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Monday, February 8, 2010

Villanova Welcomes New Irish Studies Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Lennon will be joining the English Department in the fall as the new Director of Villanova's Irish Studies Program. Dr. Lennon received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and has been teaching at Manhattan College since 2001. He is the author of Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History, which was published by Syracuse University Press in 2004 and was awarded the Donald J. Murphy Distinguished First Book Award by the American Conference for Irish Studies (2005). He has published many essays and articles on topics ranging from the cultural interface been Ireland and India to gender in contemporary Irish poetry, and his current research concerns depictions of hunger strikes in modern Irish literature. Dr. Lennon is also an accomplished poet who has published numerous poems in journals and poetry collections.

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