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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 University of Notre Dame IRISH SEMINAR

The IRISH SEMINAR 2012: Contemporary Irish Theatre

June 11 – June 29, 2012

The 2012 University of Notre Dame IRISH SEMINAR convenes a sterling cast of international experts, scholars and practitioners to explore contemporary Irish dramatic and theatrical landscapes and discern current patterns of dramaturgy in culturally and theatrically significant plays written in and about Ireland since 1980. This three-week series of presentations, seminars and workshops offers participants an opportunity to partake in seminars, lectures and workshops at the world famous Abbey Theatre with world renowned academics, scholars, directors, actors, critics and reviewers. Among the topics to be discussed are: patterns of history and memory, use of meta-theatre, the enabling and disabling uses of myth, and the role of narrative and monologue in contemporary Irish theatre.

Click here to view the Seminar website for more information on admission, accommodations and fellowships.

The deadline for application to the IRISH SEMINAR is March 17, 2012. Places fill quickly, so an early application is recommended.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dr. Gavin Wilk

Dr. Gavin Wilk, a former Villanova student, will be on campus on February 20th to deliver a talk entitled “Resolute revolutionaries: Joseph McGarrity and the militant Irish republican networks in the United States, 1922-1940.” He has just completed a Ph.D. in history and used the Villanova Special Collections for his dissertation.

Dr. Wilk will discuss Joseph McGarrity's leadership of the US-based republican organization, Clan na Gael, the local and national organizational structure of the Clan in Philadelphia and the U.S. He will explore McGarrity’s strong ties with Irish Republican Army veterans who had emigrated to the US after the Irish Civil War, and will include stories of leading Irish republicans in Philadelphia and New York. In addition, the discussion with detail McGarrity's involvement with the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake as well as his major role in an IRA bombing campaign in England during 1939. Dr, Wilk will also describe the resources used for his research and particularly discuss the McGarrity collection at Falvey Library.

The talk is scheduled for February 20th at 5:00 pm in SAC 300.

Please contact Craig Bailey or Joseph Lennon for more information. 
Click here to learn more about Villanova's McGarrity collection.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

21words Review Website

If you are interested in  films, books, music, television and games, check out this new user-generated review site, 21words. Three English Literature research students at the University of Sheffield have recently established the site and are encouraging budding writers to post their creative insights into a chosen genre within a strict word limit.

Click here to view the site.

2012 Spring Career Fairs

Mark your calendars for this spring's career fairs! Arts and Business will be on Tuesday, February 7th in the  Villanova Room from 1-5 p.m. Science, Engineering and Technology will be Wednesday, February 8th in the Villanova Room from 1-5 p.m. This year’s fair is drawing employers in record numbers (70+ for Arts and Business, 40+ for Science, Engineering and Technology), all of whom will be in attendance to speak with students about opportunities at their organizations.

Click here to see the list of attending employers

Both career fairs are open to ALL MAJORS and CLASS YEARS, so if you are looking for an internship, full time job, or just want to connect with employers – you should not miss it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

14th Annual Villanova Literary Festival

Award winning poet CD Wright will be on campus this Thursday, February 2nd to kick off Villanova's 14th annual Literary Festival. Wright's reading is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema. A reception and book signing will follow. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information on the 14th Annual Villanova Literary Festival.