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10th Annual James Joyce Celebration: “The New Joyce Scholars”

In collaboration with riverrun

Friday, February 1, 2013, 2:30–10 pm

Patricia O’Gorman (right) and Shanaway West

FREE for Members
$5 for non-members

This exciting celebration begins with a series of lectures by young Joyce scholars from area colleges and universities. Then, Patricia O’Gorman and Shanaway West will perform songs in the very best style of Old Ireland. 

2:30–3:30 pm
Lecture: “How to Write Ulysses
With Ronan Crowley, Ph.D. Candidate, The State University of New York at Buffalo 

4–5 pm
Lecture: “‘Won’t You Be an Artist’s Moral’: Rereading Joyce’s ‘Eveline’”
With David Ben-Merre, Assistant Professor, English Department, Buffalo State College

5:30–6:30 pm
Lecture: “Three Score and Ten Toptypsical Readings in a Sentence in Finnegans Wake
With Robert Baines, Professor, Le Moyne College

7–8 pm
Lecture: “Punnishment”
With Tim Conley, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University

8:30 pm
Performance: Patricia O’Gorman and Shanaway West
Audiences will be treated to a toe-tapper of an evening as Patricia O’Gorman and Shanaway West perform a musical mix of songs, including jigs, reels, waltzes, and hornpipes in the very best style of Old Ireland.

About the Performers

Patricia O’Gorman is the current U.S. East Coast Ladies Irish Singing Champion for 2012–13. It is the fourth time she has won the Gold Medal for Traditional Singing at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey. It is the preliminary to the prestigious All-Ireland Music Competition, in which O’Gorman has participated four times, and which welcomes the best singers from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and the United States.

The musical group Shanaway West is composed of Gregor Harvey on guitar and octave mandolin and Natalie Bennett (of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra) on fiddle. 

About the Lecturers 

Ronan Crowley
is a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Buffalo. He is interested in the composition of Ulysses—especially that of Episode Fifteen, “Circe”—and in Joyce's preparatory reading for the novel. His work appears in the James Joyce Quarterly and the online annual Genetic Joyce Studies.

David Ben-Merre received his B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate from Brown University. He has just completed Time Travels and Modernist Poetry, which examines how modernist poets reconfigure cultural notions of temporality. His work on Joyce has been published in the James Joyce Quarterly.

Dr. Robert Baines has studied at Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin and currently teaches at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. He has published articles in European Joyce Studies, The Journal of Modern Literature, and the collection Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics. He is currently working on a monograph on Joyce and philosophy.

Tim Conley earned his Ph.D. from Queen’s University, his M.A. from McGill University, and his B.A. from York University. He has published two books on Joyce—Joyce’s Disciples Disciplined: A Re-Exagmination of the ‘Exagmination’ of ‘Work in Progress’ and Joyces Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation—and his work has also been published in the James Joyce Quarterly.


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