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Island Lecture Series January Lecture: Focus on Ireland

Featuring Erin Rowan and Eoin O'Beaglaoich

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge

The January Island Studies Lecture is Tuesday, January 17, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring graduate student Erin Rowan speaking about her research on “islandness” in Ireland. She will be joined by Eoin O'Beaglaoich, a visiting lecturer in Irish culture and language at UPEI, and musician in residence at Holland College.

Last spring, Erin Rowan travelled to County Kerry in southwest Ireland for a six-week research trip. While there, she conducted interviews in Cahersiveen and Valentia Island, as well as visited libraries and archives around the county and country. Her research explores a dark time in Irish history, the Great Potato Famine (1845-1852), and how this period was felt and experienced by the people of Valentia Island and Cahersiveen. The subtle differences in Famine experience between these two places show the effects of islandness and peripherality on this important period in Ireland's history.

Eoin O'Beaglaoich is from the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry. This area was also deeply affected by the hardships of the Famine and Eoin will share a story or two from the folklore of the region.

Erin Rowan is a Master of Arts in Island Studies student at UPEI. Her interests include history, islandness, and travel. Her research is sponsored by the Ireland Canada University Foundation's James M. Flaherty Scholarship, an organization committed to fostering connections between Ireland and Canada. Eoin O'Beaglaoich is an Irish scholar and musician, who plays concertina and accordion. His time on the Island is also sponsored by the Irish Canada University Foundation.
Watch for details for another lecture about islands – near and far – Thursday, February 23! For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.

 Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


"OPEN PAGES" highlights new book on PEI’s
Quaker settlement

Featuring Jane Ledwell
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: Robertson Library, UPEI
This month’s edition of “Open Pages” at UPEI’s Robertson Library happens Wednesday evening, January 18, at 7 pm and highlights the book Bird Calls, featuring poems by Jane Ledwell in response to a travel essay by Isabella Lucy Bird - "The Englishwoman on an Island" - published in 1856.

Open Pages features local authors speaking about their books: what inspired them, what they learned, what they shared. The public is warmly invited to this evening, which takes place in the common area on the second floor of UPEI. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be for sale, and signing by the author.




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