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Panel on Irish Writers to be Held at HWS

November 28, 2000

Geneva, NY-Louis de Paor and John Spillane will be two members of a panel discussion on “Language, Nationalism, and the Politics of Translation,” that will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 1, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Panelists will address matters from the perspective of Irish writers.

This panel follows “Reels of Rain and Wintertunes,” a night of Irish poetry and song with Louis de Paor and John Spillane, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, in Albright Auditorium, on St. Clair St., on the HWS campus. The concert and the panel discussion are free and open to the public.

In addition to Irish poet and song writer Louis de Paor and Irish singer and songwriter John Spillane, the panel will include HWS Professor of Modern Languages George Joseph, Irish poet and playwright Mairead Byrne, Cornell (former HWS) professor of Spanish Cecilia Lawless, and Bosnian political scientist (formerly at HWS and now at Cornell) Aida Hozic. HWS Professor of English Deborah Tall will moderate.

Louis de Paor has been involved with the contemporary renaissance of poetry in Irish since 1980. He received the Seán Ó Ríordáin/Oireachtas Award, the premier award for a new collection of poems in Irish, three times, and is the 2000 recipient of the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award, the first poet in Irish to receive that distinction. He directs Irish studies at National University of Ireland, Galway.

John Spillane honed his skills playing for more than seven years with the band “The Stargazers,” based in County Cork, and for five years as a singer with “Nomos.” Early last year the hugely successful album Éist featured two of Spillane's works. It also featured Éist do Bheal, written by Spillane and de Paor, performed by Sinead Lohan. Spillane is currently putting the finishing touches to his second album, this time in conjunction with EMI Ireland.

George Joseph is a professor of modern languages at Hobart and William Smith. He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. His main fields of interest are African literature and French Renaissance literature. He has recently received a Fulbright fellowship to study the translation of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Wolof, the main national language of Senegal.

Mairead Byrne, an Irish poet and playwright, teaches at Ithaca College. She holds an M.A. from Purdue University, and is a Ph.D. candidate completing her dissertation on metaphor in absentia at Purdue. In January, her long poem “The Pillar,” first published by Seneca Review, was published in chapbook form by Wild Honey Press (Ireland). In September, she was awarded a one-month residency by the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca. She is also a regional visiting fellow at the Institute for European Studies at Cornell. Her fellowship allows her to pursue research in the gendered construction of Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the construction of Kosovo in the U.S. press during the recent war.

Cecilia Lawless teaches Spanish at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from Toronto, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

Aida Hozic writes mostly about media and politics. She has taught at HWS and Ithaca College, and is currently, thanks to a research and writing grant from the MacArthur Foundation, a research associate at the Institute for European Studies at Cornell. Hozic holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia .

Deborah Tall, a professor of English at Hobart and William Smith, holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from Goddard College. She teaches creative writing courses and is editor of the HWS Seneca Review. She has also written several books, including a recently released collection of poems, Summons.