Hopkins Festival Lecturers 2015























































































































Lecturers 2015

If you haven't registered for the Hopkins Festival, tickets for individual lectures are available at €10 each

Christine Kinealy Quinnipiac University US

great_hungerWorld renowned Great Famine expert Christine is professor of history and Director of Irish Studies Institute, a scholarly ressource for the study of The Great Hunger. Kinealy is a noted author of seven books on the Great Hunger, including "This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52, which was named the "Irish Post" Book of Year in 1995.

The Irish Famine of 1845-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. The Famine caused the death of approximately one million out of an Irish population of eight million. A similar number were forced to emigrate. The Irish population was reduced to just over one million by the beginning of the 20th century.

With fascinating insight, Dr. Kinealy unravels fact from opinion, confronts the role of ethnic stereotypes, and examines the ruling Anglo-Irish government's response to the disaster while analyzing its motives. She reveals the scope of the Famine's impact, showing how local communities were affected and provides a detailed account of the relief measures organized at both local and national levels. ..

James Mackey, Professor Theology (Emeritus University Edinburgh)

je_man_mythJames P. Mackey holds doctorates in both philosophy and theology. He was the first Roman Catholic to hold the chair of theologyin Edinburgh University since the founding of the university in the sixteenth century. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, at Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, at Dartmouth College, and currently at Trinity College, Dublin.

Among his ten books are The Problems of Religious Faith, Jesus the Man and the Myth, An Introduction to Celtic Christianity, The Critique of Theological Reason, and Power and Christian Ethics. More about James Mackey

Plenary Lecture Monday July 27th 12.15
Jesus - Prophet Betrayed

"Mackey's erudite book reflects years of research and thought...the book...should galvanize needed conversations between scientists, philosophers, and theologians." The Journal of Religion

"Insightful, relevant, penetrating, and at times refreshingly witty, The Critique of Theological Reason is an availing addition to any theological repertoire." - Ashland Theological Journal, Jacob Louis Waldenmaier

Michèle Draper (France)
Ed Cohen (Rollins College, Florida, USA)
Edward R. Cohen, William R. Kenan Professor of English Rollins College Florida, US

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Ed Cohen, distinguished teacher and scholar, in Rollins College Florida. An expert of Victorian literature, Ed has been recognized as the outstanding educator in US in 1971 and 1972 ... 'His essays on Hopkins focus primarily on the manuscripts and the production of the 1918 Poems. They have appeared in The Book Collector , The Victorians Institute Journal and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. His first book was a comprehensive Hopkins bibliography. He has also published articles on GMH in The Hopkins Quarterly and Downside Review.

Lecture: The Bible Birthday Book (Juy 2th 10.00 hours)

Thomas McCarthy O.P.

Dominican Fr. Thomas McCarthy OP is currently editor of Religious Life Review. After studies in the Augustianum in Rome, Fr. McCarthy taught patristic and dogmatic theology in Tallaght. He has been Secretary General of the Order and for twenty years has been an international television commentator on major papal ceremonies.

Dr. Youngmin Kim Dongguk Uni. Seoul, South Korea

Professor Kim has published widely on poetry, poetics and transnationalism with special focus on British and Irish literature and Irish, British, American, and Canadian poetry and critical theory. As President of the influential English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) in 2012, he organized the ELLAK International Conference, "Border,Translation, and What Then?" Youngmin is a regular visitor and lecturer at the Hopkins Festival. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of English Language and Literature sponsored by the Korean National Research Foundation.

Lecture Title: Spiritual Extasy in Hopkins (July 25th 14.00 hours)

Jane Chilcott (UK) Oxford University First Class Hons.

Jane, wife of UK Ambassador, jokingly describes as "a trailing spouse", Jane met Dominick at Oxford where she graduated with a first-class honours degree in English literature. A life-long Hopkins enthusiast, we look forward to her lecture.

Lecture Title: Only Connect - A Natural Anxiety (July 25th 14.30 hours)

Portia Weston, Point Park University, Pittsburg

Lecture: Hopkins and Dante (July 25th 16.45 hours )

ed cohenEd Cohen Rollins College Florida

An expert of Victorian literature, Ed has been recognized as the outstanding educator in US in 1971 and 1972 ...

Lecture: The Bible Birthday Book (Juy 2th 10.00 hours)





Andrew Delohery Quinnipiac University USA

andrew deloheryLecture: The Eyes of Hopkins and Emerson (July 27th 10.30 hours)








Donald Platt Purdue University USA


Since 2000, Dr. Platt teaches Creative writing with emphasis on poetry and Twentieth-Century Poetry at undergraduate and graduate levels at Purdue Univesity . He is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dirt Angels ; My Father Says Grace  2007); Cloud Atlas, and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns. His poems have appeared in many journals including  The Best American Poetry 2000 and 2006. Donald is a recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three Pushcart Prizes.

Lecture: Instress: How Hopkins Crossed the Atlantic and appeared Unto Berryman (July 28th 11.45 hours)

Brendan Staunton SJ, Irish Jesuit Province

Lecture: Hopkins and the Homily (28th July 12.15 hours)

Alan O'Neill Hopkins Festival Committe Member

Presentation: Hopkins and Wales 28th 16.15 hours

Diarmuid Johnson

diarmuid_johnson2Diarmuid has his doctoral degrees in Celtic Studies. Since 1989, he has lectured and was Visiting Professor in Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Germany and Poland. Diarmuid has five years experience as journalist and editor. Author and co-author of many books, he is also an accomplished musician, and his flute-playing features on various recordings. Find out more about Diarmuid on his website . Diarmuid, a multilinguist, will direct the Multilingual Translation Workshop July 29th 10.00 hours.

Lecture The stooks arise: Harvest in Welsh Poetry July 28 16.45 hours

Michele Draper Universite Paris-Est MLV FRANCE

Lecture: Coleridge Strain in Hopkins Poetry 29th July 14.30 hours


Michael Woods Malvern College UK

Search the Hopkins Archive for excellent lectures by Michael Woods.

Lecture: Hopkins and the Visual Arts 29th July 14.45 hours

Brian Arkins Emeritus Professor Classics NUI Galway

brian_arkins_bookAmong Brian's publications are:
Kingfishers: Essays on Irish and English Poetry (Goldsmith critical studies)3 May 2001 by Serpillo Giuseppe and Brian Arkins

Builders of My Soul: Greek and Roman Themes in Yeats (Irish literary studies / IASAIL-Japan 2)13 Nov 1989 Brian Arkins Hardcover

Hellenizing Ireland: Greek and Roman Themes in Modern Irish Literature 5 Jun 2005 by Brian Arkins

The Thought of W.B. Yeats (Reimagining Ireland) 29 Jun 2010 by Brian Arkins

Search the Hopkins Archive for excellent lectures by Brian Arkins.

Lecture Hopkins and Yeats 30th Juy 10.00

Desmond Egan Artistic Director Hopkins Festival

Guided Tour for Students Some Poems of W B Yeats july 30 10.30 hours

Sean Bagnal Historian

Search the Hopkins Archive for past lectures by Sean

Lecture Hopkins and Dublin July 30 11.45 hours

Robert Smart Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Quinnipiac University USA

robert_smartrobert_smartRobert Smart is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Quinnipiac University, where he teaches advanced writing, Irish and Gothic Studies courses. Smart is the founding editor of The Writing Teacher (National Poetry Foundation), co-editor of Direct From the Disciplines (Heinemann, Boynton-Cook 2006), and author of The Nonfiction Novel (UPA 1984). He has published on Irish and Gothic Studies in several anthologies, and in Postcolonial Text. His most recent publication, Black Roads: The Famine in Irish Literature will be forthcoming from Cork University Press in October 2015.

Check out Robert's fine lecture from Hopkins 2014 on Hopkins’ Hidden God: Inscape, Pascal and the Aesthetic Wager

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