February 10, 2012
Treasures of Irish Heritage, a free public event, will bring a
bit of the Emerald Isle to the Hudson Valley, February 19, 2012
from 1 to 5 pm.
Sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College’s philosophy and religious
studies department and The Irish Heritage Festival of Orange
County, the program will be held on campus in Hudson Hall, 330
Powell Avenue, Newburgh.
Thomas Martin, associate professor of liberal arts and
humanities at Sullivan County Community College, will deliver the
keynote address, “The Vikings and the Celts in North America.”
An expert in social and linguistic global affairs, Martin is
proficient in more than 12 languages. A former international
journalist, he lectured on American and European history at
National University of Ireland at Galway, from which he earned his
PhD in European history.
Mount Saint Mary College faculty members are among the workshop
James Finn Cotter, a professor of English who joined the Mount
in 1963, is a published author, poet and theatrical reviewer who
will speak on Irish-America and poetry.
Sr. Peggy Murphy, OP, a professor of religious studies who
teaches about world religions and Dominican spirituality, will
present on Celtic spirituality and the Irish influence in
Daniel Shea, an associate professor of English who teaches about
the Irish Renaissance, will focus on romance and rebellion in Irish
literature. During the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
(SURE) at the Mount, Shea advised Laura Lamica, an English major
from New Windsor, N.Y., who compiled the first anthology of the
Irish literary revival. “A Documentary History of the Irish
Literary Revival: From the Land League to Independence” was
comprised entirely of primary source materials, according to James
Moran, assistant professor of biology and SURE program director,
Maureen Morse, a first-generation Irish-American who has studied
at the Irish Language Institute in Westchester, will lead a
workshop on Irish language.