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Last updated 3 April, 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Opening Night: Wednesday

– Opening reception in Burns Library with Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, with dramatic readings by David Gullette (Poets’ Theatre) (5:00-7:00)
Keynote: Kevin Barry Lowell Lecture series reading in Gasson Hall 100 (7:00)
– Dinner on your own/pick-up groups (8:30)

Day 1: Thursday

All sessions in Connolly House unless otherwise noted.
– Continental breakfast (provided) (9:00-9:30)
– Panel session: “Dineen, Decadence, and Diaspora” (Kuhn, Harkin, Gontarski) (9:30-11:00)
– Coffee break (11:00-11:30)
Keynote: Frank McNally (Irish Times) (11:30-12:30)
– Lunch (provided) (12:30-1:30)
– Connolly House “Slí na gCopaleen: Gortahork Here we Come:” with Deirdre Learmont and Oisín Ó Nualláin (1:30-2:00)
– Break and walk to Burns Library (2:00-3:00)
– Presentation of Augmented Reality app “On the Trail of the Third Policeman” (3:00-3:15)
– Burns Library Flann O’Brien archives exploration (3:15-4:15)
– Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with performed excerpts from Flann’s work by Here Comes Everybody Players (4:15)
– Speakers’ Dinner (5:30 departure); others: dinner on your own/pick-up groups

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Friday, April 8, 2022

Day 2: Friday

All sessions in Connolly House unless otherwise noted.
– Continental breakfast (provided) (9:00-9:30)
– Panel session: “Wireless, TV, and the Rising Tide” (Harris & LaBine, Mills, Peral) (9:30-11:00)
– Coffee break (11:00-11:30)
Keynote: Maebh Long (University of Waikato) (11:30-12:30)
– Lunch (provided) (12:30-1:30)
– Panel session: “Fraudulence, Fisticuffs, and Vendettas” (O’Grady, LaBine, Learmont & Ó Nualláin) (1:30-3:00)
– Coffee break (3:00-3:15)
An Béal Bocht screening with kind permission, Nervecentre, Derry/Londonderry, followed by discussion (3:15-4:15)
– Walk from Connolly House to Higgins Hall 300 (4:15-4:30)
– Arán agus Im (“Bread and Butter”) theatrical presentation on the Irish language and breadmaking by Manchán Magan at Higgins Hall 300 (4:30-6:15)
– Walk from Higgins Hall to Connolly House (6:15-6:30)
– Conference cookout (registered attendees only) at Connolly House, with remarks by IFOBS president Paul Fagan (6:30-9:00)

Day 3: Saturday

All sessions in Connolly House unless otherwise noted.
– Continental breakfast (provided) (9:00-9:30)
– Panel session: “Skins, Species, and Sewer Gas” (Fagan, Schaaf, Cox) (9:30-11:00)
– Coffee break (11:00-11:30)
Keynote: Catherine Flynn (University of California, Berkeley) (11:30-12:30)
– Lunch (provided) (12:30-1:30)
– “The Ethical Journalist in this Troubled Time,” discussion on ethics and newspapers today with Fintan O’Toole (Irish Times), Frank McNally (Irish Times) and Charles Sennott (Ground Truth Project), immoderated by Joseph Nugent (1:30-2:45)
– Walk from Connolly House to McMullen Museum (2:45-3:30)
– “Fintan on Parr”: Martin Parr exhibition tour at McMullen Museum with Fintan O’Toole (3:30-5:00)
– Break and walk over to Waterworks Museum (5:00-6:00)
– “Third Policeman’s Ball,” closing gala reception in partnership with Consulate General of Ireland in Boston at the Waterworks Museum with Fintan O’Toole book launch, champion fiddle player Andrew Caden, trad musicians music by Conor O’Brien and Gregory Grene, BC Irish dancers, recitations, and more. Attendance by advance registration and invitation only (6:00-9:30)

Saturday, April 9, 2022
Sunday, April 10, 2021


– No conference programming or meals
– Tour Boston on your own