Irish Nationalism and the Arts in Ireland - Spring 3-week, 2013

Travel Dates for spring session: April 24-May 7, 2013

The Faculty:

Tina Dreisbach, Associate Professor of Music

The Course:

Interdisciplinary 313: Irish Nationalism (3 credit hours)

The Program:

This program explores the culture of Ireland through its history and rich heritage of verbal arts, folklore and music.  In particular we will consider the increasing fervor of Irish nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries which led to an outpouring of plays, poetry, literature, music and dance, a striking example of political and artistic cooperation.  Another focus will be maritime and emigration history, particularly the link with America.

The Course:

The course will provide students with immersion into the history, art, literature, traditional music, and contemporary realities of Ireland.  Through travel, study, and contact with the Irish people they will interact with a society that is outwardly modern and similar to America.  Below the surface, however, Ireland is a Celtic culture with deeply held historical memory and a world view quite different than the U.S.  Such contact helps students to explore their own and their society's values.

Students will recognize connections between historical events, often difficult and challenging, and artistic creation in Ireland.American students will discover a different world view in a much older culture than their own.Students will interact with a society that places high value on story, song, conversation and personal connections in past and present.Students will, on return, have basis to reflect on their own culture's history, values, and sense of exceptionalism.

Itinerary & Highlights:

The first five class days will be on campus.  We expect to fly to Shannon, Ireland on April 24 and return from Shannon on May 7.  We will have five bases during travel:

The ancient city of Galway, with superb music and day trips to the Aran Islands, Connemara, and Coole Park, gathering place for Irish writers including Yeats, Synge, Shaw and Lady GregoryEnnis, seat of County Clare, with trips to Cliffs of Moher, the Burren geological area, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of LimerickThe mystical Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, where we will hike and visit monastic ruins in one of the great scenic areas of the worldKillarney and the Ring of Kerry, another area of spectacular beautyCork on the River Lee, cultural capital of south Ireland, and Cobh, the departure point for emigrants and the Titanic's last port of call.  Both areas are very rich in Anglo-Irish, Republican, and Irish Civil War history.  Cork offers great music and is one of Ireland's most pleasurable and accessible cities.

The trip is planned in partnership with Mick Moloney's Irish Folklore Tours. Dr. Moloney is a musician, folklorist, and eminent authority on Irish-American culture. Our escorts for travel in Ireland will be cultural specialist Liam Boyle, a native of County Tipperary, and driver extraordinaire Willie Ryan of Limerick.

Class Requirements:

Mandatory orientation sessions will be held on campus before departure. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and participate fully in discussions and excursions. Participants should be in good physical condition as there will be long walks and lots of steps. Grades will be based on participation, a presentation and exam before departure which will include a map test and music listening, and other assignments including a guided daily journal.

Estimated Program Costs

$4,000 above tuition, room, and board.  Costs include round trip airfare, ground transportation, accommodations in centrally located hotels or hostels with breakfast, daily allowance for lunch and dinner, field trips, admissions, guide and guest artist expenses. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included. Hiram students living on campus will not be charged Hiram room and board for the duration of this trip.

Application Deadline

October 12, 2012
A $75 non-refundable fee will be billed to your Hiram College account upon receipt of your application. This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.

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