Irish Nationalism and the Arts in Ireland - Spring 3-week, 2015

Travel Dates for spring session: April 30-May 12, 2015

The Faculty:

Tina Dreisbach, Associate Professor of Music

Lisa Safford, Professor of Art History

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 30 and return from Shannon on May 12.  We will have five bases during travel:

The ancient university 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 Gregory.

Ennis, Seat of County Clare, with trips to Cliffs of Moher, the unique Burren geological area, and many archeological and historical sites.

The mystical Dingle Peninsula, one of the great scenic areas of the world, and its center Dingle Town which is home to many artists and musicians.

Killarney Lakes National Park, where we will hike in another area of spectacular beauty and possibly visit the country estate Derrynane.

The capital city of Dublin, cultural center of the country and rich in Anglo-Irish, Republican, and Irish Civil War history.  In Dublin are Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the National Museum and Art Gallery, the world famous Abbey Theatre (where we will attend a play) and myriad other options.  There will be a free day in Dublin at the end of the trip.

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. Grading will be based on a presentation and exam before departure (including Irish history and a map test in addition to music and art information) and further tasks including a guided daily journal. In addition, grading will reflect professors' expectations for patience, flexibility, support of the group and a positive attitude during travel. Participants must be in good physical condition as there will be long walks and lots of steps. 

Estimated Program Costs

$4,200 above tuition, room, and board.

Costs include round-trip airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations, meals or meal allowance, field trips, admissions, guide and guest artist expenses).  Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not covered.  Students paying housing and meals to Hiram College will receive reduced fees based on the number of days overseas.

Application Deadline

October 17, 2014
A $75 non-refundable fee will be due upon receipt of the application. 

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