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Burns Library Past Events



Former events held at Burns Library


A Poets' Tribute to Michael & Edna Longley

October 7, 6:00pm


Writers Talks: John Banville & Richard Ford in Conversation

September 23, 7:00pm


Egan Irish Harps: Neoclassical Art Meets Traditional Music

This special performance lecture and reception celebrates the release of The Egan Irish Harps: Tradition, Patrons and Players by Nancy Hurrell of Braintree, MA, recently published by Four Courts Press with support from John J. Burns Library. This event is jointly sponsored by the Irish Georgian Society and Boston College Libraries.
May 17, 2019, 5pm


Material Cultures of Devotion in the Jesuit Missions: A Roundtable Discussion

Sacred objects such as relics, rosaries, crucifixes, and devotional books were crucial to the early Jesuit missions, playing important roles in proselytization and conversion. This roundtable examined sacred objects in three very different Jesuit missions – England, China, and Northeastern America – to compare the devotional, social, and sometimes political significance that these materials acquired in different geographical and cultural circumstances. 
April 26, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00pm


Eugene O’Neill and Ireland 

April 30, 2019, 7pm


Shakespeare and the Modern Irish Theatre – Staging Anglo-Irish relations from 1916 to Brexit

Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway and Spring 2019 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, will offer a lecture in Burns Library at 4:30pm on Shakespeare and Modern Irish Theater, followed by a reception.
April 10, 2019, 4:30 – 9:00pm


Flann O’Brien Exhibit Opening with Irish artists David and Eddie O’Kane

Irish artists David and Eddie O’Kane will speak about their responses to Flann O’Brien and his work The Third Policeman.
​February 12, 2019, 4:30pm – 7:00pm