Fall 2022 Events

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events were suspended. However, we encourage you to check out on-line events posted at

Past in-person events:

Irish Trad Music Celebration –

featuring Colin Harte, James Cleveland, Tracy Kingsley, Sean Tierney and John Redmond to support the Irish in New York Oral History Project and Queens College Irish Studies. Saturday, February 8th, 2020 – 2-5pm – $5 donation per person. RSVP ASAP . Donovan’s Pub, Woodside, NY at 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue. 


Cré na Cille: The nine lives of a modernist text

Friday, 21 February 2020 – 7:00PM-8:30PM

CUNY Graduate Center—Room 9207

Free – RSVP to

Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s masterpiece Cré na Cille (1949) will be the focus of this examination of the textual history and reception of a novel which continues to entertain and perplex in equal measures. Key questions for consideration shall include the following topics: How do the extant variants inform our understandings of the text and its tradition(s)? In a work dominated by dense, virtuoso speech acts, what pragmatic processes have been employed to unlock textual ambiguity? How do the stylistically diverse translations The Dirty Dust (2015) and Graveyard Clay (2016) function as metatextual commentaries?

Lecture by Dónall Ó Braonáin of the National University of Ireland, Galway. He lectured in the Department of Modern Irish in UCD for several years and worked on academic publishing projects in the Royal Irish Academy (Dictionary of Irish Biography, Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge). He has worked in RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster, as a journalist, producer and senior editor and was Deputy Head of Raidió na Gaeltachta. Having served as the director of NUI Galway/Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, he is presently a member of the Acadamh’s archive team in Roisín na Mainiach, Carna.

Irish Language Day – Lehman College Symposium entitled, ‘Ceol, Amhránaíocht, Sean-Nós agus Ceiliúradh ar Shaothar Mháirtín Uí Chadhain’ – appropriate for advanced students of Irish to fluent speakers.

Saturday, 22 February 2020 – 9:30AM-5:00PM

Lehman College—Room 330, Music Building

Registration Fee – $20


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Fuaimrian: An illustrated lecture of music and song based on the works of Patrick Pearse

Monday, 24 February 2020 – 7:00PM-8:30PM

CUNY Graduate Center—Room 9205

Free – RSVP to

A lecture on sean-nós singing and the changes in performance and presentation of songs in recent years. This lecture is based on the research of the presenter regarding music and song in Patrick Pearse’s plays.

Síle Denvir is a harpist and sean-nós singer from the Conamara Gaeltacht. She is a founding member of the group Líadan, a well-known Irish traditional band. Síle is a regular contributor to various TV and radio programmes and has also presented the programmes ‘Sean-Nós’ and ‘Fleadh TV’ on TG4. Dr. Denvir is also an academic and works as an Irish language lecturer in Dublin City University. She has a particular interest in Irish-language song and her publications include Ciarán Ó Fátharta – Amhráin, an edition of songs composed by the Conamara songwriter Ciarán Ó Fátharta, published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht. Her latest research project, a CD/Booklet called Caithréim: Ceol agus Amhráin ó Dhrámaí an Phiarsaigh, was shortlisted by The Irish Times in the highly competitive ‘Best Traditional Album 2016’ category.

The Music of Mayo: Irish Traditional Music

Saturday, 29 February 2020, 2PM

Campus: Recital Hall, 3rd Floor,

Music Building, Lehman College

Sponsor: Lehman College Department of

Music, Multimedia, Theatre, & Dance


Is it possible to write a history of forgetting?

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 6:30PM

Speaker: Guy Beiner, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Campus: Skylight Room, CUNY Graduate Center

Sponsors: Queens College Irish Studies, GC MA Program in Biography & Memoir & CUNY-IIAS


22nd Annual Day of Percussion Concert with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble and the Lehman College CUNY Percussion Ensemble. [Canceled]

Thursday, 12 March 2020 – 2PM.

Campus: Lehman College, East Dining Room, First Floor, Music Building.

Sponsor: The Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance.


Interview with memoirist Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations: Reflections from Life [Canceled]

Monday, 23 March 2020, 5PM

Campus: Room 8301, CUNY Graduate Center

Sponsor: Queens College Irish Studies and GC MA Program in Biography & Memoir


Lives of Historians Series, Interview with Nicholas Canny [Canceled]

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 6PM

Campus: Room 5114, History Lounge, CUNY Graduate Center

Sponsors: Queens College Irish Studies, GC Ph.D. Program in History & MA Program in Biography & Memoir


Colloquial Irish 2: The Next Step in Language Learning [Canceled]

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 3:30PM

Speakers: John Gillen & Tomás Ó hÍde

Campus: Room TBA, Lehman College

Sponsors: Lehman College Department of Languages & Literatures and CUNY-IIAS