1st Wednesday Talk Ponders Irish Rebellion of 1916
Mount Holyoke professor Amy Martin will discuss W. B. Yeats’ iconic poem, ‘Easter, 1916,’ in the context of its centenary in a talk at Manchester’s First Congregational Church on Wednesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. This free public talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays lecture series, hosted by Manchester Community Library.
As Ireland approaches the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916, both the Irish nation-state and scholars of Ireland have begun to reevaluate the rebellion’s historical, political and artistic significance. Against this backdrop, Martin will examine Yeats’ iconic poem, written right after the rebellion, to consider the Rising itself and the complexities of its commemoration.
Martin is associate professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and the author of ‘Alter-Nations: Nationalisms, Terror and the State in 19th Century Britain and Ireland.’ She has published in numerous journals and collections, and has lectured as a faculty member at Notre Dame’s Irish Studies Summer Seminar and the James Joyce Summer School. Martin is at work on a new book and recently lectured on her research at Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies and the Irish Cultural Center at the Elms.
The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays; this talk is underwritten by Burr and Burton. MCL is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café and Vermont Renewable Fuels. For details, call the Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or visit vermonthumanities.org.