Remembering the Rising at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix

Hi all,

One of our own–Joyce East–sent along a link to the exhibit she’s organized at the Irish Cultural Center/McLelland Irish Library: “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy.”

Take a look at this great exhibit, and, if you’re in Phoenix anytime soon, please stop by!

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ACIS-West 2015 photos

Thanks to all participants for a fantastic ACIS-West conference in Rapid City, SD! Special thanks to Eamonn Wall, David Lloyd, Donal O’Kelly, and Myles Dungan for superb keynote events. Congratulations to Brian McCabe, the 2015 Donald E. Jordan – Willard C. Potts Award winner for best paper delivered by an emerging scholar. Until next year!

ACIS-West 2015

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Final Conference Program

The final program is available here: 2015 ACIS-West Final Program

See you all soon in Rapid City! Safe travels.

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Fionnuala: an Irish Theatrical Production – Free Public Event

Award-winning Irish playwright and actor Donal O’Kelly will perform his play, Fionnuala, at the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, SD on October 17 as the keynote event of the American Conference for Irish Studies annual meeting. The play explores the consequences of the Shell Corrib drilling project in Ireland. It follows the character of Ambrose Keogh, a Shell employee who is magically confronted by the Irish mythical deity Fionnuala, who puts a spell on him. Bound to tell the truth about Shell’s operations, Ambrose meets his primary school classmate, Malachy Downes, an anti-pipeline activist, and echoes from the past resound. Approximately 1 hour in length.

The play will be followed by a roundtable discussion about Irish and American energy production and the preservation of indigenous lands and communities. Artists, scholars, and activists from South Dakota’s Native American communities will participate in the dialogue. The discussion will begin at 5:30 and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are made possible by the generous support of the Allied Arts Fund, the Stanford Adelstein Grant, and the American Conference for Irish Studies. For more information, email

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Technology at ACIS-West

We will have a projector and laptop in each conference room. If you wish you show visual materials, please bring your materials on a flash drive. You may also connect your own laptop, but if you have a Mac, please bring your own VGA adapter (the projectors have VGA cables, which connect directly to PCs). Each room also has a sound system if you need audio. We will have some tech assistance from the hotel, but you are also encouraged to arrive early for your panel if you are using A/V in order to work out any technological issues.

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Conference Schedule

The 2015 conference schedule is now available for download here: acis-schedule-draft

Please send inquiries and report any errors to

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Alternate hotel for ACIS-West

The Hotel Alex Johnson is filling up quickly for our conference weekend. You can still call the hotel to ask if they have rooms available. The hotel will honor the group rate of $79/night for standard rooms only. This rate does not apply to suites.

Alternately, I have secured a group rate of $99/night at the Hotel Adoba a mere two blocks away. You need to book by September 24 to secure this rate. (Although it sounds higher, additional fees at Hotel Alex Johnson make this rate fairly comparable to the HAJ rate). The rate is for standard rooms and includes a full hot breakfast buffet. Please ask for the “Irish Studies” rate when you call. I think you will enjoy your stay at Hotel Adoba if you wind up there — it is a beautiful, newly refurbished hotel.

Please remember to register for the conference on this site (scroll down the home page). We look forward to meeting you all soon in Rapid City. As always, do not hesitate to direct questions to

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