ACIS-West 2011 Program: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

9:00 am – 9:30 am, King Library, room 225

9:30 am – 10:30 am, King Library, room 225

Patrick Lonergan (National University of Ireland, Galway): “Performance, Nation, Globalization: Imaging Ireland After the Celtic Tiger.”


Panel 1: Adaptation: Novel to Stage, Stage to Stage, and Feet to Hands
10:45 am – 12:00 noon, King Library, room 225

Chair: Jodi Chilson (Boise State University)

  • Bisi Adigun (Trinity College, Dublin): “To Adapt or Not to Adapt: The Question of Originality in a Nigerian Rewrite of Two Irish Plays.”
  • Charlotte McIvor (Santa Clara University): “‘We Speak No Americano’: You Tube as Memory Machine of the Global(ized) Irish, or How Irish Hand-Dancing Took Over the World.”
  • Maria Szasz (University of New Mexico): Finian’s Rainbow as Musical Adaptation and Social Critique.”

Panel 2: Education and Mobility
10:45 am – 12:00 noon, Schiro Room, King Library, room 550

Chair: Carlos Garcia (San José State University)

  • Noeleen Boylan (Galway – Mayo Institute of Technology): “Changing Face of Higher Education in Ireland.”
  • Catherine Duggan (Attorney at Law): “Social Mobility and Economic Independence in Celtic Ireland.”
  • John L. Murphy (DeVry University, Long Beach): “The promotion of an ‘Irish Zen Saint,’ Maura O’Halloran.”

Panel 3: Performing Ireland through Film
10:45 – 12:00 noon, Hugh Gillis Hall, room 231

Chair: Ann Owens Weekes (University of Arizona)

  • Shane Trayers (Macon State College): “‘You Can’t Protect Your Women’: Sympathetic Irish Terrorists in Film 1980-1998.”
  • Jennifer Molidor (Kansas State University, Salina): “Mothering The Tiger: Globalization and the Trans-national Representation of Irish Motherhood in Film.”
  • Jeanne Armstrong (Western Washington University): “Descent to the Underworld and Rebirth in Neil Jordan’s Ondine.
  • Drew Todd (San José State University): “Adapting Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy.”

LUNCH (on your own)
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm


Panel 1: Roddy Doyle, Global Identities, and Considerations of Race
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, King Library, room 225

Chair: Audrey S. Eyler (Pacific Lutheran University)

  • Eva White (Indiana University, Kokomo): “From the Global in The Deportees to the Personal in Bullfighting: Roddy Doyle’s Continued Search for Irish Identity.”
  • Mindi R. McMann (University of California, Davis ): “Global North.”
  • Raina Celnik-Hickey (San Francisco State University): “Roddy Doyle and the National Myth.”

Panel 2: Ireland and the Global Press
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Schiro Room, King Library, room 550

Chair: James P. Walsh (San José State University)

  • Myles Dungan (Trinity College, Dublin): “‘Ruffian Prints’ – Delivering ‘Hibernia’ from the Irish-American Press – an Aspect of British Government Censorship in Ireland in the 1880s.”
  • Cian T. McMahon (University of Nevada, Las Vegas): “Caricaturing Race and Nation in the Irish-American Press, 1870-1880.”
  • Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks (University of Kansas): “Performative Nationalism and Cultural Memory: Playboy after the Riots.”
  • Dave Ferman (University of Oklahoma): “A Report and an Apology: Framing England’s Bloody Sunday Mea Culpa.

Panel 3: Performance of Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Hugh Gillis Hall, room 231

Chair: Charlotte Headrick (Oregon State University)

Veteran Broadway actor Anthony Newfield will present selections from his oneperson performance of Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf.


Panel 1: Performing Ireland on Stage and in Everyday Life
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, King Library, room 225

Chair: Charlotte Headrick (Oregon State University)

  • Catherine M. Eagan (Las Positas College): “‘A Familiar Condescension’: Irish and African-American Oppression in the Plays of Dion Boucicault.”
  • Laura O’Connor (University of California, Irvine): “Risky business in McPherson’s The Seafarer
  • Peter Weise (University of California, Davis): “Charles Macklin’s ‘Original’ Irish Brogue.”
  • Sara Brady (Bronx Community College, City University of New York): “Stopover: Shannon Airport as a Global Site of Performance.”

Panel 2: Poetry and Translation
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Schiro Room, King Library, room 550

Chair: John L. Murphy (DeVry University, Long Beach)

  • Peter Denman (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): “Translation and Internationalisation: The Case of Ciaran Carson.”
  • Marthine Satris (University of California, Santa Barbara): “The Influence of State Funding on the Publication of Poetry in Ireland.”
  • Scott Raymoure (Bard College): “Yeats the Emersonian.”

Panel 3: Staged Reading of Bisi Adigun’s The Playboy of the Sunny South East
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Hugh Gillis Hall, room 231

Chair: David Terry (San José State University)

Bisi Adigun (Trinity College, Dublin) and San José State University Students will read selections from Adigun’s play, The Playboy of the Sunny South East.

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm, King Library, room 225

John Scott (Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dublin): “Dancing through Borders: The Making of Modern Dance with Refugees and Survivors of Torture in Multicultural Ireland.”


Panel 1: Staged Reading from Gemma Whelan’s
Fiona Stolen Child
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm, Hugh Gillis Hall, room 231

San Francisco Bay Area Actors will read selections from Gemma Whelan’s novel Fiona Stolen Child. Q&A with Gemma Whelan to follow.

The Loft Restaurant, 90 S. Second Street
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Choreographed by Sharon Took-Zozaya
8:00 pm, Hal Todd Theatre, Hugh Gillis Hall, room 103

Inspired by Scottish and Irish tales of shape-shifting seals, Selkie Tides features live music with narration and traditional vocals by acclaimed Gaelic singer Mary McLaughlin, as well as original music by Mathew Schreiber. Performers include a rich cross section of the community, featuring both professional dancers and community dancers with and without disabilities, singers, musicians, and narrators. The performance explores themes common to archetypal Irish folk-lore about merrows and Scottish folklore about magical seal beings. It relates these timeless shape-shifting stories to present day challenges experienced by able-bodied and disabled people across the globe.

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