2022 Library Lecture Series

The 2022 Library Lecture Series will be themed around the centenary of the Irish Civil War, treaty establishing independence, and partition of the island. This year we will not only look at what happened in Ireland 100 years ago, but the effects of modern political conflict, such as Brexit. We will also look to discuss partition and civil war in Ireland and other geographic areas while identifying similarities and differences of experiences in various cultures’ responses to colonialism.
Additionally, this season, the McClelland Library will increase access to all of our programming by providing hybrid participation options. Hybrid programming has been made possible by a generous grant from the American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jim Rogers – 2 Day Literacy Residency

March 24th and 25th 2022

James Silas Rogers, a native of Minnesota, has spent most of his adult life working directly in Irish Studies.  From 1996 – 2021 he was Director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies. He assumed the Editorship of  New Hibernia Review in 2006. (NHR is  a peer-reviewed quarterly that also publishes essays, memoirs, and new poems.) Rogers was President of the American Conference for Irish Studies from 2009 to 2011.

His scholarly publications focus on Irish-American literature, with a particular interest in memoir.  His Publications inlcude: COLLECTOR OF SHADOWS: Poems  (2019),  Irish-American Autobiography: The Divided Hearts of Athletes, Priests, Pilgrims, and More (Catholic University of America Press, 2016). With Matthew J. O’Brien, he edited the contributed volume After the Flood: Irish America, 1945-1960 (Irish Academic Press, 2009),  and he also edited and introduced Extended Family: Essays on Being Irish American from New Hibernia Review (Dufour Editions, 2013).  His articles have appeared in such places as Studies: An Irish Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Irish StudiesU. S. Catholic Historian and in New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora (Carbondale: SIU Press, 2001.  

Thursday, March 24th 7PM

“Experiencing Conflict through Irish Literature” a lecture by Jim Rogers.
Admission: Free – donations are greatly appreciated. RSVP today!
Can’t attend in person?  LIVESTREAM HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6nrTriRgDA
Join Jim Rogers for an evening of exploring 10 titles in Irish literature and the ways that conflict in Irish history and culture surface through writing.


Friday, March 25th 5:30-9PM

Autobiography Writing Workshop with Jim Rogers.

We’ve all heard someone mention that we are currently “living in interesting times.” At this juncture in history we all have a story to tell about our lives and the conflict we have seen around us. Learn how to write and share your story and experiences through an autobiography workshop with Jim Rogers. Maybe one day your story will be on our shelves.
This event will be recorded.

Tickets Available

Admission – In Person Event

ICLF Member – $15
ICLF non-member/General Ticket – $20



April 2nd, 2022 11am-2:30pm

Can’t make the in person session on March 25th, but still want to attend the Autobiography Writing Workshop with Jim Rogers?
You can attend the replay of the recorded session from the comfort of your own home.
Tickets required to gain access to Zoom room.

Tickets Required

Admission – Virtual Event

ICLF Member – $10
ICLF non-member/General Ticket – $15

Photo of Ciaran Carson by – Malachi O’ Doherty

Let Us Know You are Coming

Irish Cultural Center Remembers Belfast Poet Ciaran Carson

Postponed until Fall 2022

The Irish Cultural Center will host an evening of remembrance for Belfast poet Ciaran Carson, who died in October 2019.  Beginning at 7PM, the program will include a lecture on Carson’s life and poetry, readings of his poems, and traditional Irish music.

Carson’s poetry provides witness to the conflict in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, known as “The Troubles.” He grew up in a bilingual household and attended Queen’s University, where one of his tutors was Seamus Heaney (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995).  From 2003 to 2015, he directed the Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry at Queen’s. Best known for his poetry, Carson also translated literature, played traditional Irish music, and served as arts officer on the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Collections of Carson’s poetry will be for sale, as well as raffle drawing for a basket of books and other gifts.  There is no entry fee, but donations are appreciated.  Co-sponsors include McClelland Library, Changing Hands Bookstore, ASU-New College, Kennys Bookstore-Galway, Wake Forest University Press, Reading Ireland, and the Irish Culture Center Book Discussions.

About the McClelland Library


  • Book Discussion Group 10:30AM – Norton Room
  • March Experiencing Conflict through Irish Literature” a lecture by Jim Rogers
  • March Autobiography Writing Workshop with Jim Rogers
  • Fall 2022 – Remembering Ciaran Carson