The Academy of Irish & Celtic Studies & local Druid group Grove of the Rising Phoenix present an 8 part lecture series. Individual lectures are available for purchase. Lectures take place from 2:00-3:30PM in the Norton Room
On the Druids
Lecture #1: September 22, 2018. “The Good, The Bad, and The Malarky!”
Who were the Druids? What do we really know about them? When did they live? Where did their lives take them? How much of what we know is history, conjecture, or just plain old guff? Join us as we present an introductory overview of the Druids. Presented by Michelle West.
Lecture #2: October 27, 2018. “The Celtic Seat of the Soul – The Head!”
Why was the head so important to the Celtic-speaking Tribes? What were their beliefs regarding the afterlife? What did the Tribes believe happens to the soul after it has left its shell? Join us as we delve into the ancestor mound and explore the beliefs surrounding the passing on of loved ones amongst the Tribes. Presented by Lytawn Crow.
Lecture #3: November 24, 2018. “Sacred Food Traditions of the Indo-Europeans”
How did our ancestors’ feasts and daily dinner table look? What foods would be abundant during different times of the year? What dishes were considered sacred for specific seasons? What traditions and taboos did our ancestors have regarding feasting? Join us as journey through a culinary exploration of what religious and/or seasonal significance surrounding food and feasting among various Indo-European cultures. Presented by Michelle West.
Lecture #4: January 26, 2019. “Poet, Healer, Smith – Brigid of Many Names”
Join us as we explore the fascinating connections with the Goddess Brigid and St. Bridget. Who was Brigid? Where does her story begin and how did she come to be revered? What footprints are left of her legacy across Europe as she came to be a Saint? Join us as we journey with Brigid through her many incarnations throughout myth and history. Presented by Michelle West.
Lecture #5: February 23, 2019. “The Indo-European Language Tree”
What languages and cultures fall along the branches of the Indo-European language tree? When did they separate and how did the tribes migrate across the continent and the islands? What are the newest theories regarding the Celtic languages and when/how they arrived to their current locales? Join us as we explore the fascinating connections with our Indo-European language roots. Presented by Michelle West.
Lecture #6: March 23, 2019. “The Ogham”
We continue our lecture series at the Irish Cultural Center with The Ogham. This ancient alphabetic system is found throughout Ireland and the British Isles. Who invented this, where and why was it used? What uses does it hold for us in the modern day? Join us as we explore the history and mystery of the Ogham. Presented by Michelle West.
Lecture #7: April 27, 2019. “The Battle of Clontarf”
We explore the day that King Brian Boru took Ireland back from the Vikings, or did he? We will take a journey back to 1014, on the eve of the Battle and learn the history behind the battle, and the man who led the armies against the Norsemen this fateful day in history. Presented by Mark Bailey.
Lecture #8: May 25, 2019: “Modern Druidism”
So, you want to call yourself a Druid. What does that mean for modern day folks? Join us as we take a look at the Druidic Revival, and the various forms of Druidism found today. Presented by Michelle West.