Irish Studies News
10/06/2016Dr. Timothy Madigan, associate professor of philosophy at St. John Fisher College, shared how Frederick Douglass became an international figure of peace through the murals of Danny Devenny, a former IRA member and current peace activist. Read More
05/24/2016St. John Fisher College will host the Bertrand Russell Society’s annual conference, June 24-26. Dr. Tim Madigan is currently president of the international society, which seeks to better understand the life, work, and writings of the British philosopher, mathematician, logician, and social critic. Read More
05/11/2016This year, the School of Arts and Sciences held an inaugural school-wide ceremony to recognize graduating seniors. Read More
03/30/2016Three professors from St. John Fisher College contributed chapters to the recently published book, Sportsmanship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Read More
03/17/2016Celebrated Irish actor Bosco Hogan, perhaps best known for his role as Bishop John Fisher in Showtime’s “The Tudors,” spent the week at St. John Fisher College, sharing his experiences playing the College’s namesake and delivering a one-man performance of “I AM of IRELAND: An Entertainment of W.B. Yeats.” Read More
03/17/2016Two Fisher alumni, Ryan Mahoney ’08 and Lisa Fahy ’91, celebrate and preserve Irish history through careers in museums that are dedicated to the heritage and tradition of the country. Read More
02/17/2016Celebrated Irish actor Bosco Hogan, perhaps best known for his role as Bishop John Fisher in Showtime’s “The Tudors,” will deliver two performances at St. John Fisher College on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11. Read More
11/16/2015In advance of St. John Fisher College’s World Philosophy Day conference, which marks the 150th anniversary of WB Yeats’s birth, The Irish Times featured a question-and-answer article with conference organizer Dr. Tim Madigan. Read More
11/11/2015This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of W.B. Yeats, and St. John Fisher College is commemorating the year with a two-day conference, “W. B. Yeats at 150: A Celebration,” held on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20. Read More
10/14/2015Experience an impressionistic, immersive feast of sound and vision of poetry, soundscape, and film through the production of BRENDAN! by Gerald Schwartz. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Basil 135, and is free and open to the public. Read More
Thu., November 10, 2016 at 7:00 PMThe Trials of Ulysses: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law
A Talk by Joseph Hassett
Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m.
St. John Fisher College, Golisano Gateway Midlevel The clash between James Joyce’s Ulysses and the law of obscenity is probably the most important yet least understood episode in the perennial struggle between law and literature. Joyce’s novel was adjudged obscene in one trial but exonerated in another. Joe Hassett’s s talk will compare these epoch-transforming events in search of the arguments that succeed in protecting works of the imagination from government control. The story involves the colorful lives and words of courageous proponents of Joyce’s right to be heard. Chief among them is John Butler Yeats, father of the poet, who saw that the objection to Joyce was that his “terrible veracity, naked and unashamed,” interfered with the public’s desire to live comfortably and thus superficially. Although this insight was initially ignored, arguments based on the societal importance of truth and beauty eventually prevailed.
Joseph Hassett is a graduate of Canisius College, Harvard University, and University College, Dublin, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. An attorney at Hogan Lovells, Joe is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C. and New York and has argued in appellate courts all over the country and in the United States Supreme Court. A proud Irish American whose great-grandparents emigrated from counties Clare and Cork, Joe lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Carol Melton and serves as counsel to the Embassy of Ireland.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Tim Madigan, director of the Irish Studies Program, at email@example.com.