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theatre qoutes of the week

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

“When you look at the play there is loads of singing in it and I was very lucky to find a student, Katerina Kavanova, who is a great singer and is also studying Spanish,” he says. “We’ll have live music with a classical guitarist, Sean McLaughlin, and most of the music in the production has been composed specially for it.”

“With the play and the singing is that you really want to have the songs in Spanish, so we have some of the songs in Spanish and some of it is underpinned with the guitar and we keep it spoken so you still have that lyricism.”


Max Haffler chatting to the Galway advertiser about his production of Lorca’s Yerma which premiered late this week


CFP: Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I: Europe and the Wider World


Categories: Call for papers, Events

*Call for Papers for an International Workshop on ‘Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I: Europe and the Wider World’

National University of Ireland, Galway

Friday 13th-Saturday 14th June 2014

CFP deadline – 28 February 2014*

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum of debate for transnational and comparative approaches to the history of small European nations and Europe’s colonial peripheries in World War I in the context of the epochal changes brought by the collapse of large imperial states. Our aim is to reach a more nuanced understanding of the complex relationship between the peripheral regions of Europe and her empires and Europe’s metropolitan core through the comparative and transnational analysis of the contribution of European, Asian and African peripheries to the war effort in World War I.

Prof. Michael S. Neiberg, an eminent scholar of World War I, will deliver the keynote address. Prof. Neiberg has written extensively on the multiple theatres and global reach of the War, most notably in Fighting the Great War: A Global History (Harvard, 2006) and Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (2011).

Scholars are invited to submit papers on themes focusing on social, political, or economic aspects of Europe’s small nations and colonial regions during World War I.

Themes covered may include the following:

• Colonial troops serving in Europe
• Troops of ethnic European minority populations serving in Europe
• Troops of ethnic European minority populations serving in overseas colonies
• Experiences of populations of independent small nations in Europe
• Experiences of populations of ethnic minorities within European multiethnic states
• Experiences of indigenous and settler populations of European overseas empires
• Official attempts to mobilise popular support across all ethnic groups in Europe and in the overseas colonies
• Support for or resistance to such mobilisation efforts and their different outcomes

Papers may address the following geographical regions:
• Peripheries of European multi-ethnic empires in Europe
• Peripheries of European belligerent powers to the east and south of Europe
• Europe’s overseas colonies

The workshop is an initiative of Róisín Healy, Enrico Dal Lago, and Gearóid Barry at the History Department, NUI Galway, and will be held in June 2014 in order to mark the beginning of the commemorations for the hundredth anniversary of thestart of World War I.

Prospective participants should send a paper title and a 300-word abstract, accompanied by a 1-page CV to
by the deadline of 28 February 2014. They will be notified of acceptance by mid-March 2014.

Posted by conference organizing team member;
Gearóid Barry,
Department of History,
School of Humanities,
NUI Galway.

The biggest folk music news this week is, of course, the passing of the extraordinary Pete Seeger. But, before that rocked all of our worlds yesterday (as it continues to rock us today), there was seemingly big news about a collaborative tour set to kick off in March, featuring Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. According toNonesuch Records:

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle announce a special run of tour datestogether this March: “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage,” in which they share the stage for a night of song swapping, duets, storytelling, and guitar playing. These two longtime friends and mutual admirers will share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.

It woud be a fair bet that at least one song Seeger taught the world will wind up in these shows somewhere. Dates are below and tickets are available now.

Mar 18 – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – Munhall, PA
Mar 19 – Musikfest Café – Bethlehem, PA
Mar 20 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
Mar 22 – Hilbert Circle Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
Mar 23 – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
Mar 24 – Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Nashville, TN
Mar 26 – Modlin Center for the Arts – Richmond, VA
Mar 27 – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – Troy, NY
Mar 28 – Berklee Performance Center – Boston, MA
Mar 29 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA


thanks to Kim Ruehl for spreading the news 🙂

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the
release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – After a three-year battle with ALS, long-time Boston College assistant athletic director Dick Kelly has passed away.

Kelly, who was diagnosed with ALS (known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) in September 2011, passed away Thursday night at the age of 48 at Mass General Hospital. According to the school’s website, Kelly’s parents were at his hospital bed Thursday night relaying play-by-play of the Eagles’ basketball game against Georgia Tech before he passed away peacefully.

Kelly, a native of Andover and 1987 Boston College graduate, began working at his alma mater in September…

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CBS Philly

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Diocese of Scranton has settled a lawsuit with the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was hurt by a falling tombstone at an eastern Pennsylvania cemetery.

A Luzerne County judge on Thursday approved a $225,000 settlement the diocese reached with parents Patrick and Linda Frame, whose son’s leg was broken when a tombstone toppled at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Freeland in July 2010.

The lawsuit stated that the Tunkhannock family was visiting a relative’s grave when the boy touched a nearby tombstone, causing it to fall on him.

The parents argued in their suit that the diocese had a responsibility to identify and repair unstable stones.

A spokesman for the diocese said he wasn’t immediately able to comment about the settlement.

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History at Galway


The NUI Galway History Seminar meets every Wednesday at 16.00 in Room G010 in the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building (adjacent to the library). Next week (19 February) we are delighted to have a seminar from our own Enrico Dal Lago, who will speak about ‘”Purging Nations with Blood”: John Brown, Pisacane, and 19th-century guerrilla warfare’. The seminar will be followed by the launch of his new book, William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy and Radical Reform (LSU Press, 2013).

Speaker: Dr Enrico Dal Lago
Title: ‘”Purging nations with blood”: John Brown, Pisacane, and 19th-century guerrilla warfare’
Time & Date: 16.00, 19 February 2014
Venue: Room G010, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building, NUI Galway

All are welcome!

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