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Caoilinn Hughes, Leah Flack, Kate McCabe, and Rebecca Johns Trissler

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Newberry Irish Studies Scholarly Seminar: Roundtable Discussion on Women, Writing and Academic Institutions

Roundtable Discussion on Women, Writing and Academic Institutions

Caoilinn Hughes, Novelist & NY Public Library Cullman Fellow, Leah Flack, Marquette University, Kate McCabe, Bog and Thunder, Rebecca Johns Trissler, DePaul University

In celebration of the publication of Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes’s new novel, The Alternatives this roundtable invites a panel of women to discuss sisterhood, precarity, gatekeeping, and the unique joys and challenges women face in academic and creative pursuits. Inspired by the tale of Hughes’s fictional Flattery sisters, all of whom have PhDs, the panel will feature women from a variety of creative and academic backgrounds: creative writing, food sustainability, and literary scholarship. Grounded in the Irish landscape and looking out to the wider global terrain this discussion will tackle some of the questions raised in The Alternatives including the debates surrounding ecological crisis, sustainability, and humanity’s shared responsibilities to the planet. Audience participation is encouraged but not required!


This event is free, but all participants must register in advance. Space is limited, so please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.

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About the Irish Studies Seminar

The Newberry Library Irish Studies Seminar brings together scholars to advance understanding of Irish culture both nationally and globally. The Irish Studies Seminar is supported by Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mahoney and Christine and Michael Pope, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, and the DePaul University Irish Studies Program.


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