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Seamus Blake discusses "Sean Ó Tuama and Irish Gaelic in the 20th Century: His Influence on Literature and the Language Revival"

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Friday, April 4th 2008 at 7pm
at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

 Seamus Blake

Sean Ó Tuama (1926-2006) achieved notable successes as a poet, playwright, critic, university lecturer, and authoritative scholar.  His positive influence on the development of Irish Gaelic literary studies is fully established without question by experts in the field.  However, the record of his role as an administrator of Irish language agencies has elicited equivocal responses.  Even so, his stature as a major figure of Irish Gaelic letters and his personal practice as a creative writer and scholar has contributed to the substance and admirable quality of Irish Gaelic discourse in the 20th century.

Dr. Seamus Blake, well known host of "Míle Fáilte" on WFUV (90.7) FM and of Fordham University, has been broadcasting in the Irish language weekly for 30 years.  He also has an extensive academic background in Irish Gaelic literature.  Having studied as a Fulbright Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Blake is the Celtic Studies Section Head of the International Modern Language Association Bibliography.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York University and taught Irish at Queens College-CUNY and the Gaelic Society of New York.  He is editor of Éire-Ireland: A Journal of Irish Studies and editorial board member of New Hibernia Review and The Journal of Celtic Language Learning.  He has published articles surveying Irish Gaelic literature in Éire-Ireland, New Hibernia Review, and the Irish Literary Supplement, as well as presented papers at ACIS, IASIL, and NAACLT conferences.

Presentation will be in English and Irish.

Free admission.

In order to ensure a seat, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email

Directions to Glucksman Ireland House NYU.