ICUF Senior Visiting Professor gives public lecture in the University of Toronto

January 13, 2011

Lecture: “National Identity and the Pagan Past: An Irish Poet’s Perspective c. AD 1000”

Dr Peadar Mac Gabhann (Peter Smith) will discuss the reconstruction of the pre-Christian Irish past by the medieval Irish scholar-poets. He will also consider the ways in which those scholar-poets reconciled their pagan past with their Christian present. His specific focus will be Éitset áes ecna aíbind (‘Let the pleasant company of scholars listen’), a poem written by Eochaid Úa Flainn around the year 1000, which aims to provide its audience with a synthesis of the prehistory of Ireland from the time of the Flood until the death of legendary king of Tara, Óengus Olmuccaid

Time: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Location: Robert Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College, 100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Peter J. Smith of University of Ulster is the Ireland Canada University Foundation Visiting Professor 2010-2011 with the Celtic Studies Program in The University of St Michael’s College, The University of Toronto.

Free admission – all welcome – no registration required
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