The annualWhy Irish?colloquium that brings international speakers to the University of Notre Dame to examine the role of the Irish language in various disciplines will take place Thursday and Friday (Sept. 14 and 15). This years theme is communication and song.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature two presentations:
- Thursday: TG410 Years AGrowing(4 p.m., 422 Flanner Hall), a lecture by Cathal Goan, the first chief executive officer of TG4, the Irish language national television channel. Goan will reflect on founding a minority language television station and the future of state broadcasting inEurope.
- Friday: Neilí Ní Dhomhnaill and the West Donegal Song Tradition(3 p.m., auditorium of theHesburghCenterfor International Studies), a musical performance by Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill, one ofIrelands foremost singers. She is the recipient of the highest honor in Irish music, TG4s Traditional Singer of the Year, and will perform songs celebrating the history, culture and people of Donegal andIreland.
Why Irish?is sponsored by the Department of Irish Language and Literature and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.