April 30, 2007 The American Folklife Center Presents Symposium as Part of Rediscover Northern Ireland Program in May

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WHAT: A half-day symposium, “All Through the North, As I Walked Forth …,” features discussions on Irish place names, folklife and landscape. WHO: Kay Muhr, Northern Ireland Place Names Project at Queen’s University in Belfast, presents a talk on “Richard Bartlett and Place-Names in His Maps of Ulster, 1600-1603”; and Henry Glassie, professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, lectures on “Ballymenone: The Power of Place and the Riddle of History.” WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. Register by visiting www.loc.gov/folklife/northern-ireland/nIreland_registration.php. The American Folklife Center is also sponsoring a series of concerts and lectures as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program. All events are at noon, with lectures in the Mumford Room and concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
  • Wednesday, May 2: John Moulden, singer and author, presents a lecture on Irish traditional song and his work on the Sam Henry Collection, the largest collection of Irish songs ever published.
  • Wednesday, May 9: Singer Rosie Stewart performs a concert of traditional Irish song.
  • Wednesday, May 16: Members of the Francis McPeake family present a concert with former pupils from their music conservatory in Belfast.
  • Wednesday, May 23: Singer and guitarist Dáithí Sproule performs in concert with highland bagpiper Robert Watt.
  • Wednesday, May 29: Flautist Gary Hastings and singer Brian Mullen present a lecture and music demonstration.
Launched at the Northern Ireland Bureau’s St. Patrick’s Day event on March 15, the Rediscover Northern Ireland program includes more than 40 area cultural events highlighting the region’s trade and business, arts and culture, tourism and education. For more information about the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program, visit www.rediscoverni.com. The American Folklife Center’s archive, established at the Library of Congress in 1928, is one of the largest collections of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world. It contains many collections pertaining to Irish culture generally, and materials from Northern Ireland in particular.


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