In celebration of Yeats’s sesquicentennial, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Rockhurst University, Ottawa University, and the Kansas City Irish Festival are hosting an interdisciplinary academic symposium, “Mapping Yeats,” at the Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 3 and 4. The symposium will feature keynote lectures by Professors Declan Kiberd and Vicki Mahaffey, and performances of Cathleen Ní Houlihan and Spreading the News by the Central Standard Theatre. The symposium will also showcase archival artifacts from the P. S. O’Hegarty collection at the University of Kansas, illustrating Yeats’s connections with Dublin, London, Sligo, and Galway.
The organizers welcome presentations addressing Yeats’s geographical, political, spiritual, philosophical, theatrical, literary, and other relationships with specific people and places. They also welcome presentations that use archival materials to develop new insights into Yeats’s life and work, including his contributions to, and relationships with, the Irish Literary Revival, the Irish National Theatre, the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War, the Dun Emer press, the Irish Senate, and leagues and societies like the Rhymers Club, the Gaelic League, and the Irish Republican Brotherhood. You can find a downloadable copy of the Call for Papers here.
The event coincides with the Kansas City Irish Fest, which takes place September 4-6. KC Irish Fest is one of the largest Irish Festivals in the USA, with over 90,000 attendees over the weekend. It features five music stages, a culture area, whiskey and beer tasting tents, a children’s area, a comedy stage, genealogy, and art in the park. See kcirishfest.com for more information.
In addition to a symposium featuring keynote lectures by Professors Declan Kiberd and Vicki Mahaffey, there will be performances of “Spreading the News” and “Cathleen Ni Houlihan”. The symposium will also showcase archival artifacts from the P.S. O’Hegarty collection at the University of Kansas, illustrating Yeats’s connections with Dublin, London, Sligo, and Galway.
More info available from The University of Pennsylvania Department of English
Symposium participants will also have the opportunity to attend the Kansas City Irish Fest on 4-6 September.