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William Chace: Fourth Annual Thomas Flanagan Memorial Lecture

November 30, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

William M. Chase


William Chace (Professor of English, Emeritus, Stanford University) will deliver the fourth annual Thomas Flanagan Memorial Lecture on the subject of “William Butler Yeats and Americans.” William Chace has taught and written widely on James Joyce, Irish Fiction, and Poetry. He taught in the Department of English at Stanford for twenty years before leaving to become president of Wesleyan University (1988–1994) and then of Emory University (1994–2003). He has written One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University President, and What I Learned Along the Way. The author of many articles on multiculturalism, political correctness, consumerism and education, he has written two other books—The Political Identities of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot and Lionel Trilling: Criticism and Politics.

The Thomas Flanagan Lectures honor the memory of one of Irish America’s greatest novelists and scholars. Thomas Flanagan (1923-2002) was a Gold Medalist and devoted Executive Council Member of the Society. His trilogy of historical novels — The Year of the French, The Tenants of Time, and The End of the Hunt — are an extraordinary re-imagining of Irish history from the 1798 Rebellion to the Easter Rising and Irish Civil War. Flanagan’s first scholarly work, The Irish Novelists: 1800-1850, is widely considered to have given rise to Irish Studies in America. A posthumous collection, There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History, was published to acclaim by New York Review Books. The Thomas Flanagan Lectures were inaugurated by Seamus Heaney  in 2010 with his talk, “Flanagan’s Fosterling.” Subsequent Flanagan Lectures have been delivered by Brian O’Doherty and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.  

The Thomas Flanagan Lecture is open to all Members of the Society. By special invitation it is also open to the members of Fordham Institute of Irish Studies, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, and the W.B. Yeats Society of New York.

Reception 06:00PM

Lecture  07:00PM


November 30, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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