Professor receives grant for seminar in Ireland

Schoolteachers from across the United States will spend four weeks in Galway, Ireland, studying the works of poet William Butler Yeats with SUNY Oswego Professor Edward O’Shea next summer.

O’Shea, a professor of English, has received a $94,345 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to offer the summer seminar at the National University of Ireland at Galway. It is his fifth grant from the NEH since 1992.

The Oswego professor’s seminar is one of just 14 NEH Summer Seminars for School Teachers funded for 2005. O’Shea’s proposal was selected along with projects by professors from such institutions as Yale University, Amherst College and SUNY Binghamton and Geneseo.

O’Shea’s first three summer seminars took place on the Oswego campus. He took the program to Ireland for the first time in 2003.

“Galway is an ideal place for a Yeats seminar since it is a delightful city in itself, but it is also close to important Yeats sites at Thoor Ballylee, Coole Park, and somewhat further, Sligo,” O’Shea wrote on his Web site on the seminar—

The 2005 seminar, “W. B. Yeats and the Two Irelands,” will focus on “Yeats’ often problematic relationship with both Celtic Ireland and Anglo-Ireland,” O’Shea said.

The seminar will begin July 4 in Galway. It is open to full-time American schoolteachers. Participants are competitively chosen and receive a $3,000 stipend, which covers most expenses.

NEH seminars provide opportunities for teachers to be “re-energized intellectually,” O’Shea said.

He has been teaching and writing about Yeats for over 20 years. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Yeats, at Northwestern University, and Dolmer Press in Dublin published it under the title “Yeats as Editor.” He also compiled “A Descriptive Catalog of W. B. Yeats’s Library,” which has become a standard reference work in Yeats studies.

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(Posted: Oct 06, 2004)