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Irish Studies Program at IU Welcomes John Lavin

The Irish Studies Program at Immaculata University will present a lecture that looks at Eva Gore-Booth´s association with the historical and political movements in early twentieth century Ireland and England. John Lavin, EdD, will examine Ms. Gore-Booth´s The Buried Life of Deirdre on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Loyola Hall, on the University´s campus.
Eva Gore-Booth was a member of a prominent Ascendancy family of political activists. This presentation traces her writing in European politics from the perspective of her identity as a woman who advocated peace during times of war, dignity in employment for women during an era of slavery, and compassion in the reading of Irish legends.
The primal scene of Eva Gore-Booth´s life as a human rights advocate may be discerned in her The Buried Life of Deirdre (1908) which was performed at Dublin´s Abbey Theatre at the height of the Irish Literary Revival. How the "buried life" describes the frustrations and limitations imposed upon Irish women provides both a poignant telling of the Deirdre legend and an insight on Gore-Booth´s advocacy on behalf of women confined by poverty and subservience.
John Lavin, EdD, has extensive experience in both education and labor relations. He has lectured in English at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and served as executive director of the Comey Institute of Industrial Relations. In the spring semester, he will offer a course in Irish film at Immaculata University.
John Lavin´s lecture on Eva Gore-Booth and The Buried Life of Deirdre is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the Irish Studies Program.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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