The Joseph Hassett Yeats Lecture: "Let them keep their border": W.B. Yeats's Islands.

To mark the birth of William Butler Yeats on 13 June 1865, we welcome Professor Geraldine Higgins to the library to deliver this year’s Joseph Hassett Yeats lecture.

Wednesday 12 June, 7pm

In this lecture, Professor Geraldine Higgins director of Emory’s Irish Studies Program and the Massee-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Chair in English (Atlanta) will talk about Yeats’s islands from the Lake Isle of Innisfree to Lough Key and from Ireland to England and back again.  She will also consider Yeats’s attitude to the border and the current cultural and political re-mapping of ‘our island home.’
Booking required:

 Professor Geraldine Higgins is the  curator of the exhibition "Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens" at the Woodruff Library, Atlanta in 2014 and the NLI's exhibition 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again'.

Joseph Hassett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a PhD in Anglo Irish Literature from University College, Dublin. He practices law in Washington, and is the author of W.B. Yeats and theMuses, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press and The UlyssesTrials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law, published 2016 by The Lilliput Press.
We acknowledge Joseph Hassett's support for this event as part of the library's programme.

To book for this event, please email

The exhibition Yeats: the life and work of William Butler Yeats is ongoing. Join us for a public tour on the first Thursday of each month.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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