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Identity, Sustainability, and the Politics of Water

Nick Groom on an immodest 18th Century proposal to drain the Irish Channel.

Memory Studies and Famine Studies: Gender, Genealogy, History

Professor Margaret Kelleher examines a number of trends in recent historiographical work on the Great Famine including their striking appropriation of narrative and fictive tropes.

On Development, Waste and Ghosts

In this lecture, Oona Frawley looks at how movements in ecocriticism that call for links to be made with postcolonialism challenge us.

The Lyric Flow of Street

In this lecture, poet Micheal O'Siadhail, looks at how the poems in If Ever You Go express the varying emotions generated by the experience of Dublin.

Women Poets in the City

Dr Lucy Collins explores some poems by women published in the last one hundred years, from lesser-known figures such as Winifred Letts to contemporaries Eavan Boland and Paula Meehan.

Exploring the Sea in the Work of Eavan Boland and W.B. Yeats

Jody Allen Randolph explores the 'landless inheritance' of two of our greatest poets, and how the sea shaped their imaginative lives.

Commemorating Abuse: Gender Politics and Making Space

Emilie Pine looks at three cultural projects that explore institutional abuse in Ireland.

James Joyce, Treeless Hills and the Night of the Big Wind

Katherine O'Callaghan looks at the influence of forests on Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in them

Poet Paula Meehan delivered this lecture as Ireland's Professor of Poetry in 2014.

Work and Idleness

UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life
Professor Brian O'Connor on how, in the Enlightenment, philosophers thought idleness would prevent us from realising our talents and skills.

Ethics in the Age of Climate Change

UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life
Professor Maeve Cooke on how humans fundamentally need to rethink their ethics and their politics.