Archive for March, 2011

Pue’s recommendations for March

7 March 2011

Juliana Adelman Having not been at the theatre in an embarrassingly long time, I took my parents to see the excellent Druid production of The Cripple of Innishmaan while they were visiting.  Unfortunately it’s now gone from Ireland until June, when it will be playing the Galway Town Hall Theatre and then a special performance on Inis Meain. I wish I had a babysitter this week because I really want to see Jekyll and Hyde the musical at the Grand Canal Theatre.  The theatre itself is amazing and who can resist seeing someone sing Robert Louis Stevenson?  In the realm of fiction and history, you could hardly do better than to mark the JFK anniversary by reading Don DeLillo’s Libra, a fictional account of the assassination and aftermath.  Finally, a colleague recently introduced me to website Gapminder and I am in love.  The site has amalgamated thousands of statistics, many starting in the 19th C and presents them in an amazingly creative way.  My favourite is the age at marriage chart, be sure to click ‘play’.

Lisa Marie Griffith I came across the Anti-Room blog recently and have added it to my list of most read blogs. It’s a miscellany of posts on various topics from films to fruit but the editors and contributors are all women so gender issues really bind the posts most closely. I came across a really intriguing post by Aoife Barry on a photographer called Vivian Maier. Her amazing photographs documenting Chicago’s streets, c. 1950- c.1990s, were discovered by accident when purchased as film roles at an auction. John Maloof, the purcahser, has developed the roles, posted them and is attempting to uncover who she was. You can catch the full story and her wonderful pictures at Vivian Maierher discovered work. Speaking of 1950s America… If I haven’t been to see Howl, the film that plots the narrative of Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl, by the time this post has been published I will be seeing it soon- 4 stars in the Ticket and it is screening exclusively at the IFI .

Christina Morin This month I’ll be heading down to Cork for Paddy’s Day weekend, unfortunately just missing the 22nd Cork French Film Festival, which runs from 6th-13th March. While living in Cork, I really enjoyed this festival and its fantastic mix of Francophone documentaries, shorts, feature-length films, and film-related events. You don’t need to speak French to enjoy the festival, so definitely have a look in if you find yourself in Cork this week. Another great event this month is the Linen Hall Library’s C.S. Lewis exhibition, which runs from 2-25 March 2011. To coincide with the exhibition, there are several free lectures planned, exploring, among other things, the influence of Lewis’ Belfast birthplace in his writings, and the genesis of his famous Chronicles of Narnia (1950-6). Both exhibitions and lectures are free and a great way to spend an hour learning about one of Belfast’s own!

Kevin O’Sullivan It’s been an extremely busy month (when isn’t it, says you), so I’ve been mainly confined to some brilliant reading on my iPod, stored using the invaluable Instapaper app (I can’t recommend this highly enough for all your offline reading needs). First up is Ariel Bleicher’s fascinating insight into the efforts of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris to ‘archive’ the internet, from Spectrum magazine. Sample frightening quote: ‘I’m convinced the Web as we know it will be gone in a few years’ time. What we’re doing in this library is trying to capture a trace of it.’ Blogs, of course, will form a big part of reading the past, so in that vein, and for the Irish cultural historians among you, my fab find for this month’s is The Fanning Sessions Archive – an attempt to gather together sound recordings from more than two decades of Dave Fanning show broadcasts on 2FM. On a more pressing note, after the publication of the new coalition’s programme for government, it’s worth having a look at Finnish advisor Pasi Sahlberg’s op-ed in last week’s Irish Times – a ‘how to’ in emerging from recession with a much improved education system. Finally, if you want to keep up-to-date with developments in that sector in Ireland and beyond, you could do much worse than the excellent aggregator Ninth Level Ireland – a goldmine of links and articles on education on the web.

The JFK Presidency: a 50-year retrospective

4 March 2011

Contributed by Felix M. Larkin

To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Kennedy presidency, the JFK Presidential Library in Boston recently hosted a conference bringing together a number of historians, journalists and former officials of the administration to discuss the man and his place in history. The stellar list of participants included Harris Wofford (JFK’s special assistant for civil rights), Richard Reeves (historian and JFK biographer), Ted Widner (a former Clinton speechwriter) and journalists Matt Bai and Gwen Ifill. I attended the conference while on a short holiday in the US.

The Library is a centre of study and research, but also a shrine to JFK’s memory. You would not expect a conference there to be critical of him, and nor was this one. It seemed to me, however, that the participants made a strong case for Kennedy – certainly a remarkable president, one who might have been among the very greatest but for the brevity of his time in office. Read more

Reminder for Honest to Blog

2 March 2011

Just a short reminder that our blogging symposium Honest to Blog takes place this Friday, 4th of March, at Trinity College Dublin and there is still time to register. The registration fee is 10 euro, lunch is provided on the day and our speakers include: Myles Dungan from Myle’s Dungan’s history site, Conor Brady from the Rosnaree Archeological Project Blog, Orla Murphy from Orla Murphy’s Blog, Niamh Cullen from The Little Review, Ciaran Swan speaking on behalf of the Irish Left Archive , Jonathan Wright from Trinity College Dublin, and our own Juliana Adelman from Pue’s Occurrences. There will be a Q&A after each panel and a roundtable discussion in the afternoon that discusses web legitimacy and publishing on the internet. You can register online and find the programme here.

The Big Academic Job Hunt

1 March 2011

By Lisa Marie Griffith

The academic job season is about to begin- broadly speaking March to August this is the period when most academic institutions begin to advertise the much coveted vacancies they hold for the following academic term. This stressful period is bound to send you running to a computer to look up a job that you heard about through a second-hand comment only to realise that you have 24 hours to complete the job application or that you have in fact missed the deadline. Job hunting is a stressful task and it doesn’t need to be said that in the current climate it is doubly so.

Unfortunately it’s often difficult to take the first step for job hunting. You want to make sure you are looking for jobs in the right place and that you have as much information about job vacancies as possible. When I was writing up my thesis a friend provided me with a couple of job email alerts that were very useful.  Over the last couple of years my list of academic/cultural and heritage job sites has grown. I have put together a list of the sites that I have used in thepast most of them include an email update with new jobs and information, which should make the job hunting task a little easier. Most of the sites below are interdisciplinary but will have specific search categories and listings for humanities or history. Read more