This annual day of all things Yeats, organized by the Yeats Society of NY in partnership with Glucksman Ireland House NYU, is just a taste of a two-week program in Sligo that includes a tour of "Yeats Country."
9:30 AM Registration and refreshments - Irish tea and coffee, baked goods all day.
10:00 Opening remarks Doris Marie Meyer, board member.
10:15 Video: Marc C. Conner (Washington & Lee) gives a short presentation from The Great Courses series “The Irish Identity: Independence, History and Literature.” This segment, “Yeats as the Great 20th Century Poet,” covers the period 1910-1920 and the influences of such people as Lady Gregory and Ezra Pound.
10:45 Refreshment break. We’ll have books and other items for sale.
11:00 “In Search of Saint Attracta: Adventures in Textual Scholarship” WBY visited Douglas Hyde in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon, near sites associated with St. Attracta. Alison Armstrong (SVA) argues that this is how he chose the name Attracta for the priestess in his late play The Herne's Egg.
11:45 “Some Consequences of Condescension” The conflict in 1906 that led a group of actors and writers to break away from the Irish National Theater Society to form the Theatre of Ireland had long-term consequences for the Irish Revival. John Waters (NYU) argues Yeats's strategy in that conflict was successful: forcing out the members most threatening to his vision. But victory came at a steep cost.
12:30 PM Luncheon on your own, with many Greenwich Village restaurants to choose from (we’ll have a list). For those who chose to stay or return with food, two more video presentations by Professor Conner: “The Abbey Theatre” and “Lady Gregory as the People’s Playwright.”
2:00 “Two Noble New Yorkers: John Butler Yeats and John Quinn” Andrew McGowan illustrates the New York these men experienced and influenced 1907-1924.
2:45 “The Irish Airman's Fate: 100 Years Later.” Philip Kokotailo (Roxbury Latin School, Boston) relates the grave of Major Robert Gregory in Padua to WBY's Thoor Ballylee and Lady Gregory's Coole Park.
3:30 “‘A Certain Great Work’ - Yeats, Maud Gonne and the Swan-Children of Lir” Anita Feldman (NYU) discusses the role of this Irish tale as the source of a metaphor that inspired WBY's connection to his Irish audiences. The poet imagined Gonne to be his inspiration and his collaborator in “the great work” suggested to him by the “Lir” tale, while she viewed herself primarily as “the soul and voice of the crowd.”
4:15-5:00 Social and a Summer School reunion. Wine, refreshments and a tasting of Coole Swan, premium Irish cream liqueur, the finest single malt Irish whiskey from one of Ireland’s oldest distilleries blended with white Belgian chocolate and fresh, natural dairy cream. Coole Swan was inspired by Yeats’s famous poem, “The Wild Swans at Coole,” about the search for lasting beauty in a changing world.
Entire program, including refreshments and the afternoon social is $39; morning only $20; afternoon with social $25. Send a check to WB Yeats Society of NY, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC 10003 with your name, address, phone number, email. Put the date on your calendar; your name will be on a registration list at the door. Fees are $5 more at door.
Presented by the WB Yeats Society of New York in partnership with Glucksman Ireland House NYU. For queries about the event, please contact the Yeats Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.yeatssociety.org.
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