Honors Symposia – Chris Morash

Professor Chris Morash
Professor Chris Morash

Professor Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin, presented to Honors Program students on November 10th in Fletcher Lounge.  Professor Morash used Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s writings to discuss changes in Irish identity over the last several decades.  In particular, Professor Morash was interested in how Irish identity is losing its sense of place with the transition of the economy from agriculture to service and technology and the movement of people from rural areas to bigger cities.  Likewise, growing diversity in Ireland and globalization are leading to a declining sense of Irishness.  Professor Morash described this as a type of existential homelessness and explored some of the ways that Seamus Heaney had suggested we can cope with this transition of identity.

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