James Joyce's Birthday Celebration by OLLI with the Ambassador of Ireland, H.E. Daniel Mulhall
Join us for a James Joyce Birthday Celebration, organized by Club member Bob Kolodney '63 for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University ("OLLI")
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 2:00 - 5:30pm ET
Location: Virtual via Zoom
This Birthday Celebration also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses. The program includes introductory remarks from Daniel Mulhall, the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States and the reading of passages from all 18 Episodes (Chapters) of Ulysses.
2:00 PM - Introductory Remarks by H.E. Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
2:15 PM - Reading of Passages from the 18 Episodes (chapters) of Ulysses
5:30 PM - Cast Party - On the day following the event (Thursday February 3 from 2 to 4 PM ET) there will be a cast party to which all are welcome. It will feature readings of passages from some writers who influenced James Joyce (Ben Johnson, Henrik Ibsen, Gustave Flaubert) and readings of passages from some writers influenced by him (William Faulkner, Antony Burgess, Thomas Pynchon) followed by discussion, music Panel Discussion (these readings will take about 40 minutes and will be followed by discussion, music, and contests with prizes and surprises (Joyce/Ireland trivia, joke-telling singing). For the cast party there will be a new Zoom link that will be made available after the conclusion of the event on February 2nd.
Jonson, Ibsen and Flaubert are the three writers as to whom Joyce read all their works. Faulkner, Burgess, and Pynchon are three of the many writers influenced by Joyce. 100 years ago James Joyce received as a 40th birthday present the publication of Ulysses from Sylvia Beach, owner of the Shakespeare & Co bookstore in Paris - who had never before published a book, but had volunteered for the job when none of the established companies would take it on, due to the censorship of the Ulysses in English-speaking countries. Ulysses is the landmark modernist novel which many commentators have described as the written equivalent of modernist and post-modernist art movements such as: post-impressionism, fauvism, cubism, dadaism, constructivism, supremacism, surrealism. Introduction to Ulysses: The program will include a brief introduction to Ulysses by Daniel Mulhall, the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, whose book, Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey, is being published in January 2022.
More program details and the script will be added to this webpage. In the meantime people new to Ulysses might be interested in the webpages for last year's celebration at JJ BDay Celebration 2021 and a short introduction to Ulysses course at PDQ Joyce.