CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 21st-annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region will meet at Oregon State University's Center for the Humanities Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16. The theme of this year's conference is "Women of Some Importance."

The keynote speaker is Northern Irish dramatist Nicola McCarthney. A native of Belfast, she has worked in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as Belfast, London and Dublin. Scott Palmer, founding artistic director of the Glasgow Repertory Co. and now an OSU faculty member, will introduce McCarthney.

Attendees from France and Northern Ireland and scholars from American colleges and universities including Boston College, Notre Dame, Baylor, Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State and Stanford will present papers. Four of the papers will discuss the work of James Joyce.

Other conference highlights are:

  • Dawn Duncan of Concordia University in South Dakota will perform her monologue "Clara Dillon Darrow, Irish-American Pioneer." Darrow was a suffragist and founder of Votes for Women in the Dakota Territories, and cousin of Clarence Darrow and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  • OSU's University Theatre will revive Elizabeth Kuti's "Treehouses." Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14-15 at the Withycombe Hall lab theatre; tickets will be available at the door.
  • Tina Bull and singers of the OSU Department of Music will perform at 5:30 p.m on Oct. 14 at the Center for the Humanities.
  • There will be a screening of two short films from Ireland and Northern Ireland at 8:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Center for the Humanities. Helen Lojek of Boise State University will introduce the films. Emer Deane, newly installed Consul General of Ireland, San Francisco, will read in Irish part of a poem on which one of the films is based. Charlotte Headrick, assistant department chair of Speech Communication, will read the poem in English after Deane's recitation.

    A complete program including registration form is available at

    The conference is sponsored by the Consul General of Ireland/San Francisco, OSU's Center for the Humanities, national American Conference for Irish Studies, and several OSU departments.

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    Charlotte Headrick, 541-737-3536