On June 16, 1904, Leopold Bloom, the main character of James Joyce’s Ulysses, went on his epic journey through the streets of Ireland. Known as one of the greatest works of modern as well as Western literature, Joyce’s Ulysses is remarkable in the fact that its events take place within the span of 24 hours. Thus, every year on June 16, seasoned Joyceans and blooming Bloomites alike gather together across the globe to celebrate Bloom’s trek around Dublin.
Although Notre Dame boasts of being the home of not only the Fighting Irish but cutting-edge Irish scholarship, we have yet to host a Bloomsday event in honor of one of the most famous Irish texts of all time.
Joyce imagined his work’s audience to be the everyman and everywoman. Because of this, the CSLC encourages everyone to attend, from individuals who have read the book ten times to those who are interested in just knowing a little bit more about this Joyce fellow. Come, bring your family, and have fun celebrating one of the greatest works of Western literature.
Dr. Sharmistha Saha gave a talk on October 24, 2017 titled, “Creative Encounters, Artistic Practices and Its Public: Lessons from Colonial India” as part of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (Bengali) program at CSLC. Dr Saha teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT Bombay, one of the premier educational institutes of India. Her presentation discussed how “creative encounters” could create possible political consciousness or interventions in theater and performances. She took examples from Jatra, which is a popular performance form of West Bengal in India (also performed in Bangladesh). She used archival records and texts from colonial Bengal and opened up the discussion to look at performance and spectatorship within our common parlance of performance. The talk was well attended by the students from different departments, and also by the Indian diaspora. The talk was supported by the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies, the GeNDer Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (Performance Analysis Class) and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.…
Each nation and culture has a unique set of norms, expectations, and natural rhythms when it comes to socializing and making connections with other people. The United States is no different. In this workshop participants recognized and addressed some of the particularities of interpersonal relations and patterns of socialization that international students often find most challenging about U.S. American culture. Participants came away with a better understanding of how to relate to their U.S. American colleagues and Americans in general. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.