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ACIS West 2019 Conference
Where: Portland, OR, USA - the Embassy Suites Portland Downtown
When: October 10-12, 2019
"The Rose: Beauty, Blossoming, and Transition in Irish Studies"
Located on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in the shadow of beautiful Mt. Hood in the Pacific Northwest, Portland is known for its hip and eco-friendly culture. This growing city has tons of parks, miles of walking trails and bike paths, and a noteworthy food and drink scene.
Portland is also widely known as “The City of Roses.” In recognition of that, the conference committee has selected themes evocative of roses: beauty, blossoming, and transition. Irish history is replete with references to roses. Ireland had an important role in the Wars of the Roses in the 15th Century. The 16th Century saw the development of a political myth of the Róisín Dubh (the little black rose) with the writing of a song with that title. “Wild Irish Rose” is another popular Irish song, as well as the title of a movie. William Butler Yeats published The Rose, his second collection that contained his renowned poem “To the Rose upon the Rood of Time,” in 1893. Yeats’s poem “The Rose Tree” would follow later. The Rose of Tralee International Festival celebrates its 60th year in 2019, and of course there is a song with that title.
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