Montreal’s edition incorporates film and music, as well as literature. The festival was initially organized by McGill University but, McElroy says, it made sense to enlist Concordia as a sponsor. “We have the only Canadian Irish studies school in Canada.”
This year, 17 public activities are scheduled for Bloomsday.
On June 13, Concordia is hosting a series of panel discussions on topics related to Joyce and Irish literature in the Father McEntee Reading Room, H-1001.01 (10th Floor), of the Henry F. Hall (H) Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Emer O’Toole, a professor at the School of Canadian Irish Studies, will deliver a lecture entitled “What is culture for? Thoughts around Bloomsday, Ireland, and the diaspora.” The afternoon programming also features speakers from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Montréal.
On June 15, Andre Furlani, an associate professor in the Department of English, and Larissa Andrusyshyn (BA 04, MA 09) will be hosting a quiz at the Irish Embassy Pub and Grill (1234 Bishop St.) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
McElroy is looking forward to the festivities. To close the event on June 16, Joyce’s great-grandnephew — a Montrealer named Christopher Joyce — will discuss his family’s legacy at Paragraphe Bookstore (2220 McGill College Ave.) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“This year is really special,” McElroy says.
The School of Canadian Irish Studies academic panels take place on June 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in theFather McEntee Reading Room, H-1001.01 (10th Floor), of the Henry F. Hall (H) Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.) on the Sir George Williams Campus.