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The Flagship Irish Studies Unit of the University System of Georgia

♦ To teach and research diverse Irish identities—native, Ulster-Scots, and diasporic—with a dedicated emphasis on the Irish in Georgia and the US South.
♦ To provide world-class instruction via relevant course offerings, from introductory to postgraduate, both on campus and in Ireland, nurturing in particular the Interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies.
♦ To serve communities in Statesboro, Savannah, and all of Georgia by curating Ireland and Irish America, past and present, primarily through a combination of scholarly research and public programming.
♦ To provide Georgia Southern University, University System of Georgia, and other Georgia undergraduate and graduate students with value-added experiential-learning and research opportunities in Ireland.
♦ To actively engage in fund- and friend-raising to ensure the Center’s long-term fiscal sustainability, prioritizing scholarships for students; research awards for both students and faculty members; and new professorial lines in Irish Studies.


Check out—and then sign up for—the Center’s Summer Semester in Ireland
5 full weeks: 19 June – 24 July 2014
7 academic credits • 10 course choices • program-specific and other scholarships available
extensive in-country travel • many added extras • ideal for enhancing your résumé

Student-Centered, Relevant, Productive 

Ba mhaith linn céad fáilte a chur romhaibh! • Welcome to Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University: a 20,000-student, doctoral-research institution within the University System of Georgia. Located on a 900-acre, park-like campus in the Georgia Renaissance Award-winning city of Statesboro, an hour west of historic Savannah, Georgia Southern is a top Georgia university of choice for HOPE (high-ability) students and—according to US News and World Report—among America’s ten most popular universities. The friendly, competent team at our Center for Irish Research and Teaching sustains and grows exciting courses from which students can build the 15-credit-hour Interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies. The Center also proudly takes responsibility for the five-week, seven-credit Summer Semester in Ireland (and other study-in-Ireland opportunities), well as the multi-project Irish Research Platform and an international-grade campus-and-community Events Calendar.

Faculty members associated with the Center for Irish Research and Teaching conduct important research anent the South’s Irish heritage, incorporating their discoveries and insights into their teaching. Consider one example here, and read about others in the “Research” section of this website. Dr. Sue Moore leads an archaeological dig at Old Town, the mid-eighteenth-century deerskin-trading post near present-day Louisville, Georgia, that was operated by George Galphin, a colorful entrepreneur from Armagh city, Ireland. Moore’s project also extends to the Galphin-directed Scots-Irish settlement of Queensborough, active in the 1760s and ’70s. That pioneering frontier venture, which garnered Benjamin Franklin’s attention, underscores how the Irish connection to Georgia was significant even in the colonial period. In part, Queensborough was made possible because of improved relations between the white settlers, headquartered in Savannah, and the native Creeks. The accord—a “quiet revolution in Indian relations,” according to the historian Edward J. Cashin—was largely due another Irishman, Henry Ellis from Monaghan town, whose effective governorship of the Georgia colony (1757-1760) resulted in his receipt of the moniker “Georgia’s Second Founder.”  A member of the Royal Society, Ellis presented to that body a paper entitled “Heat of the Weather in Georgia”!


Ireland Boasts the West’s Most Global Economy

Due to how effectively it internationalizes students, one of our graduates called the Irish Studies Minor “the Minor that’s Major”—a description we appreciate. Recipients of the minor have progressed to advanced-degree programs at Irish universities, such as Trinity College Dublin, a world top-50 institution. Others have thrived within businesses and other entities that privilege global awareness and savvy, from Coca-Cola to the U.S. State Department.


For ambitious and “can do” students eager for worthwhile and ethical engagement with today’s interconnected societies, study of Ireland is clearly a smart investment. According to Ernst & Young (2013), Ireland’s economy is the Most Global in the Western World. Ireland also ranks first among nations as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment. (Compare: Switzerland 4th; China 12th; Germany 18th.) As regards Labor Productivity, the 2012 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook places Ireland third and the US fourth internationally; and Ireland claims the preeminent spot in the category “Ready Availability of Skilled Labor.” Other key statistics are also impressive. With 55.4% of its population under 35, Ireland graduates more scientists and engineers per capita than anywhere else, and it’s sixth for overall Higher-Education Achievement. Thriving sectors within Ireland’s high-skill, knowledge economy are Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Life Sciences, Financial Services, Engineering, Digital Media, and Games and Social Media.

A record 700 US companies are currently invested in Ireland, a country less than half the size of our State of Georgia. That vote of confidence amounts to $188 billion, more than US business investment in China, India, France, Germany, Russia, or all of South America. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Ebay, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson are just a few of the American multinationals headquartered in Ireland for the economic super-region EMEA: Europe, Middle East, Africa. Ireland predicates this continuing success on four Ts: its multi-decade Track Record; its highly educated Talent; its 12.5% corporate Tax Rate; and its leading-edge Technology, including biomedical technology. Indeed, nine of the ten foremost global pharma firms are based in Ireland.


Five-Week and Two-Week Study Options, Plus Research Fellowships

Summer Study in Ireland • For three consecutive years (2010-2012), the Center’s Summer Semester in Ireland program achieved the #1 ranking for student satisfaction among an array of Georgia study-in-Europe offerings. While the program provides around 200 miles of in-country travel per week, its base is the Waterford Institute of Technology, a doctoral-level university on a state-of-the-art campus in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, next to spectacularly beautiful mountain and coastal scenery. Next up is the 2014 (or sixth annual) iteration of the program, which features ten full-credit courses, from which the student chooses two. In addition, the student takes the hugely popular, one-credit-hour Irish Culture course, which brings the total number of earned credits to seven.

Summer Study in Ireland Courses 2014
♦ Art Appreciation (lower division)
♦ Watercolor Painting of Irish Landscapes and Citysapes (upper division)
♦ Introduction to Philosophy: Irish Emphases (LD)
♦ The Irish Philosophical Tradition (UD)
♦ Introduction to Psychology: Irish Emphases (LD)
♦ The Psychology of Irish Mediumship and Ghosts (UD)
♦ Introduction to Film: Irish Emphases (LD)
♦ Irish Drama in Performance (UD)
♦ World Literature since 1650: Irish Emphases (LD)
♦ Irish Gothic Literature (UD)

The adventure begins on Thursday 19 June 2014 (that is, the beginning of Summer Term B) and runs for five weeks. High-quality “value added” opportunities distinguish Georgia Southern’s Ireland-based teaching. For example: In 2013, marketing students benefited from a masterclass with the Director of International Marketing for the luxury Waterford Crystal brand; and two years earlier, drama students met Ireland’s most famous living playwright, Brian Friel, for a post-performance chat at Dublin’s legendary Abbey Theater. Click HERE to learn more about this opportunity.


Honors Inquiry in Ireland: Two-Week Research Opportunity for High-Performing Students • In addition to its signature five-week Summer Semester in Ireland (detailed above), the Center for Irish Research and Teaching is partnering with Georgia Southern University’s Honors Program to debut, in 2014, a 15-day research program at the Waterford Institute of Technology. This participative-learning experience is the concluding component of two Summer Term A undergraduate courses—one in Humanities Research Methodologies and the other in Social Science Research Methodologies—that begin on campus in Statesboro. Honors and other high-performing students are invited to apply. Summer Term A begins on 19 May 2014, and the group departs Savannah for Ireland on 4 June 2014 (returning Stateside on 19 June 2014). Click HERE to learn more about this opportunity.


Faculty and Graduate Irish Summer Research Fellowships • Building on its relationship with the Waterford Institute of Technology, the Center has, since 2012, facilitated an annual five-week research opportunity for a Georgia Southern faculty member and one or more graduate students. In 2013, Dr. Dustin Anderson of the Department of Literature and Philosophy and MA-in-English candidate Landon Way inquired into Irish-American authors associated with southeastern Ireland, not least noir detective novelist Raymond Chandler, much of whose childhood was spent with his mother’s Quaker family in Waterford city. Also in the party was literature graduate Tiffany Manning, who investigated the literary representation of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries vis-à-vis the reality of that often tragic phenomenon. For her part, history student Amanda Kinchen worked with archives in both Ireland and England to enhance our understanding of service by members of Britain’s Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment—the Sherwood Foresters—during the Easter 1916 Rising in Dublin.


Collaborating across the Disciplines

Research Highlights • One of our principal research endeavors, the Irish Enlightenment Project, creates not just peer-reviewed publications, but also web-based maps of trans-European and trans-Atlantic intellectual and knowledge networks that emanated out of Ireland during the Long Eighteenth Century. One student working on the high-tech maps with guidance from history and philosophy professors described the activity as his most absorbing and hands-on academic experience at Georgia Southern. In connection with this research, over the the weekend of 25-27 July 2014, the Center and a couple of Irish institutions will co-host a knowledge-making symposium, Educating the Irish Genius, designed to bring together elite scholars from America and Europe to interrogate how their Irish education and upbringing shaped the thought and careers of such major Enlightenment philosophes as Robert Boyle, Jonathan Swift, and George Berkeley. The venue, Kilkenny College, was established in 1538 (based on a 1234 institution), and its alumni include Swift and Berkeley.


Two other scholarly partnerships to which the Center is actively committed are the Southern Regional Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies (Fort Lauderdale, Florida: 14 and 15 February 2014) and the Southern iteration of the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium (Athens, Georgia: 25-28 June 2014). The former takes as its theme Ireland and the Supernatural, while the latter’s focus is Contacts, Contests, Contributions: Ulster-Americans in War and Society.




Irish Studies at Georgia Southern • PO Box 8023 • Statesboro • Georgia 30460 • USA • (912) 478-1272 •