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The Strange World of Irish Mythology

Event Type: Presentation / Discussion
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 3/25/2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
Description:
 In the west of Ireland, Queen Madb of Connacht once started a island-wide war just to settle a dispute with her husband over a single cow.
Finn MacCool, the one of the great heroes of Irish mythology, gained bursts of cosmic wisdom by sucking his thumb.
The warriors of Ulster were regularly incapacitated by phantom birth pains, the legacy of an ancient curse from a pregnant witch.
These are just a few examples of the strange world of Irish mythology, where warriors, witches, and faeries perform familiar deeds with decidedly unfamiliar twists. In this lecture, well dive into these tales from ancient Ireland, meet some of the colorful characters who live in them, and see what these myths can tell us about the ancient Irish world and its legacy today.

Dr. George Cusack is the Director of the Expository Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma and one of the coordinators for OUs new minor program in Irish Studies. He has a PhD in Irish literature from the University of Oregon and regularly teaches courses on Irish subjects both in Norman and in Cork, Ireland through the College of Arts and Sciences study abroad program.
Library: Moore    Driving Directions
Location: Room B
Contact: Information Services Staff
Contact Number: 405-793-4349
Presenter: Dr. George Cusack
Status: Closed


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