UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is delighted to offer you the opportunity to attend a number of taster lectures from our Lifelong Learning programme for 2017-18. Our Lifelong Learning Taster Week (21st-25th August) will give students the opportunity to sample our programme for the coming year or just try something new!

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Title: Sum Enchanted Evenings

By Professor Peter Lynch

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Do you have an interest in learning about maths? Would you like to know a little more about this fascinating subject? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Sum Enchanted Evenings. This presentation will give a light over-view of a course of popular mathematical lectures on the beauty, utility and pure fun of mathematics.

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Title: Memoir as Both Literature and Fiction (1997)

By Dr Fionnuala Dillane &  Dr Paul Rouse

Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Every memoir is a work of the imagination where personal observations, lived experiences and recollected memories are pulled together and made into a story. This session asks questions about the relationship between how we remember and how we articulate or represent memory and memory making, using Timothy O’Grady’s and Stephen Pyke’s I Could Read The Sky (1997). At its most basic, it tells the story of one man’s journey from the West of Ireland to the towns and cities of England, a history of Ireland’s complex migration patterns and an individual account of love and loss and regret. The book is told as an act of memory: the narrator finds himself alone at the end of the twentieth century, looking back across decades of a life lived between two islands.  The full force of the collision of dislocation and belonging that afflicts the emigrant is everywhere apparent in the written and visual text. Music becomes a focal point for this collision throughout the text as a binding tie to home and fundamental expression of emigrant traditions abroad. This experience of Irish emigration is both fictional and a creative expression of historical reality. It is the memory of one man and the history of a people.

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Title: Tour – National Folklore Collection

Time: 3:00pm – 3:50pm

 

Do you have an interest in Irish  folklore? Would you like an opportunity to see photographs, printed material and videos dealing with Irish life? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” the National Folklore Collection in UCD.

Visitors are invited to explore the large selection of books, manuscripts, audio recordings, videos and photographs, drawings and paintings dealing with Irish life, folk history and culture.

The specialist library contains books, periodicals and off-prints on Irish and comparative folklore, ethnology and related fields.

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Title: Digging It….. An Introduction to the Study of Archaeology

Time: 3:00pm

 

 

 

How and why do Archaeologists investigate societies from their material remains, from the distant past to the modern world?   Archaeology is an exciting discipline that enables us to trace the astonishing diversity of human culture, across the world and through time.  UCD’s School of Archaeology is a friendly, exciting and dynamic place to study and this talk will give you a flavour of the richness in store for those who choose to study in this area.  Unlock your inner Indiana Jones!

 

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Title: Kate O'Brien and Contemporary Irish Women's Literature

Name:  Dr Jana van der Ziel Fischerova

 

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

 

Do you have an interest in Irish female writers? Would you like to know a little more about Kate O’ Brien and her place in Irish literature? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Kate O’Brien and Contemporary Irish Women’s Literature. In the 1930s-1940s, Kate O’Brien enjoyed both high critical acclaim and immense popularity with the general reader. Her formidable artistic vision enabled her to carve a space for herself among the male writers of the day. When two of her novels were banned and her reputation marred, she lost her connection with the native reader; and in the years that followed there was little critical engagement with her work in Ireland. This lecture, considers O’Brien as an example of a strong voice in Irish literature. It discusses her literary legacy in conjunction with the works of some of the best contemporary Irish female writers, exploring the preoccupations as well as the controversial aspects of both. The question ‘What are the boundaries that today’s women writers are trying to push?’ will be among topics discussed.

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Title: Walk and Talk Around UCD Campus

Day: Tuesday

 

 Time: 11:00am - 11:50

 

Do you have an interest knowing a little more about the UCD campus amenities? Would you like to explore the tree lined Woodland Walks and learn about the history of the fine period houses and estates that have come together to form the parkland setting of UCD?

 

Since the 1930s, when University College Dublin’s Belfield campus was formed through the purchase of some of Dublin’s finest period houses and estates, the campus has provided an important amenity to students, staff and the local community. Today UCD is known for its parkland setting and mature landscaping. Now over 8km of woodland paths have been created and a series of 5 walks developed to open up the beautiful 133 hectare campus to a wider community. Each walk has its own unique characteristics. Along the meandering paths, walkers will pass many mature trees dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries, which complement areas of new woodland planted as part of UCD’s programme to maintain and enhance the ecological diversity.

 

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Title: Alexander the Great as God King

 

Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

 Do you have an interest in Alexander the Great? Would you like to know a little more about the image he chose to depict of himself? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Alexander the Great as God King. Alexander the Great, is arguably one of the most iconic figures to emerge from classical antiquity. The scale of his accomplishments and his untimely death at 32 ensured that his legend would live to the present day. But how active was Alexander in creating this legend? Countless images of Alexander survive on coins, busts, and statuary, each one representing the king with curved ram’s horns peeking through his tousled, mane-like hair. In this class, we ask why Alexander chose to depict himself this way, and how it benefited the king, but also created dissent in his army.

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Title: Introduction to Happiness

Name: Dr Nicky O’ Leary

 

Time: 3:00pm – 3:50pm

 

 Do you have an interest in the concept of happiness? Would you like to know a little more about how to have a happy life? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Introduction to Happiness. Happiness is an elusive state that everyone wants but few know how to achieve. Since the 1990’s positive psychology has researched happiness and discovered the secrets to a happy life. This talk will focus on defining happiness and exploring our life satisfaction. It will identify the three major routes to happiness and ways to follow each route. It will highlight possible limitations to our happiness and where best to focus our attention in order to create happiness. Recent studies have found that happiness can come in everyday simple rewards. This talk will identify three ways to create happiness now.

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Title: Tour UCD Special Collections

Time: 10:30am – 11:20am

 

 

 

 

 

The archival collections contain a rich variety of material spanning four centuries of Irish history and culture, and encompassing such diverse subjects as literature, Gaelic language and folklore, music, genealogy and political history. The main printed collection consists of material from the Catholic University of Ireland and the Royal College of Science. It also includes books, pamphlets and journals on a variety of subjects spanning the 16th to the 21st century.

 

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Title: Atlantic Salmon: Lost at Sea

Name: Professor Ken Whelan

 

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

 

Do you have an interest in learning about the history of Atlantic salmon? Would you like to know a little more about the dangers they face? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea. Do you have an interest in learning about the history of Atlantic salmon? Would you like to know a little more about the dangers they face? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea.

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Title: Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery

Name:  Dr John Cronin

 

Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

 

 Do you have an interest in learning about Roger Boyle? Would you like to know a little more about his role in restoring the monarchy to Britain and Ireland in 1660? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery. This lecture will deal with the life of one of the most important, yet little known, figures in seventeenth-century Irish (and British) History, Roger Boyle. The son of a planter who made it rich in Munster, Roger would fight in the British and Irish civil wars of the 1640s, ultimately contributing to the English Parliament's triumph. He would govern Scotland in the 1650s, pave the way for the restoration of monarchy throughout Britain and Ireland in 1660, and then shape the nature of the Irish landlord class. He would also change the shape of English literature.

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Title: Talking about Opera

Name: Michael Lee

Time: 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Do you have an interest in learning about Opera? Would you like to know a little more about Verdi’s la Traviata? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Talking about Opera.This will be an introduction to my course 'Introducing Opera', which aims to offer students a way into the world of opera. I will give an over-view of the history and traditions of this art form, and give a sense of the role that it has played in European culture. We will then look at Verdi's 'La Traviata', and see how it emerged from a real-life story in 1840s Paris to becoming the much-loved opera that we know today.

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Title: How to Create a page Turner

Name: Patricia O’ Reilly

 

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

 

 Do you have an interest in writing fiction? Would you like to know a little more about what makes a character interesting and real?  UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an  opportunity to “taste” an exploration of How to Create Page – Turning Characters. Characters are the royalty of fiction and work best when they are more real than people with bodies and heartbeats. Creating page-turning characters and keeping them acting ‘within character’ throughout a story is one of the keynotes of contemporary fiction. One of the greatest challenges facing today’s author is to create compelling characters that interest the reader, fit the story and respond to their plot. This is an opportunity to gain an insight into this literary skill. 

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Title: America at War

Name:  Dr Sarah Feehan

Time: 2:00pm- 2:50pm

Do you have an interest in America’s involvement in conflict? Would you like to know a little more? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of America at War. This talk will focus on America’s involvement in conflict since World War II. It will examine America’s motivation for becoming involved in various conflicts in the second half of the twentieth century including Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. It will consider whether America becomes involved in such conflicts to defend its freedom and interests around the globe or has it, as it has claimed, a greater goal of defending the freedom of others too. It will also question whether America had to, needed to, or chose to become involved in each of the conflicts.

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Title: UCD Classics Museum

Time: 3:00pm – 3:50pm

 Do you have an interest in having a guided tour of the highlights of the UCD Classical Museum? Would you like an opportunity to browse this unique collection of artefacts? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of the UCD Classical Museum. The Classical Museum was founded in 1910 as a teaching museum for Classics at University College. The original collection was largely assembled by the Rev. Henry Browne in the course of ten years through gifts from or exchanges with larger museums (particularly the Ashmolean and the British Museum). The collections include Minoan, Mycenaean and Cypriot artefacts, Greek vases, Greek and Roman coins, terracottas, Roman pottery and glass, bronze and bone objects of daily life, Egyptian antiquities and some papyri. The most significant later acquisitions consist of a marble sarcophagus and a collection of Roman and Greek funerary marble stelai with inscriptions, once owned by Sir George Cockburn. The collection was bought by the School of Classics in 1936 at the sale of the contents of Cockburn’s former residence: Shanganagh Castle, Bray, Co. Dublin. 

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Title: Death, Rebirth and Ecstasy: Mystery Cults in Ancient Greek Religion

Name: Dr Jessica Doyle

 

Time: 10:30am – 11:20am

 

 Do you have an interest in the role cults played in ancient religions? Would you like to know a little more about their workings? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Death, Rebirth and Ecstasy: Mystery Cults in Ancient Greek Religion. Secrets revealed only to those initiated; rituals which took place under the cover of night; promises of rewards to brighten a dark and grim afterlife- mystery cults were an important part of ancient religion, and yet their workings remain largely shrouded in secrecy today. This lecture will introduce what we know about mystery cults and their role in ancient religion, focusing on two of the most famous mystery religions of ancient Greece- the Eleusinian Mysteries in honour of the fertility and harvest goddesses Demeter and Persephone, and the Dionysian Mysteries in honour of Dionysos, god of wine.

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Title: Mindfulness and Compassion for Living Well

Name: Dr Fidelma Farley

 

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

 

 Do you have an interest in learning about the benefits of mindfulness? Would you like to know a little more about how the practice of mindfulness can help you in life? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of Mindfulness and Compassion for Living Well. This talk will give you an introduction to mindfulness and compassion. While there will be some time spent on the origins and history of mindfulness, the emphasis will be on how the practice of mindfulness and compassion can help you in your life, whether you want to be able to slow down and appreciate more fully the good things in your life, or if  you experience anxiety, or you'd like to find ways of being kinder to yourself, or manage stress more effectively. The presentation will include short, guided mindfulness and compassion meditations.

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Title: What are Human Rights

Name: Mary Purcell

Time:2:00pm – 2:50pm

 Do you have an interest in learning about the rights of others? Would you like to know a little more about how the concepts behind human rights have changed over time? UCD Access and Lifelong Learning is offering you an opportunity to “taste” an exploration of What are Human rights? In this talk, we will look at definitions of human rights; their meaning and the differences between civil and political rights, economic and social rights and solidarity rights. We will use a timeline of human rights to examine how the meaning of rights changed through the centuries. This is a wonderful chance to learn more about this subject in an interactive and practical way. 

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