and will be held in the
(very near Baggot Street)
The United Arts Club is right beside Baggot Street, and a five-minute walk from Leeson Street or Mount Street, so it is well served by buses. Parking is abundant and free (after 7.00 p.m., which is ideal for our meetings at 8.00 p.m.).
The talks generally last about an hour and we allow time afterwards for questions and / or discussions.
The United Arts Club welcomes us to their facilities for a chat to round off the evening.
Sunday 8th September, 2.30 pm
Centenary Methodist Church/ Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6.
Our Annual Barbecue will be held at same venue as last year. We should
like to thank the authorities of the Centenary Methodist Church who have
generously provided the facilities of Wesley House for us, at this very convenient
(Dartmouth Rd. end, beside Christ Church)
There is shelter in case of rain, some chairs, and we have permission to make tea or coffee on the premises.
The society will provide charcoal and some cooking stoves, but additional barbecue cookers are welcome, as are additional folding (camp) chairs or folding tables. Please contact our President, Denis Mullen, at 0868117258 if you intend to bring a cooker.
Members are welcome to bring friends. Members must bring their own food and drinks. We will be inviting the Chinese Ambassador and the staff of the Embassy and members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, so this should again provide an enjoyable social occasion, relaxed and informal.
A Painterly Return to my Hong Kong Childhood
a talk and slide show by Veronica Heywood
Veronica will illustrate her talk with slides of watercolours from her travel journal. She is an Artist & Arts Educator and Graphic Designer at Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education. She also works independently as a landscape & portrait painter.
Wednesday 23rd October, 8.00 pm
Core Values and Policies in the Chinese Education System
a talk by Zhang Liqing
Education occupies a very special position and plays a very important role at both governmental and ordinary level in China. In this talk, our speaker will introduce the core values and the main policies in the current Chinese educational system, its advantages and challenges. She has recently been a visiting scholar in the Philosophy school of UCD, and thus can compare aspects of education between Ireland and China. Zhang Liqing holds the post of Second Secretary in the Political Section of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland. Prior to this she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, China University of Political Science and Law - Beijing.
There is Life in the Clay
a talk by Laura O’Hagan .
Laura O'Hagan produces sculptural ceramics, murals, 2D and 3D mosaics for exterior and interior spaces, for private individuals and corporate clients. She was one of the Irish ceramicists who were selected to go to China in a cross-cultural exchange, exhibiting their work on their return. Laura will talk about her work in general with a particular focus on her time in China, and the subsequent exhibition here in Ireland.
Wednesday 11th December, 8.00 pm
Cultural Amnesia: China and the West
a talk by Jerusha McCormack and John Blair
A welcome return to the Society of these eminent professors! John Blair began focusing on China/West comparisons after his first teaching assignment there in 1988. Jerusha McCormack joined this project in 2004 when she herself began teaching at Beijing Foreign Studies University. These two scholars come to comparative culture studies from many years of university teaching in European English Departments where they both published several books and numerous scholarly articles in their original fields of 19th/20th century American and Anglo-Irish literature and culture.
In festive spirit, our traditional tea/coffee, mince pies and cream will be served after this, our last talk before Christmas!