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Irish film and folklore class at UH Hilo

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Date: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service is offering a three-week non-credit course exploring the cultural and historical contexts of Irish folklore.

The course, taught by Kirsten Mollegaard, is from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays from March 6 to March 20. Students will learn important events and cultural movements in Ireland that sparked interest in collecting and preserving oral history, such as the Irish Revival and the formation of the Irish nation after centuries of British rule. There will also be comparisons between the Irish experience and present-day concerns in Hawai‘i regarding nationalism, colonialism and the survival of oral traditions.

In addition, there will be screenings of two critically acclaimed Irish films that bring Irish legends to life: John Sayles’ “The Secret of Roan Inish” and Harry Potter director Mike Newell’s “Into the West.” Films will be followed by a round-table discussion.

Tuition is $35 and space is limited. For more information and to register for any CCECS course offering, call 974-7664.

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