Presented by Celtic Women international, the iBAM! Literary salon is an amalgamation of short glimpses into the enchanting world of Irish culture.
This year's offering are:
noon Joan Kramer
Celtic Brigid's Meditation
1 pm Rosemary Feurer
Mother Jones /James Connolly
2 pm Theresa Choske
Women in the Arts: Susan and Elizabeth Yeats
Theresa is a lecturer who specializes in art, Irish history, and other cultural topics. A member of the IAHC Cultural Committee, she arranges art and history lectures, very well attended themed teas, and other special events that enhance the cultural offerings of the Irish American Heritage Center.
2:30. Katya Maslakowski Spies!
3 pm Mary Pat Kelly
The Irish and Chicago Politics
Mary Pat Kelly, a proud member of Celtic Women, is a writer and filmmaker from Chicago whose best selling novel Galway Bay is being developed as a min- series with multi-award winner Jim Sheridan directing
3:30. Maureen Smith
Intersection of Interests: Early 20th Century Active Irish Women
Maureen co-founded the Chicago Branch of Celtic Women Intl. She created and organized the CWI/IAHC "Revolutionary Irish Women Series” event focusing on women who participated in events during the 1916 Easter Rising. She has researched the early 20th century women’s activities extensively, delivered numerous presentations on aspects of their activities.
4 pm Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
Hanna Sheehy Skeffinton & the Irish Women's Workers Union
Noon Kathy Cunningham
Telling Your Story with Art
12:30 Brenna Briggs
MAIDS (Mothers Addicted to Irish Dancing) & the Evolution of the Liffey River Stories
1 pm Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington & the Irish Women's Franchise League
2 pm Bridget English
More Dead Than Alive: Mourning and Memory in Glasnevin Cemetery
2:30 Mary Wagner
When the Shoe Fits, Wear It!
3 pm Mary McCain
N. Ireland's Next Generation: Comments from Millennials
McCain is dir. of the Irish Studies Program at DePaul. She teaches the history of Ireland, N Ireland, and on the Irish in Chicago. She has a doctorate in Irish history from the University of Chicago
4:30 Mark Piekarz
"Songs and Ballads from the Irish Tradition"
Mark Piekarz is a lyric tenor and pianist who has particular interests in art song, cultural programming and liturgical music. Although most of his musical endeavors have been with choral ensembles and as a pianist, he has become more active as a soloist. He's performed with Bella Voce (Chicago), Coriolis (Evanston), Wicker Park Choral Singers (Chicago) and sings frequently as a liturgical soloist in Chicago. He recently played and sang at the Steppenwolf Theatre's Look Out Series. Piekarz is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and lives in Avondale
5 pm Kathy O'Neill
Your Hair is on Fire!
Kathy will read her original stories and poems about growing up Irish Catholic in the 70's and 80's in New Jersey.
Kathy O'Neill is a writer, journalist, special events producer and publicist who works for the Irish American Heritage Center. She has been a writer for NewCity Newspapers and was the Midwest Correspondent for ABCNews.com. She has also worked for Redmoon Theater, the Democratic National Convention, Nightline, Good Morning America and World News Tonight, with Peter Jennings. She has read her short stories and poetry the Steppenwolf Theatre, Storylab, Is This a Thing, Jamie O'Reilly's Salon Series and Celtic Women International, and has trained with renowned storyteller and teacher Scott Whitehair.
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