GOOD NEWS FROM ST PAUL: Celtic Junction Arts Center presents eclectic mix of virtual classes for winter semester

Twin Cities Irish hub unveils virtual college winter program

Celtic Junction Arts Center has taken the wraps off its winter program for the Irish College of Minnesota. Fifteen online classes will take place on a rolling basis beginning January 17 through April 7, 2022. Classes range from one session to 16 and cover a wide range of topics including Irish language, history and literature, and the Celtic creative arts. Registration is available on the Coláiste na nGaedheal Minnesota website. 

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Connemara-born native speaker, Lavinia Finnerty, has created her own comprehensive Irish language foundations class sequence that takes students from beginner to conversationalist, moving learners from Gan fadhb (no problem) to Gan stró (no sweat)!

Opera singer Naomi Karstad presents a new class on Richard Wagner’s imaginative mining of Arthurian tales while Patrick O’DonnelI offers a class on the greatest Arthurian story collection, Le Morte D’arthur. Other classes will take learners to ninth-century France to meet the great Irish spiritual philosopher, Eriugena; to visit the Guthrie Theater’s production in March 2022 of The Tempest; and to the roots of the Irish Literary Renaissance with the great awakeners of the national spirit, Thomas Davis and James Clarence Mangan in the 1840s.

Meanwhile, architectural historian Otto Paier offers a class with the intriguing title, “The Irish Cottage: Culture, Design, and Controversy.”

Celtic Junction Arts Center executive director Natalie Nugent O'Shea said the shift to Zoom with the onset of the pandemic has helped the Irish College of Minnesota, established in 2017, to reach a wider national and international audience.