The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law

A new boo33Beauty and Truth 25Jun FRONT-1k by Joe Hassett (Ph. D. 1983) tells as it’s never been told before the story of the clash between James Joyce’s Ulysses and the law of obscenity. In what is probably the most important, least understood episode in the perennial struggle between law and literature, Joyce’s novel was adjudged obscene in one trial in 1921, but exonerated in another a dozen years later. Hassett’s comparison of the two sheds new light on these epoch-transforming events and their implications for the never-ending struggle to overcome censorship of prescient works of the imagination.Above all, this is a story of remarkable people, especially John Butler Yeats, who saw that the objection to Joyce arose from the fact that his “terrible veracity, naked and unashamed” interfered with the public’s desire to live comfortably and thus superficially. Yeats, father of the poet, handed this argument to John Quinn, lawyer for Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, who faced criminal charges for publishing what Anderson regarded as the most beautiful thing she and her partner would ever have the opportunity to publish, and uttered the eerily prophetic vow, “We’ll print it if it’s the last effort of our lives.” Quinn, generous and able, but reluctant to be known as a champion of  sex literature, ignored the  powerful justifications Yeats, Anderson and Heap handed him in favor of tawdry and cynical arguments unworthy of Joyce’s great novel. Anderson and Heap were convicted of a crime and publication was halted, but arguments based on the societal importance of truth and beauty in literature eventually prevailed in the second trial in 1934.

Published by Lilliput Press. For details, see lilliputpress.ie/product/the-ulysses-trials.

Celebrating UCD Architecture

UCD Architecture alumni are being recognised nationally and internationally for the contribution they have made in the area of design.

Congratulations to the following Architecture alumni, who were recognised for prestigious awards in 2016/2017.

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Tom de Paor
BArch 1991
In January 2017, Tom will receive an RIBA Honorary Fellowship.

 

 

 

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Prof. John Tuomey and Prof. Sheila O’Donnell 
BArch 1976
O’Donnell + Tuomey were awarded ‘Irish Design Hero 2016’ by Image Interiors.

 

 

 

 

Níall McLaughlin
BArch 1984
The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Níall McLaughlin winner of the 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award.

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara 
BArch 1974
The RIBA International Prize was awarded to Grafton Architects, for their design of the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnologia (UTEC) building in Lima, Peru.

University College Dublin holds alumni reception in New Delhi.

Saturday last, UCD held an Alumni reception in New Delhi, India to gather some of the 800 UCD alumni currently based in the country. UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks made his first official trip to India to attend the event, meet with alumni and to launch the UCD President’s Global Fund – India. The evening was kindly hosted by current Ambassador of Ireland to India, H.E. Ambassador McElduff at his residence. Also at the event Dr Conor Mulvagh launched the recently published book ‘Irish Days, Indian Memories’ and UCD presented an honorary award to renowned social activist Dr. V. Mohini Giri. Continue reading “University College Dublin holds alumni reception in New Delhi.”

John O’Doherty receives the Sir John Hammond Award

British Society of Animal Science honour School of Agriculture and Food Science Professor with prestigious Award.

The British Society of Animal Science have awarded UCD alumnus, Professor John O’Doherty, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science’s Professor of Animal Nutrition, the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize at their annual Conference Dinner at Chester University on Wednesday 6th April 2016.

This prestigious Prize is awarded by the Society to anyone in research, teaching, advisory, farming or affiliated professions who has made a significant contribution to the science or development of animal production.

Full webpage here.

Paul Healy, Business alumnus, appointed CEO of Skillnets

Skillnets appoints new Chief Executive

Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks, has appointed Paul Healy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Healy brings strong expertise in HR, Learning and Development to the role, and over 20 years of experience in commercial environments. Continue reading “Paul Healy, Business alumnus, appointed CEO of Skillnets”

Science alumnus Alan Smeaton awarded RIA Gold Medal in Engineering Science

The Gold Medals from the Royal Irish Academy are sponsored by the Higher Education Authority and awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised, outstanding scholarly contribution in their fields. The medals were presented by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of Research and Innovation with the European Commission who said that ‘each of these awardees have demonstrated through their outstanding contributions to academia and the impact of their research the intersection of research, scholarship and ‘real world’ application. Ireland, and Europe as a whole, can be proud of such achievements’.

Image: R-L: Robert-Jan Smits, Alan Smeaton, Mary Daly, Tom Boland, Philip Lane

See full details at the RIA site.

Patrick Carey of Ireland as Deputy Chef de Cabinet Ad Interim

New York City: The Office of General Assembly of the United Nation has issued the following news release:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Patrick Carey of Ireland as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim.

The Secretary-General reiterates his deepest gratitude to outgoing Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra of Argentina, for her tireless support, outstanding leadership and admirable dedication. Her commitment, integrity and diligence inspired and shaped the United Nations, leading by example while setting standards at the highest level. Continue reading “Patrick Carey of Ireland as Deputy Chef de Cabinet Ad Interim”

After Empire

On Thursday 4 February, UCD hosted ‘After Empire: Leaders’ Discussion’, bringing former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, and former Indian Minster of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid. Joined on stage by Professor Mary Daly, Dr Art Cosgrove and Dr Conor Mulvagh, the leaders discussed the commonalities and differences of experience emerging from the British Empire. Continue reading “After Empire”

UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers

The Nutrition Team at the UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers for a nutrition research study which will be completed at the Clinical Research Centre at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. I had spoken to you about this study last May and you were very helpful, however we are still recruiting for this study and finding it difficult to get people who meet the criteria. If you could circulate an email/include it in an email to be sent to Alumni network it would greatly increase our reach and help our recruitment efforts. Continue reading “UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers”