5 Tips for Reading Ulysses

To celebrate Bloomsday 2021, UCD Alumni hosted a special In Conversation webinar event, entitled Bloomsday 2021: Why Ulysses Matters. The event featured Simon O’Connor, Director of Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Professor Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies at UCD, and Katherine McSharry, Deputy Director of the National Library of Ireland, who discussed the significance of Ulysses for the work of MoLI and Joyce’s significance for UCD.

If you’ve been meaning to read James Joyce’s Ulysses but never quite got to it, there’s no better year than 2021 as we head towards the 100 year anniversary of this ground-breaking novel. Here are some of the helpful tips from the webinar for reading Ulysses.

1. Don’t start at the beginning: Start at episode four which introduces us to Leopold Bloom, one of the most famous characters in 20th century literature. This chapter is very readable and approachable. Another good tactic is to start at the end – the final episode of Ulysses “Penelope” is universally liked.

2. Listen to recordings of Ulysses: The best known version is the highly acclaimed RTÉ dramatisation which covers the entirety of Ulysses and features renowned actors throughout. Available for free online.

3. Get a good but succinct guide to Ulysses: Ulysses Unbound by Terence Killeen provides short but multifaceted introductions to each of the chapters.

4. Walk around Dublin: Use an app from the James Joyce Centre or a printed guide such as The Ulysses Guide by Robert Nicholson. Listen to or read Ulysses as it introduces you to parts of the city you haven’t visited.

5. Read it to enjoy it: If a chapter is too much for you just skip it and go on to the next bit, you can always return to it as you re-read the novel. Give yourself sufficient time to sit down and read large sections of it, rather than tackling it a page or two at a time.

Finally, as Joyce himself once wrote “To learn one must be humble, but life is a great teacher”. Happy reading!

You can watch back the full webinar event here.

UCD Festival@home 2021

The unique and award winning UCD Festival brings the global UCD community of students, alumni, future students and the wider general public together to join us for over 100 free online events.

The UCD Festival@home 2021 took place from 27 – 29 May. For the second year we were not on campus but instead brought you all the inspiring, fun and informative activities of the regular festival through a virtual platform.

You can now watch back the exciting and engaging events that ran across the weekend, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy including workshops, demonstrations, workouts, performances and more.

Visit https://festival.ucd.ie/ to join in the fun.

#UCDTogether Campaign

Throughout December, we featured stories from our alumni across the globe. Little snippets and insights into how our UCD community were doing through a time of continued uncertainty. As always it was wonderful to hear from our alumni community at a time when so many things are still uncertain.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our alumni who contributed. Yet again for this second #UCDTogether Campaign our hearts were warmed and our connection was strengthened.

All of the stories that were shared can be found here.

The Choral Scholars – New Album Launch

The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study.
Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Dublin.
The Adoration of the Magi by American composer Timothy Stephens is a breathtaking setting of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. A beautiful Irish-language lullaby – Cró na Nollag – set by father and son, Adhamhnán and Uinseann Mac Domhnaill, and the much-loved Scottish tune simply titled Suantraí, are also included. The Irish Chamber Orchestra are also featured on a number of tracks including The Wexford Carol and Carol of the Bells. The choir closes the album with the song most associated with friendship, hope and the promise of a new year, Auld Lang Syne.
You can purchase the album, Be All Merry, by clicking here.

Making Belfield – Space and Place

Belfield 50 marks the five decades since University College Dublin transferred its administration and the faculties of Arts, Commerce and Law from Earlsfort Terrace to join Science on the Belfield campus. To celebrate this special anniversary, alumna and professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, Finola O’Kane, along with architectural historian, Ellen Rowley, have written and designed this beautifully designed book. It focuses on the campus’ evolution since the late 1960s, and explicitly since 1970.

For the past generation or more, the original Belfield masterplan by Andrzej Wejchert has not been analysed or appreciated, and public opinion has often misunderstood the architecture as a ‘concrete jungle’.

The book ‘Making Belfield’ examines the architecture from an academic perspective, to focus on the origins and importance of UCD’s architecture, collections and libraries, and also, to raise awareness of the excellence of the Belfield campus and its original architectural components.

The essays will evoke memories of Belfield and of time spent there in the various spaces and places and will give the reader a deeper understanding of the place that has shaped so many.

Order Making Belfield directly from UCD Press by clicking here.
Alumni can avail of a special rate of €25 including postage (RRP €40) by emailing ucdpress@ucd.ie directly.
For more details on the launch of the Belfield 50 outdoor exhibitions, click here.

UCD Connections 2020 is here!

Your chance to get a printed copy of UCD Connections 2020!

For those alumni based in Ireland, our annual UCD alumni magazine will be available with The Irish Times on Friday, 11th September and with the Sunday Business Post on Sunday, 13th September 2020.

As there will be a reduced amount of printed copies this year, please do pick up a copy.

For alumni abroad, our updated UCD Connections website (www.ucdconnections.ie) will be live on the morning of Friday 11 September, when you can read the articles online.

UCD Together

Over the past few months, we have been delighted to bring you stories from our alumni across the globe. Little snippets and insights into how our UCD community were adjusting to life in lockdown. It was so wonderful to hear from you at a time when so many things were uncertain – and of course still are.

As most of us move into a new phase of adjustment and begin to embrace our lives and routines again we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our alumni who contributed. Our hearts were warmed and our connection was strengthened.

All of the stories that were shared can be found here.

UCD Alumna Hazel Chu elected Lord Mayor of Dublin

 

UCD alumna and Green Party councillor Hazel Chu has been elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Ms Chu studied history and politics at UCD before going on to train as a Barrister at the King’s Inn. She later completed a Masters in Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit.

Speaking after her election, Ms Chu said she would use the position to have “an open and frank conversation on the topic of racism and gender inequality.”

We wish Ms Chu every success in the role.

 

Read our exclusive interview with Hazel Chu in the recently released UCD Connections 2020.

 

Free Online Mindfulness Sessions with Carolin Grampp

Carolin Grampp is a UCD School of Business University Teaching Specialist and facilitates undergraduate and postgraduate modules on- and offline which mostly offer students the opportunity to explore well-being and resilience through personal experience. Personal experiences and subsequent needs sparked her interest in mindfulness, compassion and resource-building practices for which she has completed extensive training which is informing her work at UCD and outside. Carolin is also caregiver to her mother who has Parkinson’s and limited eyesight due to Macular degeneration.

Would you like to connect in this challenging time to practice self-care and laughter? Carolin and her friend Bal are offering free Zoom sessions throughout March and April (and possibly beyond) on the following days and times:

Mondays: 12-1pm BST

Wednesdays: 7.30-8.30pm BST

Fridays: 9-10am BST

All you need is your computer or mobile device. You can access the Zoom meeting room via this internet page https://zoom.us/j/577123669 or by using this Meeting ID: 577 123 669 on the Zoom app.

UCD alumni celebrate Grafton Architects at their Royal Gold Medal Lecture

Dublin-based Grafton Architects, co-founded by UCD alumni Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, was named the 2020 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. This follows the award of the medal to UCD alumni and Professors (Emeritus) Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey in 2015.

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the evening before the medal presentation, Shelley and Yvonne delivered a public lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects to mark the occasion. Hugh Campbell, Dean of Architecture at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Policy, was asked to provide an introduction and moderate the post-lecture audience Q&A session.

UCD was able to secure a block of seats at the event, and 70 UCD alumni were in attendance to celebrate the achievements of Yvonne, Shelley, and the numerous alumni who have contributed to the work of Grafton Architects since its establishment in 1978.

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