TITLE - ‘Elevating the honour of the screen from its degraded depths’: Religious Cinema of the 1950's
Leader - Dr.Sarah Culhane

Tue, 13/10/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This talk draws on archival materials and oral histories gathered as part of the Irish Cinema Audiences project. Launched in June 2018, Irish Cinema Audiences is a collaborative project run in conjunction with Age Action Ireland and its network of lifelong learning groups. Using a combination of questionnaires and video-interviews, the aim of this project is to investigate the social and cultural role that cinema played in the everyday lives of Irish audiences of the 1950s. Memories of religious films are frequent among cinema-goers of the 1950s who often recall Hollywood epics such as The Robe (Henry Coster, 1953) and The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. De Mille, 1956) or dramas like The Song of Bernadette (Henry King, 1943) and The Nun’s Story (Fred Zinneman, 1959), which dealt explicitly with religious content. While Hollywood cinema of the 1950s is associated with a significant number of religious or quasi-religious films, the religious film was also a feature of film production in other national contexts. Jorge Perez (2017) notes that in Spain national film production was marked by a ‘religious cycle’ throughout the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Owing to its extensive international distribution, the 1955 film Marcellino, pan y vino (Miracle of Marcelino) is perhaps the most prolific example of the religious cycle films produced at that time. For interviewees of the Irish Cinema Audiences project, the film is often associated with school trips to the cinema or screenings in boarding school. Through analysis of oral history testimony and press discourse, I will explore how a series of European religious films were promoted and received by Irish audiences. Sarah Culhane is a CAROLINE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Media Studies at Maynooth University. In collaboration with Age Action Ireland her current research project, ‘Irish Cinema Audiences: Engaging older audiences and sustaining Ireland’s cultural heritage’, investigates the significance of cinema-going and film in the everyday lives of Irish people in the 1950s. She holds a PhD in Italian studies from the University of Bristol. Her PhD research was conducted as part of the Italian Cinema Audiences project (AHRC 2013-2016) and is featured in Italian Cinema Audiences: Histories, Memories of Cinema-going in Post-war Italy (Bloomsbury, 2020).

TITLE - "The Devil's Chaplain": a talk on the life and times of Charles Darwin
Leader - Dr.Peter Boyle

Tue, 27/10/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

When he left school at the age of sixteen in 1825 , Charles Darwin said about himself that "I was considered by all my masters and by my father as a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect”. And yet when he died in 1882 his name was a household word. Today Darwin is arguably the most written about and most widely discussed scientist of all time. It could also be said that no other scientist in history was to cause such a dramatic change in how ordinary people understood themselves and their place in the world. This talk will review the life, times, and career of this extraordinary man. Dr Peter Boyle is a Fellow Emeritus of Trinity. He was brought up in County Sligo in the house in which the famous Cambridge mathematician, Sir Gabriel Stokes (of 'Stoke's Law' fame) was born. He was educated in The King's Hospital School in Dublin and then in Trinity College, where he was elected a Scholar and then took a moderatorship in chemistry, followed by a Ph.D. He joined the academic staff of Trinity and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1972. He remained working in Trinity until his retirement, with periods abroad working in USA and Germany. In 2015 he published a new book on the Provosts of Trinity College.

TITLE - " My Grandmother:An Irish Red Cross Pioneer"
Leader - AGM & VIP Guest Speaker Roland Evans

Tue, 10/11/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

TITLE - The Music of Verdi!
Leader - Courtesy of our Music Appreciation group

Tue, 24/11/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Print Date: 30 Sep 2020