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Renaissance Ireland Exhibit Opening Lecture

Brendan Kane and Thomas Herron, exhibit curators

Exhibition curators Thomas Herron and Brendan Kane welcome Folger members and guests to the opening for Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland—with a little help from H.E. Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, and Michael Witmore, the Folger's Director.

From a February 19, 2013 Folger Exhibition Opening Lecture for Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland.


Renaissance Ireland Exhibition Lecture   |   Transcript


Thomas Herron is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, teaching Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is the author of Edmund Spenser's Irish Work: Poetry, Plantation and Colonial Reformation (2007) as well as co-editor (with Michael Potterton) of both Ireland in the Renaissance, c. 1540–1660 (2007) and Dublin and the Pale in the Renaissance, c.1540–1660 (2011). He currently edits the multidisciplinary journal Explorations in Renaissance Culture.


Brendan Kane is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and Associate Director of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. In addition to teaching broadly in early-modern European history, he offers classes in Irish Gaelic. He is the author of The Politics and Culture of Honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541–1641 (2010) and co-editor (with Valerie McGowan-Doyle) of a forthcoming collection of essays entitled Elizabeth I and Ireland.

Thomas Herron

Brendan Kane



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