The National Endowment for the Humanities has released its schedule of this year’s summer seminars for college teachers and it includes “James Joyce’s Ulysses: Text and Contexts.” Co-directed by Professors Kevin Dettmar and Paul Saint-Amour, it will be hosted at Trinity College, Dublin from 18 June to 20 July. All participants will receive a stipend to support their living and research expenses over what promises to be an intellectually energized six weeks of intense research and conversation. Seminar sessions will be held three days a week, leaving considerable time for independent work in at Trinity, the National Library of Ireland, the James Joyce Centre, and other resources in the city. Past experience and testimony suggests this will be a phenomenal event. In the words of one participant from the 2007 seminar: “It has to be the intellectual and professional highlight of my career! It has already affected my teaching, leading me to include Ulysses in courses I am offering and to shape the way I approach it in class.”
Spaces are available for sixteen participants and applications are accepted from anyone who teaches college students, including adjunct and community college faculty. Applications are also welcome from independent scholars and those who work in cultural institutions. Two spots will be reserved for full-time graduate students and all applicants must be US citizens. A wealth of information include detailed application instructions is available on the seminar’s website. I encourage all who might be interested to apply.
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