The James Joyce Italian Foundation has released the program for its 8th conference, to be held February 2-3 in Rome. This year’s event focuses on Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival, will coincide with Yeats’ 150th birthday, and feature plenary talks from Matthew Campbell of the University of York, Ronan Crowley of the University of Passau, and Carla Vaglio Marengo of the Universita di Torino. The panels focus mainly on issues related to Joyce, Yeats, and the Revivial. In addition, Paolo Colombo will speak on T. S. Eliot, there will be a roundtable on translation, and an evening at the Irish Embassy hosted by Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr. Bobby McDonagh. Finally, there will be a showing of artwork from Grazia LoDeserto entitled “Tutto Shakespeare.” Follow this link to view the program and this one to visit the JJIF website.
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After nearly a century of artistic activity, prolific sculptor, Milton Hebald, passed away on January 5, 2015 at an assisted living facility in West Hollywood. Hebald was the artist who created the famous sculpture of Joyce thinking and holding a book at his grave in Zurich, Switzerland. He was also the artist behind a number of public sculptures primarily in New York and Los Angeles, including the 12 Signs of the Zodiac sculpture that hung in the John F. Kennedy Airport and “Olympiade ‘84”, which depicts three women running outside the Stuart Ketchum Downtown YMCA in Los Angeles. Follow this link for a more complete account of Hebald’s life and work.