Past Collaborative Projects

Exploring the Absurd: Beckett and Irwin

This February, embark on a unique cultural journey with the Celtic Junction Arts Center and the Guthrie Theater. Our series of interconnected events lead up to the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of On Beckett by Bill Irwin at the Guthrie Theater.

Samuel Beckett ca1920

Exploring Beckett: Delve into Samuel Beckett's world with an insightful article in the February issue of the Celtic Junction Arts Review by Dr. Patrick O'Donnell.


Irish Studies Round Table (Feb 8th): Engage in a lively discussion on Beckett's impact on literature and theater at our in-person roundtable.


The Irish Beckett Seminar (Feb 12th): Join us for a hybrid webinar exploring Beckett's Irish roots and his influence on the Theatre of the Absurd.

Bill Irwin

Conversation with Bill Irwin (Feb 18th): Don't miss this free talk with the extraordinary actor and clown Bill Irwin, delving into his remarkable career.

On Beckett with Bill Irwin

On Beckett (Feb 18th): Experience Bill Irwin's one-man show On Beckett at the Guthrie Theater with a 50% off code for tickets, exclusively for our audience.

Natalie O'Shea, Executive Director

Third Global Irish Civic Forum, April 20-21, 2023, in Dublin Castle

The Forum brought together representatives of many organisations working with the Irish diaspora globally. CJAC's Executive Director, Natalie Nugent O'Shea, attended as a panelist.

Issues addressed were:

  • how to proceed on addressing membership losses in Irish communities
  • what are the options for a united Ireland
  • what will be the likely status of emigrant voting

Panel discussions took place over the two days covering topics including challenges facing new Irish emigrants, connecting with members of the diaspora, supporting the mental well-being of the diaspora, and assisting Irish emigrants wishing to return to Ireland.

Workshops on fundraising, governance, and communications were also held.

Global Irish Civic Forum

Vaulted ceiling, heavy iron light fixtures, and bookshelves all around make for a great place to study.

 University of St. Thomas and O'Shaughnessy Library

Center for Irish Studies Spring Symposium - CANCELLED

Hardship to Hope: James Tuke, Archbishop Ireland and the Irish Emigration of the 1800s

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10 am - 3pm at the John Roach Center (JRC) 126

  • 10-11 a.m. - Jane Kennedy “Any Small Power”: A Tribute to James Hack Tuke (Read Jane's article "Journey to Uncertainty" in the Arts Review.)
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Reception in LIB 108. Official launch of "Fleeing from Famine: James Hack Tuke, a Philanthropist in the West of Ireland."
  • 1-2 p.m. - Charlie Heymann "The Music of Emigration": A Talk and Performance
  • 2-3 p.m. - Eamonn Wall "The Ship's Manifest: Irish-American Poet Journeys"
  • 6:30 p.m. - Evening Reception: Kickin' It Irish  at The Celtic Junction.
O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

University of St. Thomas and the Center for Irish Studies

2020 O'Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe NĂ­ Ghearbhuigh - CANCELLED

Poetry Reading by Ailbhe NĂ­ Ghearbhuigh

Friday, April 24,  7:30 - 9 pm at the John Roach Center at UST

Free. Hear the latest winner of the annual O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award given by UST’s Center for Irish Studies read her bilingual work in English and Irish and sign copies of her books.

Colloquium – O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12 pm - 1 pm at the McKiernan Library at Celtic Junction Arts Center

Free and open to the public. Irish College of MN’s Lavinia Finnerty in conversation with O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize 2020 Winner, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish poet who writes in the Irish language. Discussion will be in Irish and English. Visit her website here.

A stone castle sits in an area of lush green, it could be located in Europe but it's Minneapolis' own Turnblad Castle.

American Swedish Institute

Sept 2019 - Jan 2020

Copyright Maureen Fleming

Wildflowers, A Feminine Genesis

October 2019 - April 2020

 Wildfires Photography Installation at CJAC, Oct 12, 2019 - April 12, 2020

In connection with IAC/NYC