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Conversation + Play

Monday, April 16, 2018
7PM Talks with Q&A sessions
followed by Networking & Refreshments

This free event is presented as part of the Conversation + Play series curated by the producers of the TEDxAsburyPark conference and Two River Theater.

Gear up for Dancing at Lughnasa by joining us for an engaging evening of Irish-related talks! We will hear from three guests speakers on their area of expertise. A Q&A session will follow and light refreshments will be served. 

Topic 1:

Why No Snakes: The power of history and archaeology for understanding Irish Culture|  Stanton W. Green, PhD

Linking the archaeology of Ireland to St. Patrick and the snakes mythology and to the power of modern politics in shaping the divided history and prehistory between Northern Ireland and The Republic


Topic 2:

Brian Friel and the Dawning of Modernism | Elizabeth Gilmatin-Keating, PhD

An overview of Brian Friel's life and discussion of the theme of the coming of modern Ireland that's present in Dancing at Lughnasa


Topic 3:

Tunes and Tales of Old East Galway |  Lesl Harker

Traditional Irish Music from the 1930’s: How could the Mundy sisters have known of music from way down in East County Galway, when they were in Donegal?

Stanton Green directed a major archaeological research project from 1982 to the mid 1990’s in Waterford Ireland.  Research focused on Ireland’s original settlement approximately 12,000 years ago by hunter, fishers and gatherers to the transition to farming around 6000 years ago.  During this time he involved scores of American, British and Irish students in archaeological field research.  He continues his study through his writing and presentations on archaeology and Irish culture, history, music, literature and the arts as a public scholar for the New Jersey  Council for the Humanities and Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth

Elizabeth “Beth” Gilmartin-Keating, PhD is Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Monmouth University’s Department of English. Beth & Stan Green, along with other faculty, developed a minor in Irish Studies at Monmouth University that offers students the opportunity to study Irish language, literature, and history. Beth has published articles on the playwrights JM Synge and Lady Gregory, and she is working on an article on Martin McDonagh and Tom Murphy. Her research interests include: 19th and early 20th century Irish and British literature; Postcolonial Theory; composition; and technology. Dr. Elizabeth Gilmartin-Keating earned a PhD degree from New York University.


Lesl Harker serves as Irish flute master for the NJ and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils' folk arts Apprenticeship programs, and teaches privately in her home studio, including via skype, as well as via public workshops, in Union County, NJ.

Teacher and player of the traditional Irish concert flute and whistle, she specializes in the fluid old-style music of East County Galway. Drawing from a long apprenticeship to the late Galway flutist and National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty, Lesl has published two award-winning Rafferty tune books for use by students, teachers and Irish music enthusiasts. Lesl was recently featured in the NJ State Arts Council magazine "Passing it On" and hosts various public music sessions. Lesl performs with others for private and public events. Contact Lesl through her teaching website: