The Emerald Isle
Uncover Ireland's many charms on this intimate exploration of a country steeped in history and rich in culture.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
What a great overview of Ireland's political and religious history, its music, literature and arts. With the small group size, everyone is included in the lectures, activities and experiences. Wonderful adventure!”
Previous Journeys Traveler
Hard to imagine a more rewarding experience.”
My first experience with Smithsonian was beyond all my expectations! I look forward to being a regular traveler with the Smithsonian!”
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After graduating from Emory University with a degree in history, Miriam studied history and archaeology at the University of St. Andrews on a Bobby Jones Scholarship. She went on to earn an MA in medieval archaeology from the University of York and a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Mississippi, Alabama, England, and Scotland. In addition to her scholarly publications, Miriam has written for the popular press on archaeology, history, and travel and has lectured throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel. After teaching for sixteen years at Delta State University, she left as Professor of History and is now a freelance writer. Miriam is the author of Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land. She is currently at work on her next book.
Smithsonian Journeys Expert Christopher Griffin hails from the West of Ireland and studied at Trinity College and University College in Dublin, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Anglo-Irish Studies. He taught many courses relevant to this travel program during his 28 years as a professor of humanities in Washington, D.C. His courses have involved much pre-history, history and other aspects of civilization and cultures. For more than seven years, Christopher has been a lecturer in English at The George Washington University, where he teaches poetry, drama, and fiction. He has led several Smithsonian Journeys tours, including “The Emerald Isle” and transatlantic cruises.
Dr. Hilary Lennon completed her PhD in Trinity College Dublin and she is now the Harriet O'Donovan Sheehy Research Fellow in the School of English, University College Cork. She lectures and researches in the area of Irish literature and her Selected Letters of Frank O'Connor is forthcoming from Cork University Press. Dr. Lennon is vastly experienced at discussing and teaching on a wide range of Irish writers, as well as being very experienced at discussing a wide variety of subjects relating to Irish culture and history. Dr. Lennon has also been the academic leader on numerous Smithsonian programs in Ireland, and is therefore well placed to ensure a very enjoyable and stimulating tour for all participants.