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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With a Ph.D. in medieval history, Cassandra Hannahs spent most of her academic career at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was a tenured professor of history. At Middlebury, Cassandra regularly taught courses on Celtic, Viking and Anglo-Norman Studies, as well as more general courses on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the history of Christianity. In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Ireland, Scotland, England, and Europe. As Study Leader for the Smithsonian since 2000, she enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of the British Isles and Ireland with travelers on land and sea.
Jennifer Paxton has taught Irish history for the past ten years, first at Georgetown and then at the Catholic University of America, where she is currently the assistant director of the University Honors Program and faculty advisor to the CUA Gaels, an Irish-American student group. She earned her B.A. in history at Yale and her Ph.D. in medieval history at Harvard, where she also did course work in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Paxton will soon be producing a video course on Celtic Civilization for The Great Courses series, for which she has already made courses on medieval England and the Norman Conquest. Dr. Paxton spent a semester attending high school in Bray, Co. Wicklow, and has maintained a lifelong interest in Irish history, literature, politics, and music.
Smithsonian Journeys Expert Christopher Griffin hails from the West of Ireland and studied at Trinity College and University College in Dublin, where earned a first-class Master’s 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. Also, 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 been a study leader on several Smithsonian Journeys tours, including “The Emerald Isle” and a transatlantic cruise.