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The Emerald IsleFrom Dublin to Galway and the Ring of Kerry

Discover Ireland's many charms on this intimate exploration of the Emerald Isle
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Christopher Griffin
Jun 15 - 27, 2014; Aug 9 - 21, 2015
Christopher Griffin is 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. His studies included Gaelic. He took more graduate courses at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He has published many articles and theatre reviews. He has worked in England. He has visited the Normandy beaches, as well as the Bayeux and the D-Day Museum. He has taught many courses relevant to the Celtic Lands itinerary while a professor of humanities at Strayer University for 28 years in Washington, DC. His courses in humanities have involved much pre-history and history and other aspects of civilization and cultures. Also, for the past 20 years, he has led numerous classes on various interests at Politics and Prose bookstore in DC. For over 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 three Smithsonian journeys, including “The Emerald Isle” and a transatlantic cruise. During the cruise he experienced the south coast of England, including Cornwall and Southampton.

Cassandra Hannahs
Aug 10 - 22, 2014; Sep 21 - Oct 3, 2014; Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2015
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
Jun 28 - Jul 10, 2015
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 BA in history at Yale and her PhD 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.