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Grammy Award-winning Irish musician visits Hastings College to discuss college’s Irish Fellows program
Davy Spillane, Grammy Award-winning Irish musician and host of the Hastings College Irish Fellows program in Ireland, will visit campus and host an informational session for students interested in the program at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5 in Hurley McDonald Room 221.
The 2010 Irish Fellows will be in attendance to present their recent experiences in Ireland this fall.
In partnership with Davy Spillane, Hastings College sponsors the Irish Fellows Program, which blends on-campus coursework with independent study in County Clare, a region in western Ireland offering remarkable educational and cultural opportunities.
Hastings College juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this highly competitive program that enrolls eight students each Fall semester. Participants earn up to 16 hours of academic credit at Hastings College. Students create and execute their own research projects that focus on subjects ranging from history, literature, religion, ecology, music and more.
Site host Davy Spillane is a Grammy Award-winning low whistle and uilleann pipe player. Spillane was a featured soloist for the international premier of “Riverdance.” He is a founder of the Irish band “Moving Hearts.” He has collaborated with well-known musicians such as Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Bryan Adams and performed on theatrical soundtracks for “Gangs of New York” and “Rob Roy.” In addition, Spillane starred in the Irish film “Traveller,” and he records his albums and makes his own instruments at his home in County Clare, Ireland. Spillane is recipient of an honorary doctorate from Hastings College.
Thanks to The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York City and many other generous supporters, the HC Irish Fellows program continues to encourage excellence and exploration among students through this educational and cultural immersion into the history, culture and geography of County Clare, Ireland, with the tour’s host, renowned Irish musician Davy Spillane.
Hastings College, founded in 1882, is a private, four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). A total of 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs are offered to more than 1,190 students. Hastings College was named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit www.hastings.edu for more information.
For more information, contact Dr. Richard Lloyd at (402) 461-7360.