Irish theater critic and scholar Fintan O’Toole will present the 2013 Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture, entitled “Three Irish Heresies,” on Friday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater. The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
O’Toole, one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals, is teaching at Princeton this semester including the course, “Modern Irish Theatre: Oscar Wilde to Martin McDonagh to Riverdance.” Robert Fagles, for whom the annual Memorial Lecture is named, was a member of the Princeton faculty for 42 years in the Department of Comparative Literature and a renowned translator of Greek classics. His critically acclaimed translations of Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” became best-sellers.
In the Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture, O’Toole suggests that the true legacy of Irish Catholic thought lies in three profound ideas, each of which was declared a heresy by the official Church.