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May 20, 2015

Spotlight on Collections: Robert Flaherty's Oidhche Sheanchais


Free Admission
Wednesday May 20 from 3pm - 5pm

Robert Flaherty’s film, Oidhche Sheanchais (A Night of Storytelling), 1935, was presumed lost, until a member of the Harvard Celtic Department discovered a record for it in the library’s online catalog, Hollis, in 2012, which located it in Houghton Library. The short film offers rich opportunities for research in the histories of Irish culture, film, and story-telling.

Please join us for a screening, followed by presentations on the history, preservation, and translation of the earliest known Irish-language film. Speakers include
Catherine McKenna, Chair of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures;
Natasha Sumner, incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures; Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive; and Elizabeth Coffey, Film Conservator at the Harvard Film Archive.

Presented in partnership with Harvard Library Preservation Services

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