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Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professor in Irish Studies

Dr. Eamonn Wall
Professor of English
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Eamonn Wall

A native of Co. Wexford, Éamonn Wall is the Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St Louis. Éamonn Wall received his degrees from University College, Dublin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of From the Sin-é Café to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000) which received the Michael J. Durkan Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies for excellence in scholarship, and four collections of poetry by Salmon Publishing, Ireland, including Iron Mountain Road (1997), The Crosses (2000) and Refuge at DeSoto Bend (2004). He has published articles, essays, and reviews in such publications as New Hibernia Review, Triquarterly, Washington Post Book World, Chicago Tribune, Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Recorder, and An Sionnach. He was the guest editor of Natural Bridge: A Journal of Contemporary Literature published by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2002. Éamonn Wall is past president of The American Conference of Irish Studies. He has lived in the US since 1982.

In 1996, Dr. Michael Smurfit pledged the funds to create the Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies. As a major multinational corporation with more than 50,000 employees in 25 countries, Smurfit-Stone clearly exemplifies what it means to be a good corporate citizen in the era of global economic interdependence. Integral to the efforts to internationalize the University of Missouri-St. Louis, this professorship represents another important step in ensuring that our students and the local community understand and communicate with people of different cultures.

Professor, Eamonn Wall, provides leadership in the development of Irish Studies on our campus. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to promote teaching, research and community service in the Irish arts, humanities or history. Working with International Studies and Programs, the Irish-American community and the community at large, Profefssor Wall develops programs for campus and community audiences about Ireland and the Irish expatriate experience. He also collaborates with the other international professors and International Studies and Programs to develop a comprehensive international program highlighting the diversity of St. Louis' ethnic heritage.

The establishment of the Smurfit-Stone Distinguished Lecturer series has permitted International Studies and Programs to offer outstanding programs for campus and community audiences. Among them were the week-long visits of Dr. Nicholas Canny, a noted Irish historian from the National University of Ireland, who spoke on the colonization of Ireland, Dr. Gearóid O'hAllmhuráin, a distinguished Irish musicologist, and one of the Irish Studies chairs, provided both an educational and entertaining overview of traditional Irish music and culture, and Dr. Gearóid O'Tuathaith who presented lectures placing important events in Twentieth century Irish history into historical perspective. In addition, the professorship sponsored the visit of the Honorable John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spoke about the peace process in Northern Ireland.