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Endowed Chair: Irish Studies

The Smurfit-Stone Corporation Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies

Eamonn Wall

For further information, please contact
Dr. Eamonn Wall
Professor of English
314-516-6757 FAX
Eamonn Wall

A Unique Gift in Support of International Education
In 1996, Dr. Michael Smurfit pledged the funds to create the Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies. As a major multinational corporation, Smurfit-Stone Corporation 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.

About Professor Wall
Eamonn Wall, a native of Co. Wexford who immigrated to the US in 1982, was educated at University College Dublin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the City University of New York-Graduate Center, where he received his Ph.D. in English.

Wall teaches courses in Irish, Irish-American, and British Literature, coordinates the UMSL’s Irish Speakers and Performances Series, and directs the UMSL Summer Study-Abroad Program in Galway.
His books include Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions (Notre Dame, 2011) and From the Sin-e Café to the Black Hills: Notes on the New Irish (Wisconsin, 2000). He is a past-president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. Eamonn Wall is also the author of six collections of poetry: Sailing Lake Mareotis (2011), A Tour of Your Country (2008), Refuge at De Soto Bend (2004), The Crosses (2000), Iron Mountain Road (1997), and Dyckman-200th Street (1994), all published by Salmon Publishing in Ireland. In 2013, he edited two volumes of Irish poet James Liddy’s literary essays: On American Literature and Diasporas and On Irish Literature and Identities, both published by Arlen House/Syracuse University Press. Essays, articles, and reviews of Irish, Irish American, and American writers have appeared in The Irish Times, New Hibernia Review, Irish Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, South Carolina Review, An Sionnach, and other journals. Further information is available at
Programs for Campus and Community
The establishment of the Smurfit-Stone Distinguished Lecturer series has permitted International Studies and Programs to offer outstanding programs for campus and community audiences. The events include presenting speakers on Irish culture, literature, history, politics, and performers of Irish music and dance.

Information Contact:
Dr. Eamonn Wall, Professor
English Department
University of Missouri-St. Louis
431 Lucas Hall
1 University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Tel: 314-516-5589; Fax: 314-516-6757

Dr. Joel Glassman, Director
International Studies and Programs
Tel: 314-516-5753; Fax: 314-516-6757