11 to 15 July 2011
Trinity College Dublin was honoured to present the annual Samuel Beckett Summer School, a weeklong celebration and exploration of the works of one of its most famous graduates. We invited the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. The School provides the opportunity to savour and study Beckett’s works in the context of the university where he began his intellectual life.
The Summer School ran for one week from 11 to 15 July 2011. There were two lectures in the morning and a choice of seminars was available in the afternoon. In this, the first year, we ran four seminars; enrolled students chose which seminar they wished to attend when they registered. One of the seminars was a drama workshop and one was a reading group. In the evenings we offered a range of activities, which included a performance of one of Beckett’s plays at the Samuel Beckett Theatre specially commissioned for the Summer School. The Library at Trinity College, which houses a significant collection of Beckett’s manuscripts, prepared an exhibit for the Summer School.
Themes and Speakers
Each year the Summer School will have a unique theme, which will be addressed in one of the seminars and two of the lectures. The theme for 2011 was Gilles Deleuze and Samuel Beckett.
Speakers for 2011 included: Linda Ben-Zvi, Garin Dowd, Gerry Dukes, S.E. Gontarski, Barry McGovern, Mark Nixon, Sarah Jane Scaife, Dirk Van Hulle, and Shane Weller. The Patron of the Summer School is Edward Beckett.