Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan at the 16th century "Spanish Arch" in Galway.
Associate Professor Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan from the English department presented a paper in June at the national American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) Conference at National University of Ireland, Galway titled "Presencing Absence in Colm Tóibín's The Blackwater Lightship." Costello-Sullivan’s interests and publications range over a broad array of themes in British and Irish literature, including gender, nationalism, and post-colonialism. Once identified by the Irish Independent as "the best Irish writer of his generation," Tóibín is a contemporary Irish author whose work Kate finds incredibly moving, accessible, and appealing to teach, and it is pointedly relevant to a conversation on contemporary Irish literature and culture.
While in Galway, Costello-Sullivan represented not only Le Moyne College, but also the Mid-Atlantic region to the ACIS Executive Board. She was elected as the Mid-Atlantic representative by the region in Fall 2008 and was also added to the organization's finance committee. Kate renewed old associations and made new ones, noting: “Along with the valuable chance to hear new work and present one's own, this national conference is always a good opportunity to publicize our own Irish literature program here at Le Moyne, to investigate ideas and potential opportunities for our students, and to meet reps of graduate programs in which our students are interested.”