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Le Moyne College Hosts Bloomsday Celebration

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College's W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts has been chosen as the site for the 16th Bloomsday by the Syracuse James Joyce Club. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 16, beginning at noon.

Bloomsday takes place worldwide on June 16, the date for the setting of James Joyce’s masterpiece, “Ulysses,” and is observed with marathon readings of the entire work, considered by many scholars to be the greatest novel of the 20th century.

The event at Le Moyne will begin at noon with a series of five-minute readings by local dignitaries, including Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Music Director Daniel Hege, Syracuse Common Council President Bea Gonzalez, Michael Davis, associate professor of English at Le Moyne, Francis House hospice director Sister Kathleen Osbelt and WSYR-TV (Channel 9) news anchor Carrie Lazarus. Interspersed throughout the readings will be musical performances by Ithaca opera singer Danielle Adams, who will sing Irish songs made famous by Irish tenor John McCormack.


At 2 p.m. the club will present awards to winners of its scholarship and writing contests. Following the awards the epic reading of “Ulysses” will begin, ending around 10 p.m.

Admission is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase. The event is being sponsored in part by the Irish literature program at Le Moyne.

Kay Ellis, executive producer of the special guest portion of the event, said, “As James Joyce was educated in Dublin by the Jesuits we are delighted with our new site and pleased to put it on at a Jesuit College that is spiritually connected to our Joyce Club.”



posted on: 6/8/2009