Celtic Connections—Ireland, France, Spain
University Writing Program
James McElroy completed his earlier undergraduate and graduate studies at Trinity College Dublin. Afterwards, he taught at the Irish College of Journalism and the National University of Ireland. After several years teaching (and another Irish recession looming on the horizon) McElroy decided to leave Dublin and go to New York. In New York he continued to teach—Manhattan College, Marymount College, Manhattanville, etc.—while continuing his research on Irish Literature. Next came a return to Dublin where McElroy finished his PhD at University College Dublin (the other UCD) under the watchful gaze of A. Norman Jeffares and Seamus Deane. With PhD in hand, McElroy made his way—after a lot of this, that, and the other—to UC Davis where he has taught an assortment of courses including Nature & Irish Literature, Management Communications, Legal Writing, Early Victorian Literature, Technical Writing, Scientific Writing and Journalism.
A Message to Students and Parents
Growing up in Ireland—Belfast & Dublin—I made frequent trips to France (Brittany) and to the splendors of Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain (Galicia). Teaching Celtic Connections allows me to re-visit places I know intimately as well as talking about what links these otherwise different countries hold as between their Celtic languages, Celtic literatures, Celtic cultures, Celtic musics, and their Celtic lives as lived.