Published: September 2007

James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) portrays the odyssey of Leopold Bloom through the course of one day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin. Hundreds of locales around the world now commemorate this literary high holiday with activities ranging from theatrical events to road races. On June 16, 2007 more than 300 attended the first such event in Boston, presented by the New Center for Arts and Culture and Boston College. Faculty, students, performers, media personalities, authors, community leaders, and diplomats took part in exploring Ulysses in a daylong program that included films, readings, exhibits, food, music, and discussion.

@BC presents a sampling of activities that took place at Bapst Library: readings of excerpts from Ulysses; an introduction to the novel entitled “Ulysses for the Perplexed: Making Sense of the Novel for the Common Reader,” by Marjorie Howes, chair of the Irish Studies Program; a performance of a song mentioned in the text; a reading from the legal decision that permitted Ulysses to be published in the U.S.; and a panel conversation on the Irish and the Jews of Boston.

Participants in the readings from Ulysses:

  • Steven Barkhimer, actor
  • David Barry, Irish consul general to Boston
  • Jim Braude, political commentator, NECN-TV and 96.9 FM
  • Ciaran Crawford, actor
  • Margery Eagan, newspaper and radio political commentator
  • Andrew Glynn ’08, major in philosophy and theater arts
  • Dolores Handy, radio anchor, WBUR-FM
  • Vivien Li, Boston Harbor Association
  • Paula Lyons NC’67, former radio and television journalist
  • Bill Littlefield, radio commentator, WBUR-FM
  • Elise Manning, actor
  • Annette Miller, actor
  • Stuart Mushlin MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Brian O’Donovan, radio host, WGBH-FM
  • Elizabeth Shannon, author
  • Elaine Theodore, actor
  • Jimmy Tingle, actor, writer, political humorist
  • Rony Yididia, Israeli consul to New England

This feature was posted on Friday, September 21, 2007 and is filed under Videos.
Writer: Daniel Soyer, Producer: Miles Benson