Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan TD has officially launched the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Limerick.
The new school is a unique interdisciplinary unit incorporating a diverse range of subject specialisms, including Léann na Gaeilge / Irish Language and Literature; Journalism and Media; English Literature and Creative Writing; and Technical Communication and Instructional Design. Research strengths include the study of Irish literature and culture in both of the island’s languages, and the study of writing of all kinds, from fiction to news reportage to digital media.
The school was founded in 2014, having previously been a part of the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication. Staff at the school includes Professor Joseph O’Connor, the Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing, and Professor Margaret Mills Harper, the Glucksman Chair in Contemporary Writing in English.
Speaking from the launch, Professor Harper, Head of the School, said, “It’s a tremendous honour to be part of this community of dedicated scholars, inspired teachers and terrific students. It’s also an adventure. My colleagues and I believe in the power of the word—the words of others or our own creative expressions, on paper, radio, TV, or in virtual space. And we turn that belief into practice.”