The seminar will normally meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, with three-day weekends allowing the possibility of occasional out-of-town travel; we’ll keep open the option of continuing the conversation at lunch off-site, as the spirit moves. We will also schedule one evening a week for participants, at their option, to come together in an informal setting to share progress on their seminar projects: to read a portion to the group, circulate drafts for feedback, etc. In the 2007 seminar, participants also organized some Sunday-afternoon conversations about the pedagogical issues and challenges surrounding Ulysses: that might well be something we’d want to repeat. And for any participants interested in dipping a toe in Joyce’s final work, we will hold an optional Finnegans Wake reading group on four or five evenings during the session.
Each seminar participant will have a formal conference with the project directors in the first days of the seminar, in addition to a conference in the closing week to assess progress made and to make plans for future work and collaboration. The project directors will also hold regular weekly office hours at the Trinity College facilities.
We expect that, as was the case in 2007, our group will be hosted for an opening-week reception by the American Ambassador to Ireland, at his residence in Phoenix Park. And plans are being made for a closing dinner at the Guinness Storehouse, with a before-dinner drink at the seventh-floor Gravity Bar, with its breathtaking 360-degree view of the city.