Experts Available to Speak on St. Patrick’s Life, Leprechaun Lore, Celtic Music and
February 20, 2007
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Believe it or not, there’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than green beer and bar specials.
From discussing Celtic music and legendary Irish creatures to searching Irish genealogy
and factual biographical information on St. Patrick, Texas Tech University experts
can answer your questions about the Emerald Isle. For more information, visit this
John Howe, professor in the Department of History, knows that the lore and legends
surrounding one of Christianity’s most recognizable saints can make discovering the
real St. Patrick difficult. He can separate the biographical fact from embellished
fiction. Reach Howe at (806) 742-1004 ext. 233, email@example.com, or visit www2.tltc.ttu.edu/howe.
Brian McFadden, assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences,
can speak about leprechauns. He can relate numerous legends of the mischievous creatures,
as well as the origins of their name. McFadden can describe why society creates stories
of such creatures, what roles they play in teaching morality, and what they represent
for Irish culture. He can be reached at (806) 742-2501 ext. 241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John McGlone, professor of animal and food sciences in the College of Agricultural
Sciences, can speak about genealogy and his personal genealogical search for his Irish
ancestors. He can offer advice on conducting a search for ancestors in other countries.
He can discuss what it means to be Irish in America, Irish holidays and their histories
and some of the common stereotypes Irish people have to face. He can be reached at
(806) 742-2805 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Christopher Smith, associate professor of musicology and director of the Texas Tech
Celtic ensemble in the School of Music, can discuss how Celtic music, a rich piece
of Irish culture, is passed down through many different generations as a form of oral
history. He can be reached at (806) 742-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org