The University's Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies will feature in the Smithsonian Associates' "Great Schools" Program in Washington DC on March 20. Scholars from the Institute will explore the remarkable story of Ireland's cross-cultural relations with Scotland in an all-day seminar timed to cap the St Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States.

 The invitation to appear as part of this Smithsonian programme is an honour for Aberdeen as previous universities invited to take part have mainly been Ivy League institutions. Oxford is the only other European university to have presented an all-day seminar in recent years. To mark our visit to the Smithsonian, the Ambassador of Ireland, His Excellency Noel Fahey, will host a reception for Aberdeen at his official residence on March 19.

 Further information, including details of a special post-seminar reception at the Smithsonian, sponsored by The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is available on this website.




  April 6th, the official "Tartan Day" falls on a Tuesday this year, so most festivities have been moved to the week-end around the 6th. Unfortunately, the date chosen for Tartan Day is not advantageous for colleges and universities to celebrate since it can, for many universities and colleges, fall in the middle of the spring break (as it does this year) making it impossible to organize college activities to celebrate the date. It also has the distinct possibility of falling on Good Friday or even on Easter! Worse still, its close proximity to St. Patrick's Day makes many people feel it is somehow an extension of the Irish "Wearin' o' the Green" day and so some of its force is dissipated.

 None the less, the Scots are no strangers to adversity, and so events are planned: Here is a partial list:

 March 19 at 8 pm

  THE PROCLAIMERS from Scotland, FRIDAY March 19th 8:00pm at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 Street, NYC, Doors Open at 6:00pm Tickets at King Blues Club $18.00 in Advance and $20.50 Day of the Show

  Thursday April 1, 2004 6:00-9:00 PM

"THE NEW SCOTLAND" A stirring evening about historical and contemporary "Scotland since Arbroath" by Alan Merson and Susan Stewart, First Secretary for Scottish Affairs including a Screening of Skye Films
Harlan Whatley Production The Tartan Apple: the Scots in New York City at the The British Consulate 845 Third Avenue at 52nd Street
Entrance on 10th floor - Exit on 9th floor New York, New York 10022
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED Members $20, Non-Members $25 per person includes refreshments and hors d'euvres.

  April 2 at 7 pm

  Welcoming Pipers & Drummers Friends & Family. All welcome to bring your pipes & drums, fiddles and voices, accordions and accents, dancing shoes and toasting arms to a lively gathering on the night before the parade, with live music by the Lyons College Pipe Band, Show Band, and Dancers, the Thurso Pipe Band and Campbelltown Pipe Band from Scotland
$20 per person
The Seventh Regimental Armory 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City
TICKETS online at www.nycaledonian.org At the door or by US Post via Response Form

  April 6 at 7:30 pm

  The Saltire Society of New York and Brooklyn College present an evening of Scottish Films. Several short films by Scottish film makers will be shown including "Dancer", "Little Big Head"
admission is free - coffee and tea and cakes.
Room 0202 Plaza Building 2900 Bedford Ave.
Photo I.D. necessary
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