UCD to partner RTé Radio 1’s DAVIS NOW LECTURE 2019 series: "Making Home"

Posted: July 15, 2010

RTé has announced that University College Dublin will officially partner RTé Radio 1's newly devised DAVIS NOW LECTURES. Taking their inspiration from the long-running Thomas Davis Lectures series, The RTé Radio 1 DAVIS NOW LECTURES 2019 in partnership with UCD bring newly-commissioned lectures from Ireland’s finest scholars, artists and thinkers to audiences throughout the country. Tickets are free.

Dr Ellen Rowley, UCD School of Architecture is consultant editor and the RTE series producer is Cliodhna Ni Anluain.

Pictured (L-R) at the launch of The RTé Radio 1 DAVIS NOW LECTURES 2019 in partnership with UCD : Architectural historian, Dr Ellen Rowley, UCD and consultant editor of the series; Director-General RTé, Dee Forbes; Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Impact, UCD; Series producer, RTé’s, Clíodhna Ní Anluain.
Pictured (L-R) at the launch of The RTé Radio 1 DAVIS NOW LECTURES 2019 in partnership with UCD : Architectural historian, Dr Ellen Rowley, UCD and consultant editor of the series; Director-General RTé, Dee Forbes; Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Impact, UCD; Series producer, RTé’s, Clíodhna Ní Anluain. 

Speaking at the announcement of the series, VP for Research and Chair of UCD Decade of Centenaries, Professor Orla Feely said:

"This partnership enables us to continue an important outreach that stretches back over 66 years.  The Thomas Davis Lectures represented the best in contemporary Irish scholarship presented in a form that would -  in the words of Professor FX Martin “hold the interest of the intelligent non-specialist listener”.  We have been motivated by the public appetite for stimulating sustained research-based content that goes beyond vox-pop and twitter feeds and from our perspective, RTE radio has an experienced record in public engagement."

Explaining the "Making Home" theme, Dr Rowley said:

"The intention is to take a major national issue - in this case Housing - and present and discuss socio-economic and cultural aspects that stretch the public-understanding and the definition of 'home' nationally and universally."

Five lectures (see below) are recorded on location around Ireland in July for future broadcast on RTé Radio 1 as five hour-long edited programmes. Each of the lectures is followed by contributions from invited guests, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

The 2019 series presents aspects of MAKING HOME by contributors renowned in their fields of architecture, history, technology, arts and economics.

The Schedule: RTé Radio 1 DAVIS NOW LECTURES 2019 in partnership with UCD:

Wednesday 17 July, Callan Workhouse Union, Co Kilkenny (6.45pm)Bricks, Mortar and Data: Technology and the Smart Home. Dr Linda Doyle, Dean of Research and Professor of Engineering and the Arts, Trinity College, Dublin. Contributing guests include curator Etaoin Holohan of Fennellys, Callan, Rosie Lynch, Co-Director of Callan Workhouse Union and artist, Brianna Hurley.

Thursday 18 July, Moyross Community and Enterprise Centre, Limerick (5.30pm)Unmaking Home: Making Homes for Shelter or for Investment? Professor Michelle Norris, Head of the School of Social Policy, Social Work, and Social Justice, UCD. Contributing guests include Paddy Flannery, Company Manager at Moyross Company Enterprise Centre, and writers Veronica Dyas and Mike Finn.

Sunday 21 July, Glebe House, Co. Donegal (once home of artist Derek Hill) (2pm)Irish Theatre Performance and the evolving presence of home in Irish theatre.  Róise Goan, Artistic Director of Artsadmin, London. Contributing guests include Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht, Blanchardstown.

Wednesday 24 July, 11 Parnell Square, Dublin (6.30pm)History of Making Home. Dr Ellen Rowley, Research Fellow and Curator Belfield 50, School of Architecture, Planning and Public Policy, UCD. Contributing guests include Design Historian Dr Sorcha O'Brien of Kingston University, Urban Geographer, Associate Professor Joseph Brady of the School of Geography, UCD and Head of Housing Policy, Research and Development for Dublin City Council Dr Dáithí Downey who also leads the Dublin Housing Observatory. 

The RTé Radio 1 DAVIS NOW LECTURES 2019 in partnership with UCD is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and is produced by RTé’s, Clíodhna Ní Anluain. Architectural historian, Dr Ellen Rowley, of UCD is consultant editor of the series.

For information: https://www.rte.ie/radio1/davis-now-lectures/

By: Eilis O'Brien, UCD University Relations