History Professor Awarded Ryan Professorship

Kevin Murphy

The previous incumbent of the Ryan Professorship in the Humanities was Kevin Murphy, professor of English. His project was entitled "The Irish Political Elegy: William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney." As Ryan professors are expected to do at the end of their three-year tenure in the position, Murphy gave a public presentation on his research topic. In April, a crowd of enthusiastic colleagues and students packed the Handwerker Gallery to hear Murphy's illuminating explication of two important poems -- Yeats' Easter 1916 and Heaney's Casualty -- a presentation that was greeted by enthusiastic applause.