Heard on Campus: Lisa Jenkins on the fate of Irish harp players

March 22, 2010

"The Irish harp was a symbol of Ireland and represented Irish musically.  It thrived during the time of Gaelic chieftans, but declined in the time of Queen Elizabeth I following her decree that all Irish harp players should be hung and their harps burned. The instrument didn't make a comeback until around 1792."--Lisa Jenkins, instructor of music

Spirited Celtic sound waves filled the auditorium of the Penn State Downtown Theatre, State College, Pa., on St. Patrick’s Day as Lisa Jenkins and members of Callanish, a local Celtic band, jump-started the spring season of Research Unplugged with a celebration of Celtic music and its origins. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research|Penn State Web site http://www.rps.psu.edu/ on Monday, March 22.

Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served. For information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.

For photos of the event, go to http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2234


  • Jenkins entertains questions from the audience at a special St. Patrick's Day edition of Research Unplugged. For additional photos at the event, click on image above.

    IMAGE: Laura Stocker Waldhier
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