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The Quiet Girl

Dir. Colm Bairead 94 min PG-13

2022 Super LTD

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Friday, March 24

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Rural Ireland. 1981. Nine-year-old Cait is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learned to hide in plain sight from those around her. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth.

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Join us March 10th at 6:45 PM at the Dundee theater for THE QUIET GIRL (AN CAILÍN CIÚIN)! Stay after the film for an audience discussion with a panel of local experts about the context surrounding not only the film’s literary original (Foster by Claire Keegan), but also the place of Irish language in Irish culture. The discussion will be led by Dr. Lisabeth Buchelt (Professor, Albert W. and Helen J. Jefferis Chair of English Literature, UNO), with Molly Loesche (Assistant Dean, Creighton) and Hugh Reilly (Professor Emeritus, UNO).

About the Panelists

Lisabeth C. Buchelt, Ph.D

LB specializes in medieval and nineteenth-century British and Irish literary and cultural studies at the University of Nebraska—Omaha and is the current Albert W. and Helen J. Jefferis Chair of English Literature. She has published on tenth-century Old English poetry; gospel book design in ninth-century Ireland; early medieval Hiberno-Latin poetry; nineteenth-century vampire narratives; and occult imagery in the drama of W.B. Yeats. Her article, “‘Delicate Fantasy’ and ‘Vulgar Reality’: Undermining Romance and Complicating Identity in Bram Stoker’s The Snake’s Pass” won New Hibernia Review’s Roger McHugh Award for Outstanding Article in 2012 and her research on twelfth-century Irish monastic intellectual culture won a fellowship from the National University of Ireland—Galway Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her latest publication, “One Beetle Recognizes Another”: translation, transformation, transgression in Cartoon Saloon’s film The Secret of Kells,” appears in Screening Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama (Julie Grossman and Barton Palmer, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2022). She is currently at work on a monograph examining the intersection of Irish literary narratives and the Neoplatonic philosophic revival of the twelfth century. Many of her best trips to Ireland have been in the company of Molly and Hugh.

Molly P. Loesche, MA

Molly has her master’s degree in history, with research interests in Irish cultural nationalism, the Irish language, and the experience of Irishwomen. She studied in Northern Ireland as an undergraduate student and spent two summers studying the Irish language and doing research in the Connemara Gaeltacht during graduate school. While teaching history at UNO, Molly had the privilege to lead several student groups to Ireland alongside Professors Buchelt and Reilly. She is currently the Assistant Dean for Student and College Programs at Creighton University, but her passion for the history and language of Ireland remains!

Hugh Reilly, MA

Hugh Reilly has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and attended the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Arizona before finishing his Master’s degree in Communication at UNO. He began teaching at UNO in 1999. Professor Reilly was the Director of UNO’s School of Communication from 2013 – 2021. He was also a member of UNO’s Native American Studies Faculty. Reilly has had dozens of articles published in newspapers and regional and national magazines such as “Nebraska Life,” “UNO Alum,” “US Catholic,” and “AAA Home and Away.” He has written many journal articles and chapters for academic books including several entries in encyclopedias on Native American history and culture. He has also written or co-written seven books, including, Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars, originally published by ABC Clio – Praeger, was reprinted by The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books in October of 2011. His latest book, published by Tulleygarvey Press in 2019, is Drinking with My Father’s Ghost: A Journey Through Ireland’s Pubs. Hugh has led more than 25 tours of Ireland, some of them with Molly and LB.

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