Notre Dame undergraduate students now have the option to take a three-credit creative writing workshop in Ireland through a summer program sponsored by both the creative writing program and Notre Dame International. Running from July 17 to Aug. 7, students will spend one week in the city of Dublin and two weeks at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, professor of English Valerie Sayers said. Catherine Owers | The Observer Students participating in a new summer study abroad program sponsored by the English department in Ireland will spend a week at Kylemore Abbey, pictured.“One thing we want all our students to think about is not just their place in American literature, but also their place in world literature, and where better to start than Ireland?” Sayers said. Valerie Sayers said the course was the brainchild of Barry McCrea, professor of Irish studies, English and Romance languages, and Lisa Caulfield, director of the Notre Dame academic center at Kylemore Abbey. Sayers and Joyelle McSweeney, director of the creative program within the department of English, will teach the course. Guest authors Alice McDermott and Kevin Barry will also participate in the course. Sayers said she and McSweeney will collaborate on the classes and teach two separate sections of the class. “Students in both sections will have the opportunity to work on whatever genre interests them. We know we’ll be doing prose, and a lot of it, because that’s where the majority of interest lies,” she said. “We’re also both open to and will create some opportunities for people to think about the overlap between fiction and nonfiction, between prose and poetry, and even, if people are interested, drama, which is the great Irish genre. “I think we’re both excited to teach that way, too,” Sayers said. “In the program here, though we encourage a lot of inter-genre work in the graduate program, just for practical reasons the undergraduate curriculum is set up as prose or poetry. And this is one of these rare opportunities to mix it up.” Sayers said writers of all levels of experience are invited to enroll in the course. The course will fulfill the University and College of Arts and Letters fine arts requirement, and for English majors it will count as a standard major elective and will also fulfill one of the four required courses for the Creative Writing concentration.“Non-English majors are more than welcome. In fact, they always provide a great contrast and complement to English majors,” she said. “One thing we like about the design of this course is that it is open to all levels. … There’s maybe an initial shyness from people who have never written before, but it dissipates so quickly when you realize that every time you write, you are a beginner because you are learning how to create a new manuscript. Every single time is a beginning time — that is one of the things I’m most excited about.”Sayers said the dual locations of the course will make for a “richer experience, particularly for students who are going to Ireland for the first time and have not had a chance to experience the rest of Ireland.”For the first week in Dublin, Sayers said, students will have the chance to absorb the literary traditions of the city, as well as see theatre productions and hear live music.“Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world, and the literary vibe there is intense and infectious,” she said. “I think by contrast, the time at Kylemore, which by its nature will be very contemplative and very meditative, will make for a really rich, full experience, both of writing and of culture.”The course will be designed to provide a multitude of stimuli for students while giving them the opportunity to pursue their own projects. Both in Dublin and at Kylemore, Sayers said, the course will link “the practice of walking and the kind of opening up of the language centers that walking provides.”“We’re going to be doing lots of exercises around place, both architectural space and Kylemore Abbey itself will be a fabulous architectural space to explore, but absolutely once we’re in Connemara, we’ll be thinking about nature,” she said. “We’re still working on course texts and things like that, but we’re trying to include some writing that thinks about both nature and ecology, and our moment in climate time.” Sayers said the program is designed for accommodate 20 Notre Dame students and 10 Irish university students. “Because this is the first year, those would be ideal target numbers for the life of the program, but it’s entirely likely that we’ll be a smaller group going over the first time,” she said. More information regarding the course and the potential to apply for financial aid will be available to students at an information session Wednesday at 11 a.m. in 320 Malloy Hall. Applications for the course are due Feb. 26. Tags: creative writing program, English Department, Ireland, Notre Dame International
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury has indicted a longtime Town of Oyster Bay official for allegedly failing to report more than $2 million in consulting fees over a six-year span, authorities said.Frederick Ippolito, the town’s commissioner of planning and development, was arrested Friday and charged with six counts of tax evasion. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Central Islip federal court before Judge Kathleen Tomlinson.“The public expects their elected and appointed officials to obey the same laws as it does,” said Shantelle Kitchen, special agent-in-charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit in New York. “They must meet their tax obligations just like the people they serve.”Federal prosecutors said the 76-year-old Syosset man received the consulting fees from Old Bethpage-based Carlo Lizza & Sons, Paving, Inc. and a principal of that company, then willfully failed to report the fees on his personal tax returns or the tax returns of entities he controlled from 2008 to 2013.Ippolito is the president of CAI Associates, LTD, a consulting and snow removal business, and a former officer of CAI Restaurant, Inc., which used to own Christiano’s, the Italian restaurant that Billy Joel was said to have wrote a song about.If convicted, Ippolito faces a up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.Oyster Bay town officials did not immediately return a call for comment.
Seanergy also revealed that another of its Capesize vessels is extending its current time charter contract. The charterer of Gloriuship, an unnamed Asian dry bulk operator, has agreed to extend the initial four-to-seven-month time charter for an additional period of ten to fourteen months, commencing as of 23 April 2020. According to Seanergy, the charterer will compensate the company for 100 per cent of the scrubber investment, including equipment and installation cost as well as for the associated off-hire days. The time charter will commence immediately upon completion of scrubber installation on Knightship, which is expected by the end of May 2020 and will extend for a period of 36 to 42 months. In addition to the daily hire, the company will be entitled to additional revenue (profit-sharing) above a certain spread between the price of high and low sulphur fuel oil throughout the term of the charter. The company has the option to convert the contract from floating to fixed for a minimum period of three months under certain conditions. “Based on the improving market fundamentals, as further driven by the worldwide economic stimulus offered to ease the COVID-19 impact, we believe that our fleet is well-positioned to capture the full upside potential of the rising trend in the Capesize market,” he concluded. Knightship is following Premiership and Squireship, which were delivered to ST Shipping in the fourth quarter of 2019. “We are pleased to further expand our relationship with Glencore through a third vessel under a commercial arrangement that Seanergy has pioneered in the sector,” Stamatis Tsantanis, the company’s chairman & CEO, stated. “(F)ollowing the delivery of the Knightship to the subject charterer, 70 per cent of our fleet will be employed under index-linked time-charters. The relevant time charter equivalent of the Baltic Capesize Index has increased by 260 per cent from its lowest point seen two months ago.” Seanergy provides marine dry bulk transportation services through a fleet of ten Capesize vessels, with a cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,748,581 dwt and an average fleet age of approximately eleven years. As informed, the M/V Knightship will be the third of the company’s vessels time-chartered by ST Shipping and Transport Pte. Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Glencore. Gloriuship time charter extension Capesize shipowner Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has entered into a time charter agreement with commodity trading and mining company Glencore for an additional Capesize vessel.