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    "The group has its genesis in a panel at a literary festival in Charlottesville, Virginia in March 2008. Authors Peter Quinn and T.J. English, the late historian and author Daniel Cassidy, “Irish-America: Coming into Clover” author Maureen Dezell, and Dan Barry spoke at a panel entitled “In Search of Irish America”.

    In discussions afterward they realised a common interest in progressive politics and activism; this prompted them to gather a group of Irish-Americans active in the arts to support an ad praising then-candidate Barack Obama in the Irish Echo, the largest Irish-American newspaper. Eventually out of this initiative grew a spirit of collectivism that led to the formation of the association."

  • "Lexicographical cognoscenti will immediately identify the three-volume work as The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The Compact Edition is a micrographic reproduction of the OED, with each page making room for four reduced pages of the original. A magnifying glass is handily supplied to avoid damaging the reader's eyesight. The only problem is, there was no Compact Edition in 1963."

    Shock horror!

  • "Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy and “The Genius” from the David Letterman Show, is Coy’s guest to discuss his new book The God Question."
  • "Best-selling author Chris Mooney joins Coy to discuss his new book, Unscientific America : How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future."
  • "In the final installment of UVA Today summer reading suggestions, Carol Wood, assistant vice president for public affairs, suggests a few titles for the waning days of summer."

    You can see the suggestions and listen to the show by following the link. Follow!

    Her first recommendation is "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova.

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