Distinguished Speaker Daniel S. Burt to Provide Insight on Irish Writers' Contributions to Literature

Heritage Hall will open its 2019-20 Distinguished Speaker Series this Monday, September 23, with esteemed author, lecturer, and literature professor Dr. Daniel S. Burt at 7:00 pm in the Howard Theatre located in the Heritage Hall Middle School. 

During his presentation, How Irish Writers Created the Modern World, Dr. Burt will delve into  the contributions of Irish writers on drama (Beckett, Friel, O’Casey, Shaw, Synge, Wilde; poetry (Heaney, Kavanagh, Yeats); and fiction (Beckett, Doyle, Joyce). 

Dr. Burt earned a doctorate in English and Literature from New York University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and literature at NYU, Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and Northeastern for more than 30 years. 

Since 2003, Dr. Burt has organized Irish literary and historical tours of Ireland as the director and founder of Unique Irish Tours. In his most recent book, The Handy Literature Answer Book (Visible Ink, 2018), Burt shares his perspectives on literature basics such as themes, symbols, context, and other literary devices; as well as different literary forms, including novels, poems, short stories, plays, memoirs, and nonfiction.

“Daniel Burt is that rarest of passionate literary guides,” observed Nick Carter, Heritage Hall Assistant Head of School.  “A consummate teacher, Dr. Burt guides us to rediscover our common humanity by sharing existential questions framed by the greatest creative minds of all time,” Carter added.
Dr. Burt’s appearance is presented by Heritage Hall as an extension of the School’s commitment to community engagement through lifelong learning. Admission to the Distinguished Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Heritage Hall is located at 1800 NW 122nd Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, call 405.749.3001.

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