Archives Speakers Series Welcomes Joseph M. Hassett '64

          BUFFALO, NY ― The Canisius College Archives Speakers Series welcomes Joseph M. Hassett ’64, PhD, on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. Hassett’s lecture, entitled “The Irish Revival and the City of Light: W.B. Yeats and Florence Farr Visit Buffalo, New York, 1907-1914,” is free and open to the public.

          Hassett, a graduate of Canisius College and Harvard Law School, holds a PhD in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, Ireland and practices law in Washington, D.C. A noted Yeats scholar, author of two books on the poet, Yeats and the Poets of Hate, and W.B. Yeats and the Muses, he also writes and lectures on literary subjects at such institutions such as Catholic University, the James Joyce Summer School in Dublin, Oxford University, National Library of Ireland, and the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. Hassett is founder of the Hassett Reading at Canisius which hosts prominent Irish literary figures on campus, including his friend, the late Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney.  

          Hassett’s lecture is part of the exhibit “The Irish Literary Revival and The City of Light: W.B. Yeats and Florence Farr Visit Buffalo, New York, 1907-1914,” on display now through October 9 in the Peter and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  The exhibit focuses on performances in Buffalo of two leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival – the Nobel- winning poet William Butler Yeats and his sometime muse, Florence Farr, the actress, theater manager and reciter to a stringed instrument psaltery. Buffalo, in the early part of the 20th century, held attraction to visitors because of its stature as home to the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. The “Pan-Am,” a massive world’s fair, illuminated at night by electricity from Niagara Falls, dominated the city’s imagination for decades afterward. Its continuing history wound its way into the visits of Farr and Yeats.

          The exhibit is made possible by a gift from Hassett.

          For more information regarding the exhibit or Hassett’s lecture, contact Kathleen DeLaney at (716) 888-8421 or via e-mail at

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