James Joyce Birthday Celebration Wednesday, February 2, 2022 (i.e.02/02/2022): Centennial of the Publication of Ulysses











Sylvia Beach and James Joyce

This OLLI-AU Event will be a Zoom Webinar starting at 2:00 PM EST

and continuing for about 3 & 1/2 hours


Our Program

  • 2:00 PM - Reading of Passages from writers who influenced Joyce: Ben Johnson, Henrik Ibsen, Gustave Flaubert
  • 2:15 PM - Reading of Passages from the 18 Episodes (chapters) of Ulysses
  • Cast Party - On the day following the event (Thursday February 3 from 2 to 4 PM ET) there will be a cast party to which all are welcome. It will feature readings of passages from some writers who influenced James Joyce (Ben Johnson, Henrik Ibsen, Gustave Flaubert) and readings of passages from some writers influenced by him (William Faulkner, Antony Burgess, Thomas Pynchon) followed by discussion, music Panel Discussion (these readings will take about 40 minutes and will be followed by discussion, music, and contests with prizes and surprises (Joyce/Ireland trivia, joke-telling singing).  For the cast party there will be a new Zoom link that will be made available after the conclusion of the event on February 2.
    There is more information at the webpage for the event at 2022 James Joyce Birthday Celebration


Notes: Jonson, Ibsen and Flaubert are the three writers as to whom Joyce read all their works. Faulkner, Burgess, and Pynchon are three of the many writers influenced by Joyce.

100 years ago James Joyce received as a 40th birthday present the publication of Ulysses from Sylvia Beach, owner of the Shakespeare & Co bookstore in Paris - who had never before published a book, but had volunteered for the job when none of the established companies would take it on, due to the censorship of the Ulysses in English-speaking countries.

Ulysses is the landmark modernist novel which many commentators have described as the written equivalent of modernist and post-modernist art movements such as: post-impressionism, fauvism, cubism, dadaism, constructivism, supremacism, surrealism.

Introduction to Ulysses: The program will include a brief introduction to Ulysses by Daniel Mulhall, the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, whose book, Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey is being published in January 2022.

More program details and the script will be added to this webpage. In the meantime people new to Ulysses might be interested in the webpages for last year's celebration at JJ BDay Celebration 2021 and a short introduction to the Ulysses course at PDQ Joyce.

Further preparation: You may want to view the Great Tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the Wondrium streaming channel (Wondrium.com, formerly the GreatCoursesPlus.com, with their located HQ in Chantilly). Narrated by the Marc Connor, PhD, President of Skidmore College, its 24 half-hour episodes are a marvelous introduction to this fabled and fabulous place, including the 20th session, James Joyce's Ireland. Pandemic or not, your 22 day free trial (or subscription) will take you across the Atlantic to savor "the passionate history, world-renowned culture, breathtaking landscape, and welcoming people of the Emerald Isle."


Our Readers Thus Far (as of December 24, 2021):

  • Robert Aubry Davis
  • Christopher Griffin
  • Marilyn Wong Gleysteen
  • Bill Hadden
  • Richard Hoffman
  • Dorothy Haase
  • Enid Hyde
  • Bob Kolodney
  • Steven Lamm
  • Sandy Leibowitz
  • Gail Lelyveld
  • Dan Mulhall
  • Barnaby Powell
  • Daniel Sachs



















































































When: Tuesday, February 2, 2022 (at 2 pm)

Where: Online: Zoom



    • Free for all, but you need to register to get the Zoom URL


2:00PM - 5:30PM Wed 2 Feb 2022, Eastern timezone

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