Our fall exhibit will be accompanied by a symposium featuring papers by leading scholars from Ireland and the United States on medieval Irish metalwork and manuscripts. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s Knight Auditorium. The symposium will consist of nine papers in three sessions, with a respondent for each session. The first session will deal with the artifacts’ immediate institutional and broader cultural contexts. The second and third sessions will focus respectively on the metalwork reproductions and the manuscript facsimiles in relation to their “originals” in their dual medieval and modern historical contexts, and how they assert a continuity of Irish cultural heritage and national identity transcending centuries of conquest, rupture, and redefinition.