in the New York Supreme Court Building
Friday, June 15, 2012 (noon-2 p.m.)
New York Supreme Court Building
60 Centre Street
New York, NY
James Joyce did not just give us one of the greatest works of world literature, Ulysses, celebrated worldwide on the day it memorialized, June 16, 2012. He also gave us a landmark ruling in U.S. First Amendment jurisprudence. This year, the Irish American Bar Association of New York holds its fourth annual Bloomsday celebration on June 15, 2012 (one day before the actual Bloomsday), celebrating Joyce’s contribution to the principle of free speech. Keynote speaker, the Hon. Adrian Hardiman, Justice of the Irish Supreme Court, will deliver the John Quinn Memorial Address, named after the famed Irish-American lawyer who represented Joyce’s publishers in their criminal prosecution for obscenity. His address will be followed by a re-enactment of the 1921 trial in which the publishers were convicted and fined $50 each.
The event also features readings from Ulysses. This event has been over-subscribed in its first three years, and is one of the most unique and memorable Bloomsday celebrations you will experience.
This event is free. Please RSVP to Domhnall O'Cathain: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paris, 1923. Ford Madox Ford, publisher of the transatlantic review; James Joyce; Ezra Pound; and John Quinn, the New York lawyer who defended the Little Review when they were prosecuted for publishing Ulysses in 1921.
Photo: John Quinn Memorial Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, The New York Public Library.