Weekly reading groups engage in unhurried, close reading of Finnegans Wake every Monday from 3:00-4:30 and Ulysses every Tuesday from 5:30-7:00. On Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30, a devoted band of readers from all walks of life subjects a small passage of Finnegans Wake to intense scrutiny and animated discussion. In addition, the early group on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00, which has read through Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, Homer’s Odyssey, and Ovid’s Metamorphosis, is currently reading Ulysses. Everyone is welcome to join these reading groups at any time.
Fritz Senn, the Director of the Foundation, regularly conducts colloquia and seminars on Joyce for the English Seminar, University of Zurich as part of the university curriculum. Click on Events for current courses and times.
The Foundation invites visiting or itinerant Joyce scholars, writers, artists etc. to present their findings or insights in the so-called “Strauhof Lecture” (named after our building); these lectures are meant to be informal and addressed to our usually mixed audiences.
Lecturers in past years have included:
Bonny Kime Scott, Marilyn Reizbaum, Richard Brown, Robert Anton Wilson, Jörg Drews, John Paul Riquelme, Katie Wales, Mary Power, Donal Brennan, Brenda Maddox, Shari and Bernard Benstock, Beryl Schlossman, Friedhelm Rathjen, Thomas Rice, Derek Attridge, Richard Pearce, John Bishop, Theresa O’Connor, Alistair McCleery, Maria Tymoczko, Laurent Milesi, Joseph Schork, Lucia Boldrini, Michael and Paula Gillespie, Dan Schiff, Susan Rodstein, Ulrich Schneider, Jacques Aubert, Brandon Kershner, Christy Burns, Peter de Voogd, John McCourt, Ron Ewart, David Hayman, Michael O’Shea, Susan Bazargan.
And poets such as Gerry Dawe, Michael Longley, Bernard O’Donoghue, and the writers Joseph O’Connor, Val Mulkerns, and John Banville have read to audiences at the Foundation.