Speakers: Michael and Graínne Yeats
Michael and Graínne Yeats
Distinguished British and Irish Studies Series
Senator Michael Yeats (August 22, 1921-January 3, 2007), was the son of world-famous poet William Butler Yeats. Senator Yeats was a lawyer and economist by training before he served for a number of years in the Irish Senate. Upon Ireland’s entry into the European Union, he achieved an international reputation as a Vice-President of the European (Common Market) Parliament for Economic Affairs. In 1980, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Florida State University. His lectures on political and cultural topics have been delivered to universities and colleges throughout the United States.
Senator Yeats’s wife is one of the most distinguished of present-day Irish harpists. Soprano Graínne Yeats’s solo international concerts have entertained audiences in India, Russia, Japan, and the United States.
Michael and Graínne Yeats were the first to take part in Clemson’s interdisciplinary Distinguished British and Irish Studies Series, lecturing, performing, and meeting classes from February 14 to 16, 1993.
View Wayne Chapman's prefatory remarks to the Yeatses' presentation (PDF format, c. 100K).