To honor the important contributions of Robert and Rebecca Tracy to Irish studies in the Bay Area, we are delighted to announce the establishment of the Tracy Lecture Series, aimed at bringing distinguished scholars of Irish literature and culture to the Berkeley campus.
Please join us in our effort to endow this annual lecture series by making a donation today. Visit our giving page and select "Irish Studies Program Fund" from the drop-down menu.
About Robert and Rebecca Tracy
Robert Tracy is Professor Emeritus of English and Celtic Studies at UC Berkeley. He graduated from Boston College in 1950, received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard, joined the Berkeley faculty in 1960, and has been Visiting Professor of American Literature at Leeds University, of Slavic Studies at Wellesley College, and of Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also served as Co-Director of the University of California Dickens Project. His publications include a study of Anthony Trollope’s novels; many articles about Dickens and on Irish topics; editions of works by Synge, Trollope, Flann O’Brien, and Le Fanu; Stone, eighty poems of Osip Mandelstam translated from the Russian; and The Unappeasable Host: Studies in Irish Identities (1998). He is a founding member, with colleagues Brendan O Hehir, Eve Sweetser and Dan Melia, of the UC Celtic Studies Program and, in l985, of ACIS West (American Committee for Irish Studies), with Professors James Walsh, Audrey Eiler, and Don Jordan. He is a member of the Bay Area Irish Literary and Historical Society, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, and the Dickens Society. In all of these enterprises, Becky has been supporter, editor, research assistant, and critic. Her own theories about the importance of PLAY in education have enriched Robert's approaches to Dickens, Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon and Nuala Ni Domhnaill.
Rebecca Tracy graduated from Radcliffe College (now Harvard) in 1956 with an AB in History and Literature, and from Sonoma State University in 1978 with an MA in Early Childhood Education. After a period of advocating in the 1960s with the City of Berkeley for increased child care services, she worked (1971-98) at UC Berkeley as a site director/Head Teacher for the University Child Care Program (now the Early Childhood Education Program), which provides full-day care for infants and preschool children of University students, faculty and staff. At the Harold Jones Child Study Center lab school (1989-98), she was additionally responsible for incorporating the research requirements of UC students of child development and education. After retiring in 1998 she worked for 10 more years evaluating and mentoring child care programs in Alameda County. In Ireland (Dublin, 1972) she organized classroom space and taught young children of the Travelling community. Publications include articles in the national journals Young Children and Early Education and Development. She currently serves on the Board of the Irish Literary and Historical Society and on the Advisory Committee to the University Early Childhood Education Program, and she sings with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra.