We are thrilled to introduce a new faculty-led Alumni Travel Program to Ireland in May 2019.

Our program allows alumni to travel across beautiful Ireland and relive the excitement of their college days, minus the homework! Along the way, faculty leaders will offer fun, informative mini-lectures that will introduce alumni to the sites they will visit.

Travel with experts on Irish history and culture, as we introduce you to both popular destinations and hidden gems off the beaten path.

Alumni will travel alongside current UNM study abroad students and will share in some joint excursions, all the while enjoying alumni-only activities and accommodation at guest houses, lodges, and 3- and 4-star hotels.

(The program is open to non-alumni, too!)

Download the itinerary here, and sign up here (you will need to create a free account to access the application page).

***The deadline of March 22 has passed. However if you are still interested in the program, we still may be able to add you. Please contact us to inquire!***

Payment schedule:

March 22: deposit due to Learn International to reserve your space
        €505 for 9-day trip
        €592.50 for 13-day trip
        Pay online here. Please include “UNM Alumni Program” in the Order Notes section.

April 15: balance due — payment will be split between Learn International and UNM Irish Studies (details to follow).

Questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions (updated 3/16/19) or email us:

Caleb Richardson (cwr@unm.edu)
Sarah Townsend (sltownse@unm.edu)

UNM - Imagining Ireland Alumni
Meet the Faculty:

cwrCaleb Richardson (PhD Stanford) is Assistant Professor of History at UNM, where he specializes in Irish, British, and diasporic history. He is Past President of the American Conference for Irish Studies-West and co-founder of the UNM Irish Studies Program.

townsend-sarahSarah Townsend (PhD UC Berkeley) is Assistant Professor of English at UNM, where she specializes in contemporary Irish fiction, drama, and world literature. She is President of the American Conference for Irish Studies-West and co-founder of the UNM Irish Studies Program.

miriamMiriam Mara (PhD UNM) is Associate Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and a proud Lobo Alumna. She is an expert in contemporary Irish literature and culture and served as a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar in Kenya.

MaraFacultyPicAndrew Mara (PhD UNM) is Associate Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University and a proud Lobo Alumnus. An expert in technical writing, user experience, and Irish heritage tourism, he also served as an academic consultant for the University of Limerick.

Why travel with us?

Our program combines the enjoyment and ease of group travel with the intellectual excitement of traveling with professors of Irish history, literature, and culture. Organized by faculty who have traveled and conducted extensive research in Ireland, the program will take you to some popular destinations but also to hidden gems off the beaten path. Some features that distinguish our program from typical tours include:

  • Intellectual enrichment. Enjoy impromptu lessons as well as mini-lectures over happy hour drinks and appetizers, where our faculty will present fun and accessible introductions to the sites we will visit. Also take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your experiences with scholars who know and love Ireland.
  • Optional reading & learning. Prepare for your trip with an optional “recommended reading and viewing” list tailored to the program, curated by faculty experts.
  • Regional variety. This program takes a regional approach to travel. Through our lectures and excursions, we will highlight what distinguishes different regions of the island. See the major tourist sites while also gaining a broader context for the variety of regions that make up the country of Ireland.
  • Cost savings. Our program costs considerably less than most tours, especially when you factor in all the activities included. We focus on delivering comfort at an affordable price. What we lack in luxury (there will no 5-star castle accommodations in our program), we gain in affordability and quality of excursions and instruction. When we faculty organizers travel, we prefer to stay in modest, comfortable accommodations and to spend our money on experiences. We designed this program for people with similar priorities!
  • Longer stays in each locale. Unlike many tours that move on to a different locale each day, we stay in each location for several nights, which allows you to settle in and get to know the area. By establishing several “home bases” and taking day trips, we ensure that you see all the sights without having to pack your suitcase every morning.