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March 14, 2012


The University of Montana’s College of Arts and Sciences wants students to study abroad this summer in Dublin, Ireland, as part of a course focused on the biological basis of language, language evolution and their connection to neuroscience.

Titled “Brain, Mind and the Literary Imagination,” the three-credit course will be taught by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christopher Comer in addition to professors from Trinity, University College Dublin and St. Patrick’s College. The course runs from May 24 to June 9.

Students will investigate how information about the brain and cognition can lead to an understanding of literary creativity and the appreciation of literary work. Practicing writers and critics will lead discussions. Students can take advantage of Dublin’s abundant resources, including the National Theatre, museums and galleries.

Prior knowledge of neuroscience is not required. Students need to apply to the program and attend several orientation meetings in March and April.

The course costs approximately $2,100, which includes on-site tuition in Dublin, housing, on-site orientation and a farewell dinner. Airfare is not included and must be arranged by the student. Comer can help find affordable airfare and will provide most course materials.

Interested students should apply by the end of March through the UM Study Abroad Office or directly to Comer. For more information, email Comer at





Contact: Traolach O’Riordain, UM Irish Studies program director, 406-243-6359, .