This year’s "Greening of the U" takes place Tuesday, March 10, and everyone with an Irish heart in Albuquerque is invited to participate.

The Greening will see the traditionally red-illuminated sculpture outside Hodgin Hall emblazoned in glorious green to commemorate the St. Patrick’s Day season at UNM. The occasion will be documented with a photograph of the attendees and shared with the Irish community worldwide. 

Attendees are advised to arrive at 6:15 p.m. and plan to stay for about 30 minutes. There is paid parking in the vicinity. The nearest parking meters are at Hodgin Hall and the Communication and Journalism building and at the Central United Methodist Church, a short walk from the crosswalk at the corner of University and Central.  

The event is sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association.

The UNM English Department and the Irish Studies Program will also host a public lecture this month by award-winning Irish poet, professor, and the recipient of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Paul Muldoon. Muldoon will deliver the third annual Mary Power Lecture in Irish Studies on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the George Pearl Hall Auditorium, located on UNM Main Campus.

In addition, he will conduct workshops and master classes for students and faculty during his weeklong residency on campus. Muldoon will be joined by Dr. Julia Obert, associate professor of English at the University of Wyoming and an expert in contemporary Irish poetry. 

The annual lecture honors Professor Emerita Mary Power, who taught Irish literature at UNM from 1969 to 2011 and who remains an avid supporter of the Irish Studies Program. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the UNM Irish Studies website.