An English Scholar Under a (Volcanic) Cloud

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Lucas Jackson, Reuters

As the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano eased on Wednesday, academics stuck in Britain were making plans to return home.

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Lucas Jackson, Reuters

As the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano eased on Wednesday, academics stuck in Britain were making plans to return home.

Joseph Bristow has been stranded in Ireland since a volcanic ash cloud halted air travel in Britain. Mr. Bristow, a professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles, went to Ireland for a conference and to meet with researchers there. Then, last week, the now-infamous volcano in Iceland erupted. Mr. Bristow stopped to talk to The Chronicle by cellphone Wednesday while visiting a cathedral in Galway.

Q. How long have you been in Ireland, and when