Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014-15 Events: A Provisional Calendar

FOR A COMPLETE CALENDAR THAT REFLECTS CHANGES AND ADDITIONS THIS BLOG POST DOES NOT: 
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The first big MEMSI event of the year is the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Annual Lecture with Rebecca Bushnell, president of the Shakespeare Association of America. The talk is at 3 pm on Friday September 5 in Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus (free shuttle from multiple campus locations). Followed by a reception.

Also this year:

[October 24-25: Don't miss Knowing Nature at UMD College Park!]

November 14: Monstrous Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Library 7th floor, 3 PM. The symposium will be preceded by a lunchtime seminar with work circulated in advance. More information shortly
  1. Monstrous Knowledge in Early Modern France: the Case of Hermaphrodites (Kathleen Perry Long, Romance Studies, Cornell University)
  2. Monstrous Knowledge in Medieval England: The Case of Race (Asa Simon Mittman, Art and Art History, California State University, Chico)
  3. Monstrous Knowledge in the Age of Exploration: The Case of 'Imaginary' Monsters (Surekha Davies, History, Western Connecticut State University)

Dec 5: Bruce Holsinger reads from his celebrated historical fiction A Burnable Book

Feb. 13: Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania, visiting scholar


March 20: Symposium on "Transition, Scale and Catastrophe" with Stacy Alaimo, Stephanie LeMenager, Steve Mentz, Karl Steel and more. 
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Library 7th floor

April 9-10: "Entangled Trajectories: Integrating European and Native American Histories" at GW and the Library of Congress.
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We will also have a few more events along the way, including a works in progress breakfast series. Stay tuned to the blog!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rebecca Bushnell to Deliver Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Annual Lecture Sept. 5

The English Department is pleased to announce one of the very first events of the new academic year.  On Friday, September 5, at 3:00 PM, Professor Rebecca Bushnell will deliver the Dean's Scholars' in Shakespeare Annual Lecture.  The Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program is directed by Professor Holly Dugan.  This lecture will take place in the Academic Building (Post Hall) of GW's Mount Vernon Campus.

Professor Rebecca Bushnell is the President of the Shakespeare Association of America and professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books, including Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens (Cornell University Press, 2003) and Tragedy: A Short Introduction (Blackwell, 2005) and the editor of Companion to Tragedy (Blackwell, 2005)

Professor Rebecca Bushnell


Her talk is entitled  “What ist’ o’clock?”: Comic and Tragic Temporality in Shakespeare.

How do characters and audience experience time in Shakespeare's plays and why does it matter? This lecture will pursue a general theory of comic and tragic time in performance, in The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. The Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Annual Lecture is designed for a broad audience.  It is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by a reception. 

Information on the free shuttle between Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campus can be accessed here.

A Companion to Tragedy
Edited by Rebecca Bushnell

Part of the purpose of this event is to welcome the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare to GW.  Students in this two-year, 16-credit program will be residing in Cole Hall and taking courses on Mount Vernon.


The Shakespeare Annual Lecture series features distinguished Shakespearean scholars each year and brings cutting-edge work to GW's campus.

(cross posted from the GW English Blog)