Shakespeare at Rhodes

Thanks to a generous bequest from the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes enjoys a range of Shakespeare-related resources unique among American liberal arts colleges. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus.

Funds generated by Dr. Pearce’s gift aid Shakespeare studies through lectures by visiting scholars; conferences and symposia; support for research; productions of plays; periods of residence by performing artists; and other innovative programming to enhance Shakespeare at Rhodes and in the greater Memphis community. Key institutional partnerships have helped bring these events to a wide range of audiences.

October 26—28, 2017 (8pm, Ewing Studio): SHAKESPEARE'S WOMEN, staged reading directed by Rhodes alumna Leslie Reddick ’82

November 2, 2017 (7pm, Hardie): Phi Beta Kappa lecture on Shakespeare and Race by Ayanna Thompson (George Washington), co-sponsored by Phi Beta KappaAfricana Studies, English, Theatre

March 2, 2018: SONNET CONTEST! Shelby County students are invited to submit their original composition for Rhodes College's inaugural Sonnet Contest, sponsored by the Department of English's Creative Writing Program and the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment. Winners will receive a prize book and have their poem published in Rhodes' literary magazine, The Southwestern Review. Rhodes English Professors will select the top sonnet in two categories: Shakespearean sonnet (14 lines of iambic pentameter with an ABABCDCDEFEFGG rhyme scheme), and non-Shakespearean sonnet (where the only constraint will be 14 lines). Sonnet submissions must include name, age, school or home school, grade, and contact information, and must be e-mailed by Friday, March 2, 2018 to Lorie Yearwood.

March 15, 2018 (7pm, Blount): Lecture on Islandology by Marc Shell (Harvard University), co-sponsored by English, Environmental Studies & Sciences, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Economy, and the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy

"The Pearce Endowment provides a wonderful set of resources for Shakespeare studies at Rhodes. The events that it supports both on and off campus bring together world-class scholars and performers to speak to each other and, even more importantly, to students. Because these lectures, symposia, and performances are integrated with ongoing coursework, Rhodes students have the opportunity to think about Shakespeare — and their own work — beyond the boundaries of the classroom." — Andrew Miller, ′11