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Rhodes To Celebrate 400 Years of the King James Bible

Publication Date: 11/1/2011

From Nov. 9–13, Rhodes College will host an exciting series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, published in 1611. An exhibit from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a concert by a New York-based early music ensemble, and an international symposium will all reflect upon the making and legacy of this landmark translation. These events are free and open to the public.

Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Rhodes’ Barret Library will display “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.” Rhodes College is one of only 40 sites nationwide, and the only site in Memphis, to host this traveling exhibition for libraries, which was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas, to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m. at The University of Memphis (University Center), Robert Alter (University of California, Berkeley) will deliver the keynote lecture on “The King James Bible and the Question of Eloquence.” Alter’s visit will be co-sponsored by the Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture of The University of Memphis Department of English, the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, Christian Brothers University, the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy at Rhodes College, and the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts, with a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

On Friday, Nov. 11, 1-5 p.m. at Rhodes College (Blount Auditorium), symposium speakers will include Brian Cummings (Sussex), Hannibal Hamlin (Ohio State University), Ena Heller (Museum of Biblical Art), Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster), and Vincent Wimbush (Claremont Graduate University), with a response by Robert Alter. Their visits will be co-sponsored by Rhodes College programs in African American Studies, Art, History, Religious Studies, Search, and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m. (Hardie Auditorium), the consort of viols Parthenia will perform an early music recital, sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes

For more information about these events, contact Dr. Scott L. Newstok at newstoks@rhodes.edu or visit the http://www.rhodes.edu/1611.



Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. 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.

Tags: Events, Lectures


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