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.
Mark your calendars for:
• a screening of Romeo and Juliet in Harlem, November 1, 2014 at Indie Memphis Film Festival (9:45pm, Hattiloo Theatre; reception 9:00pm). Director Aleta Chappelle and actor Harry Lennix have been invited to attend the screening. Co-sponsored by the Rhodes Africana Studies Program, Rhodes Office of Multicultural Affairs, Rhodes Film Studies, CODA, and the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Memphis.
• a lecture on Shakespeare′s birthday, April 23, 2015: John Guillory (NYU) will discuss "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities" (7pm, Blount). Guillory will reflect upon Erwin Panofsky′s use of the terms ′monument′ and ′document′ to describe the works of art studied by the art historian or critic, and on the utility of these terms in describing the object of study across humanities disciplines generally. Guillory is best known for his book Cultural Capital (1993), which applied Bourdieu′s sociology of aesthetics to clarify debates about canon formation in literary studies. More recently, he published a widely-discussed essay on the genesis of the concept of "media," a series of philological annotations from the early modern era to the present. Co-sponsored by English, Art, and the Search Program.
"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