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.
Rhodes will observe the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s 1616 death with fascinating events that consider Shakespeare from the stage, screen, and history of the liberal arts.
October 19, 2015 (5:30-7:30pm, Meeman Center): Nick Hutchison is offering a special one-night Meeman Center course on Shakespeare’s late great comedy, The Two Noble Kinsmen. This is a rare chance to explore an unfamiliar play with an acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare.
"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