Upcoming Events


2014–15 Memphis-area events:

November 1, 2014: 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.

April 23, 2015: Shakespeare′s Birthday Lecture by John Guillory (NYU), who will discuss "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities" (6pm, 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 annotation from the early modern era to the present. Co-sponsored by English, Art, and the Search Program.

Guillory will also discuss his pre-circulated paper on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (3:30pm, Palmer 203); please email Scott Newstok to receive a copy of the essay.

September 24: "Secrets of the Dead: Resurrecting Richard III," WKNO (9pm)

October 30–November 1: Richard III, Tennessee Shakespeare Company (GPAC)

December 11–21: Twelfth Night, Tennessee Shakespeare Company (Dixon Gallery & Gardens)

December 13: Shakesbeer fundraiser for Threepenny Theatre (Memphis Made Brewing Company)

February 19–28: Macbeth, University of Memphis

February 23: Shakespeare Monologue Competition, sponsered by the English-Speaking Union (7:00pm, Memphis University School)

February 26: UA-Tuscaloosa: Adam Sexton, “Textual Adaptation and Shakespeare: The Manga Editions” (5pm, Morgan 301). Contact: Sharon O’Dair (sodair@bama.ua.edu)

March 1: UA-Tuscaloosa: ASC on Tour Hamlet(7:30pm, Morgan Hall Auditorium). Contact: Sharon O’Dair <sodair@bama.ua.edu
March 6: Mendelssohn′s A Midsummer Night′s Dream, Memphis Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm, Lindenwood Christian Church)

March 29: UA-Tuscaloosa: Eric Johnson, “A Tour of the Folgersphere: The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Architecture” (5pm, Morgan 301). Contact: Sharon O’Dair <sodair@bama.ua.edu>

March 30: UA-Tuscaloosa: Mark Algee-Hewitt, “The Disorder of Discourse: Digital Models for an Aesthetic Literary Theory” (5pm, Morgan 301). Contact: Sharon O’Dair <sodair@bama.ua.edu>

April 10–11: University of the South: Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. Contact: Dr. Matthew W. Irvin <medievalcolloquium@sewanee.edu>

April 15: University of Arkansas: Peter Lake (TBA). Contact: Joseph Candido <candido@uark.edu>

April 16: University of Mississippi: Ania Loomba, “Is the Early in Early Modern the same as Early in Early Colonial?”  (7pm, Bondurant Auditorium). Contact: Karen Raber <kraber@olemiss.edu>

April 17–18: Marlowe′s Dido, Queen of Carthage, Threepenny Theatre (Playhouse on the Square), part of the Midtown Opera Festival

April 24: Rhodes College: Mid-South Early Modern Working Group (9:30am-noon, Rhodes College, Barret Library 0-30), discussing pre-circulated work-in-progress. RSVP to Debapriya Sarkar <Sarkar@hendrix.edu> if you are interested in meeting or workshopping in the future, even if you can’t attend this session.

May 5–31: Kiss Me, Kate, Playhouse on the Square

June 4–21: A Midsummer Night′s Dream, Tennessee Shakespeare Company (University of Memphis)

June 19–July 5: Othello, Threepenny Theatre (TheatreWorks)

July 6–August 15: "′And there’s the humor of it′: Shakespeare and the four humors," exhibit at the UT Health Sciences Library


The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment greatly enhanced my education at Rhodes. I had the extraordinary opportunity to engage with scholars whose work we read in our Shakespeare courses.  Presentations by leading thinkers sparked intriguing class discussions, and inspired students about the latest intellectual developments.  The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment engages in Rhodes′ tradition of academic discussions that continue far beyond the classroom. – Samantha Smith ′14