Past Events


Illus: Shakespeare in color

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 reflected 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. Co-sponsored by English, Art, and the Search Program. Guillory  also discussed his pre-circulated paper on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (3:30pm, Palmer 203).

November 1, 2014: Regional premiere of Romeo and Juliet in Harlem at Indie Memphis Film Festival (9:45pm, Hattiloo Theatre; reception 9:00pm), with director Aleta Chappelle and actor Harry Lennix. 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.

March 27, 2014: Phi Beta Kappa lecture by Marjorie Garber: "Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities." Interview in Chapter 16; Memphis Flyer "Shakespeare Our Contemporary"; "Occupied Shakespeare." Co-sponsored by the Rhodes College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; the Department of English; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Greek & Roman Studies; the Search Program; and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities.

November 2, 2013: Regional premiere of H4 at the Indie Memphis film festival (Playhouse on the Square). H4 is the first black Shakespeare film, transporting the Henry IV plays to contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the African American  community. Actor/producer Harry Lennix and scholar/screenwriter Dr. Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University) attended the screening as well as engaged in an informal discussion with Rhodes students, faculty, and staff (3:30pm, Rhea Lounge). Interviews with Lennix:; Ferdy on Films; JET. Reviews: Show Biz Chicago; Antagony & Ecstasy; Memphis Flyer; The Bloodshot Eye.

October 10–11, 2013: "The Past and Future of the Book" symposium on the latest developments in book history as well as innovative digital approaches to interpreting Shakespeare. Lukas Erne discussed "Disseminating Printed Shakespeare in Early Modern England”; Michael Witmore addressed "Writing Literary and Cultural History at the Level of the Sentence”; Robert Darnton responded to these presentations, and engaged in a roundtable discussion with Erne and Witmore. Darnton also lectured at the University of Memphis: "Digitize and Democratize: Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future".Facebook event page; Flyer interview; Counterpoint interview; Smart City Memphis ; Intermission Impossible; Commercial Appeal; event poster (pdf).

April 12–13, 18–21, 2013: Production of As You Like It, with the return of visiting director Nick Hutchison. Interview with the director; review in the The Memphis Flyer; view photos. This production garnered nine Ostrander nominations for most outstanding college drama, winning awards for Supporting Actress in a Drama (Madison Tallant) and Supporting Actor in a Drama (Stephen Brown).

October 5,  2012: Symposium on "Global Hamlets," with Alex Huang, Nick Hutchison, Margaret Litvin, and David Schalkwyk. Media: poster (PDF); lobby placard (PDF); Smart City Memphis; Memphis Flyer; WKNO interview.

November 10-11, 2011: Symposium on "The King James Bible′s 400th Anniversary," with Robert Alter, Hannibal Hamlin, Ena Heller, Naomi Tadmor, and Vincent Wimbush. Media: flyer; poster; schedule; facebook page; Chapter 16 interview with Alter; Counterpoint interview with Alter; Commercial Appeal review of Alter′s book; Memphis Flyer interview with Alter; Daily Helmsman article on symposium; Faith in Memphis entry on "Manifold Greatness" exhibit; Manifold Greatness blog entry and follow up; The Bible and Interpretation blog.

April 1-2, 14-17, 2011: Production of Twelfth Night, in celebration of the McCoy Theatre′s 30th anniversary season, with visiting director Nick Hutchison. Review in The Memphis Flyer; this production garnered eight Ostrander nominations for most outstanding college drama, winning awards for Leading Actress (Kilby Hodges), Leading Actor (Stephen Brown), and Supporting Actor (Donald Jellerson).

January 23, 2011: Panel discussion of the history and practice of adapting Shakespeare′s works to music, with Rhodes professors Donald Jellerson (English) and Vanessa Rogers (Music). Presented in conjunction with Opera Memphis′ production of a new musical version of A Midsummer Night′s Dream (Playhouse on the Square).

March 26, 2010: Symposium on "Green Shakespeare: Environmental Studies and the Bard," with a keynote lecture by Robert Watson was followed by a roundtable discusion on the "state of the field" with Dan Brayton, Simon Estok, Sharon O′Dair, Karen Raber, and Robert Watson. Co-sponsored by the Rhodes College Environmental Program, with additional support from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) and the Rhodes College Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA). Press release; newspaper article; Memphis Flyer recommendation; Smart City blog posting; Counterpoint radio program; Watson′s lecture handout

October 20, 2009: Concert: Music of Shakespeare′s England, performed by The City Musick.

April 24, 2009: Lectures on The Taming of the Shrew by Dympna Callaghan and Leah Marcus, co-sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

October 3, 2008: Lecture on As You Like It by Paul Kottman, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and by CODA.

January 25, 2008: Symposium on Macbeth, “Shakespeare in Color” (PDF), with Aleta Chappelle, Wallace Cheatham, Peter Erickson, Harry Lennix, Marguerite Rippy, Amy Scott-Douglass, and Ayanna Thompson. Co-sponsored by CODA, the African American Studies program, and the Departments of English and Theatre. This event was held in conjunction with the production of the play at Hattiloo Theatre, directed by Professor Cookie Ewing, and Verdi′s Macbett by Opera Memphis. Lectures from the symposium (by Wallace Cheatham, Peter Erickson, Harry Lennix, Marguerite Rippy, Amy Scott-Douglass, and Ayanna Thompson) have been published in an expanded collection of essays, Weyward Macbeth.