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.
"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
October 4, 2019 (noon-2pm, Hyde Hall, Catherine Burrow Refectory)
The Art of the Sonnet — discussion with Stephanie Burt
Burt is a poet, scholar, and critic. Co-sponsored by Rhodes College Creative Writing and the University of Memphis Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture Series.
Lunch provided; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
October 21, 2019 (7:30pm, McNeill Concert Hall, free admission)
Luna Nova Music presents An Evening of Music and Shakespeare
Featuring music by Claude Debussy, Juan Maria Solare, John Dowland, G. P. Telemann, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold, performed by Daniel Gilbert, violin, Kelly Hermann, flute, Ben Minden-Birkemaier, guitar, Brian Ray, piano, and Paul Murray, baritone
lunanova.org – 901-493-0958
November 16, 2019 (7:30am-5:00pm, English Commons, 312 Southwestern Hall)
Marathon reading of “Paradise Lost”
Join the “fit audience . . . though few” who have read Paradise Lost. We commence early (7:30am) with coffee and pastries for your eager appetite, break for noontide repast (a.k.a. pizza), rashly eat fair enticing fruit around 3pm, and take our solitary way after 5pm.
Drop by for just a few lines, or stay for all 10,565!
February 15 – March 6, 2020
Residency with visiting artist Nick Hutchison
Nick Hutchison is a director, actor, and lecturer. His work covers television, film, theatre, voice-over, and radio, working for the BBC, ITV, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe.
As with past residencies, Nick is available for class visits and workshops.
April 23-24, 2020
Law and Literature Symposium
This free public symposium convenes scholars of early modern law and literature, working primarily but not exclusively in the field of English. Invited speakers will take into account questions of form and content, both legal and literary; temporalities and periodization; space, mobility, and motion; and slavery, personhood, and the laws of property. Lorna Hutson (Oxford University) will deliver the keynote on April 23, followed by a pedagogy workshop and panel presentations on April 24 by Penelope Anderson (Indiana University); Alison Chapman (University of Alabama—Birmingham); Stephanie Elsky (Rhodes College); Bernadette Meyler (Stanford University); and Cassander Smith (University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa). The symposium will conclude with Rhodes Theatre’s production of Qualities of Mercy: Scenes of Law & Justice on the Shakespearean Stage. Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.