20th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium

MADISON, NJ (September 27, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University will host its annual Shakespeare Colloquium on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College at Florham in Malcolm Sturchio Hall (room S-11) in the Science Building. This year’s colloquium will feature four distinguished speakers who will explore Shakespeare’s plays on English history, ranging from Edward III to Richard III. 

Speakers include Professors Jean E. Howard (Columbia University), Vimala C. Pasupathi (Hofstra University), Phyllis Rackin (University of Pennsylvania, Emeritus), and Thomas Pendleton (Iona College). The colloquiums are coordinated by Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and supported by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare.   

Howard’s topic is “Women and the Story of the Nation in ‘The Reign of King Edward III.’”  She will discuss why many scholars now believe that Shakespeare wrote the play, and the central roles of women in shaping English history. Pasupathi’s presentation, “For Love or Money? Shakespeare’s Mercenary Scots,” deals with the role of mercenary soldiers in the history plays and the challenge mercenaries present to traditional monarchy. 

In the afternoon session, Rackin will discuss “Conscience and Complicity in Richard III,” showing how the play’s theatrical power depends on dramatizing the villain’s charming ways. Pendleton will demonstrate aspects of Shakespeare’s technique by screening scenes from several productions of Richard II.

These programs are free and open to the public, and New Jersey teachers are eligible to receive professional development hours for their participation. The colloquium is supported by Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Columbia University Seminars office, and individual donations. Organizer and project director for the colloquiums is Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus of English. 

For further information, or to register please call 973-443-8711 or email Dr. Harry Keyishian at harrykeyishian@gmail.com. Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

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