Scholars Present “Othello” in FDU’s Annual Shakespeare Colloquium

MADISON, NJ (September 28, 2011) –Fairleigh Dickinson University will host its annual Shakespeare Colloquium on Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.  at the College at Florham in room S-11 in the Science Building. This year’s free seminar and workshop will focus on Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello.” All New Jersey teachers who participate are eligible for Professional Development Credits.

Speakers will be Allison Deutermann of Baruch College, CUNY; Ian Smith of Lafayette College; Jeffery Alan Triggs of Rutgers University and Eric Johnson-DeBaufre of Drew University.

Allison Deutermann will discuss the significance of the character Iago’s refusal to speak at the end of the play in terms of Renaissance ideas on confession.  Ian Smith’s presentation, “Race, Comedy, and Othello,” will examine the role of racism in creating social harmony for an exclusive majority in “Othello.”  Eric Johnson-DeBaufre will discuss ideas of friendship in Shakespeare’s day, in connection with “Othello.” The colloquium will conclude with Jeffery A. Trigg’s comparison of Shakespeare’s play to Giuseppe Verdi’s brilliant operatic version, “Otello.” 

The colloquium is supported by Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Columbia University Seminars office, and individual donations. Organizer and project director is Harry Keyishian. For further information, or to register, please call 973-443-8711 or email Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

For Immediate Release

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Dina Schipper
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Melissa Payton

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