The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0287 Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Date: June 10, 2013 3:20:58 PM EDT
Subject: “The Past and Future of the Book” Symposium, Memphis
“The Past and Future of the Book” Symposium
On October 10-11, 2013, the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College will host a free public symposium on “The Past and Future of the Book”:
Invited speakers include Robert Darnton (Harvard University), Lukas Erne (University of Geneva), and Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library).
Co-sponsored by the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis, and the Rhodes College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
ABOUT THE PEARCE SHAKESPEARE ENDOWMENT
Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes College enjoys an unusually wide range of Shakespeare-related resources. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus as well as the greater Memphis community. Dr. Pearce attended Rhodes College in the 1940s, when it was named Southwestern at Memphis, before graduating from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she joined the women’s corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). As a medical student, she followed a long-established path in her family, where four generations of physicians preceded her. Yet she was also breaking new ground as a woman: she was one of only two female students in her University of Tennessee class; she served as the first female internal medicine resident at John Gaston Hospital (The Med); and she eventually became the director of the City of Memphis Hospitals while serving as a professor at the University of Tennessee. Her bequest generously continues to support her lifelong enthusiasm for Shakespeare. The late professor of Shakespeare studies at Rhodes, Dr. Cynthia Marshall, was instrumental in establishing preliminary planning for this bequest.