MV Dialog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.388  Monday, 31 August 2015

 

From:        Jim Carroll <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 29, 2015 at 8:22:11 AM EDT

Subject:    Re: MV Dialog

 

Pervez, thanks for pointing out the error in my calculation. I should know better than to do arithmetic when I’m tired at the end of the day. The Chebyshev inequality is easy to calculate, as long as you are paying attention.

 

The Chebyshev inequality works like this: 

 

The probability P that a value (X - mean) is greater than or equal to k is less than or equal to the standard deviation squared divided by k squared. 

 

In our case, the mean is ~29, X is 38, and 38-29 = 9 = k. The standard deviation is ~5.4. So the probability that a value of 38 or greater would be found in such a distribution is less than or equal to (5.4^2)/(9^2) or 29.16/81 = 0.36 or 36%. This number is much higher than the 0.021 I had erroneously calculated earlier. 

 

The Chebyshev inequality is not a formula that you can use to calculate things with. It’s a law that probabilities obey.

 

Pervez, you’ve ruined your great put-down of my post with that comment!

 

 

Jim Carroll

 

Speeches of Female Characters

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.387  Monday, 31 August 2015

 

From:        Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 29, 2015 at 8:06:09 PM EDT

Subject:    Speeches of Female Characters

 

Colleagues, 

 

I’ve been asked recently what are the longest uninterrupted speeches by female characters in Shakespeare. I have not been able to find any statistics of this sort. From my scanning, it seems that Kate has the longest speech of any female characters in the comedies, Margaret in the histories, and Volumnia in the tragedies. By I am not sure of this is accurate, and I wouldn’t mind finding something like a top 10 list. Has anyone done this kind of chart before? 

 

Jack Heller

 

Announcement—Upcoming Publication—Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.386  Monday, 31 August 2015

 

From:        Evelyn Gajowski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 30, 2015 at 5:45:51 PM EDT

Subject:    Announcement—Upcoming Publication—Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

 

Dear Fellow SHAKSPER Members, 

 

I’m delighted to announce the upcoming publication of the first 3 titles in the Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series: 

 

  • Hawkes, David.  Shakespeare and Economic Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  24 Sept. 2015.  

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shakespeare-and-economic-theory-9781472576996/

 

  • Brown, Carolyn.  Shakespeare and Psychoanalytic Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  24 Sept. 2015.  

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/shakespeare-and-psychoanalytic-theory-9781474216135/

 

  • Egan, Gabriel.  Shakespeare and Ecocritical Theory.  Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series.  London: Arden Shakespeare/Bloomsbury.  22 Oct. 2015.   

 

http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/shakespeare-and-ecocritical-theory-9781441199300/ 

 

These titles are available for pre-order now.  If you would order them for your campus library and consider ordering them for your courses and yourselves, I would be grateful.    

 

All the best,

Evelyn Gajowski

 

Series Editor, Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series

 

Job Posting: Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.385  Monday, 31 August 2015

 

From:        Jennifer Drouin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 28, 2015 at 4:46:12 PM EDT

Subject:    Job Posting: Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

 

The Department of English within the College of Arts & Science at The University of Alabama seeks an established scholar, committed mentor, and dynamic administrator to serve as the Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. The privately endowed Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies promotes the study of early modern British literature and culture through fellowships, lecture series, symposia, seminars, and campus visits from both well-established and emerging scholars, critics, and theorists. Focused on the intellectual and professional development of graduate students, all members of the program are committed to teaching, mentoring, and otherwise fostering a community of future scholars. These efforts are led by the Strode Professor. For further information about the stimulating intellectual work and educational activities sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program, please visit our website at http://english.ua.edu/grad/strode.

 

The Hudson Strode Professor of English will serve as Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and is responsible for supervising the promotion and activities of the Program, including overseeing graduate recruitment, admissions, and academic success; awarding fellowships and scholarships; planning and leading Strode seminars; and organizing lectures and symposia. The Director is expected to work closely with other faculty members interested in the early modern period.

 

Applicants for this position should hold a PhD in English or closely related field. Professors and advanced Associate Professors are welcome to apply; all applicants should have a publication profile consistent with appointment as a tenured Professor of English at a research institution with an established doctoral program. Applicants’ prior accomplishments in research, teaching, and mentorship should establish them as recognizable authorities in Shakespeare studies and in the broader field of British Renaissance literature. Successful candidates will have a record of organizational acumen and administrative success. Desired start date is August 16, 2016.

 

Candidates for this position must visit the University of Alabama website at http://facultyjobs.ua.edu to initiate an application and upload materials. The online application will include the following documents: a letter of application that includes descriptions of research and publication profile, teaching and student mentoring experience, and administrative experience and approach; and a resume/curriculum vitae. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the chair of the search committee, Professor Albert Pionke, Dept. of English, Box 870244, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0244. Applications should be received by October 15, 2015. We expect to conduct preliminary conversations with select applicants via telephone or videoconference and final interviews on campus. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation.

 

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

 

 

 

MV Dialog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.384  Friday, 28 August 2015

 

From:        Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 27, 2015 at 2:23:42 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: MV Dialog

 

“The Chebyshev inequality is not a formula that you can use to calculate things with. It’s a law that probabilities obey.”

 

Damn!  All along I thought it was a Cold War spy novel.

 

 

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