MV Dialog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.276  Monday, 22 August 2016

 

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

Date:         August 21, 2016 at 11:42:50 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: MV Dialog

 

John:

 

I suppose that I do occasionally personalize my posts, but that may be inevitable. After all, I am expressing my own personal observations, opinions, and conclusions. I believe that they are correct and useful; otherwise I would not have posted them. No doubt the same goes for everyone who posts their observations, opinions, and conclusions on SHAKSPER. 

 

I do not understand what empirical evidence has to do with the analysis of a play, an analysis which by its very nature can be neither scientific nor technical.

 

For example: In support of my belief that the “Venice” of the play represents London on the Political/Religious/Current Events dimension of meaning, I cited a number of examples that related exclusively to English matters. John agreed that all of my examples were indeed English, but disagreed with my conclusion. He believes that Shakespeare included these English matters in order to make his English audiences more comfortable with the play’s Venetian setting. 

 

John is entitled to his belief, just as I am entitled to mine. Even though we agree on the same empirical evidence, we nevertheless disagree on the meaning of that evidence. I cannot claim that he is falsifying that evidence any more than he can claim that I am doing so.

 

We will be discussing usury, Shylock’s name, and his identity as The Devil in the near future. We will next be discussing Bassanio’s name and identity.

 

Please be patient.

 

Bill

 

[Editor’s Note: Bill, this note is not directed exclusively to you; it comes from approaching thirty years of editing and moderating this electronic conference. Bill Blanton makes a number of statements in the post above that have been stones over which I have tripped or surely paused in many, many submissions over the years. 

  1. Diction Point: One that gets every English teacher—if something is your “own personal observations”; then it is your “own observations.”—if it’s yours, it is personal. Enough said.
  2. Fox News Point: If we have learned ANYTHING from this presidential election cycle, just because something is YOUR OPINION does not make it a FACT or make it CORRECT.
  3. Beliefs Point: “John is entitled to his belief, just as I am entitled to mine.”: The Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary (formerly The Webster’s Third International) provides this definition for the verb entitle: “to give a right or legal title to : qualify (one) for something : furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something.” Yes, people are ENTITLED to their “beliefs, observations, opinions, and conclusions” but that does NOT make them correct.
  4. Evidence Point: Thank you for this Bill: “Even though we agree on the same empirical evidence, we nevertheless disagree on the meaning of that evidence. I cannot claim that he is falsifying that evidence any more than he can claim that I am doing so.” But I do think you have a problem with your focus here. EVIDENCE is the basis upon which interpretations are made. The quality and ultimately veracity of those interpretations depend on many things. Foremost upon these is the source of the interpretation. Her background, her reading, her depth of knowledge about the subject, her respect by her peers and colleagues, and so on. 

In short, just because it is your opinion does not make it right. —Hardy]

 

 

 

World Shakespeare Congress

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.275  Monday, 22 August 2016

 

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

Date:        Monday, August 22, 2016

Subject:   World Shakespeare Congress 

 

Dear Subscribers:

 

Many of us for one reason or another (I am healing nicely; thank you very much) could not attend the World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford and London, and we would very much appreciate anything anyone who attended would like to share: play reviews, plenary sessions, seminar sessions, workshops, Sir Stanley, facilities, side trips, food, drink, anything.  

 

Best wishes,

Hardy

 

 

 

First Folio in DC Events

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.274  Monday, 22 August 2016

 

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

Date:         August 22, 2016 at 11:55:25 AM EDT

Subject:    First Folio in DC Events

 

Dear list members – 

 

If you are in the Washington, DC area in October, please visit our First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare month programs. All events are free and open to the public. A full description appears in the attached pdf, but highlights include:

  • Complementary exhibit on Shakespeare in American Deaf History, plus Play the Knave, the Hofstra Globe model, and a tactile experience table.
  • Lecture series on Visual Shakespeare and Shakespeare in ASL.
  • Visual Shakespeare Festival featuring free workshops and performances.
  • Academic symposium on Visual and ASL Shakespeare with keynotes by Peter Donaldson and Peter Novak. 
  • Gallaudet Theatre Program production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Howie Seago and Helen Hayes winner Miranda Medugno.

Best, 

Jill

Professor

Department of English

 

Project Director, DC stop of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Coming to Gallaudet University October, 2016

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PDF Program Description:    pdf First Folio Gallaudet events (377 KB)

 

[Editor’s Note: This project seems so important to me that I am reproducing the Program Description below. You are , of course, encouraged to download it and make it available to anyone interested.  –Hardy]

 

 

 First Folio! at Gallaudet 

October 7-30, 2016 

 

Gallaudet University will be the D. C. host site for the national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. This exhibit, sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Library Association, and the Cincinnati Museum Center, is traveling to all 50 states, D. C., and Puerto Rico in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, and other generous donors. 

 

The First Folio! exhibit will come to Gallaudet in October 2016. During this month, Gallaudet will host a celebration of visual Shakespeare. Events and programming will examine the history of Shakespeare in the American Deaf community, highlight the unique contributions deaf artists can make to Shakespearean theater, and showcase visual approaches to Shakespeare’s works. Events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the opening reception. Registration required for some events. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

 

First Folio! Month Schedule 

Week One 

10/7(Fri): Opening reception and viewing of folio, followed by Lecture Series #1 (Shakespeare in ASL) 

10/8 (Sat.): “Bard for a Day” family event 

Exhibition open hours beginning 10/7 

 

Week Two 

10/13 (Thurs): Lecture Series #2 (Visual Shakespeare) 

10/15 (Sat): Academic symposium on Shakespeare in ASL and Visual Shakespeare 

10/15: Titus Andronicus in ASL for Oregon Shakespeare Festival 

Exhibition open hours and student tours throughout the week 

 

Week Three 

10/20 (Thurs.): Gallaudet Production of Midsummer Night’s Dream opens 

10/22 (Sat.): Visual Shakespeare Festival 

Exhibition open hours and student tours throughout the week 

 

Week Four 

10/27 (Thurs): Homecoming Alumni Panel (Shakespeare Matters) 

10/27 (Thurs): Lecture Series #3 (Shakespeare in American Deaf History) 

10/29 (Sat.): K-12 Educators Workshop 

Exhibition open hours and student tours throughout the week First Folio! at Gallaudet October 7-30, 2016 Gallaudet University Page 

 

Event Descriptions 

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare Exhibit 

October 7-30 

Jordan Art Gallery, Washburn Arts Building 

 

Regular Hours 10/8-10/30: Mon.-Fri., 10am-2pm; Thurs., 5-7 pm; Sat., 10am-4 pm. 

Special Hours: Fri. 10/7, 5-8pm; Sat. 10/15, 6-7pm; Fri. 10/21 and 10/28, 6-8pm; Sat. 10/22 and 10/29, 6-8pm; Sun 10/23 and 10/30, 12-2pm. 

 

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a First Folio, opened to the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Visitors will learn about the First Folio as an object: its history, cultural significance, and continued relevance. Interpretive panels from the Folger Library will also explore the evolving attraction of the First Folio and Shakespeare’s modern impact. A complementary exhibit curated by the Gallaudet University Museum will examine the importance of Shakespeare to the American Deaf community. This exhibit features a video loop, photographs, costumes, and other material artifacts documenting the history of Shakespeare in ASL, from the earliest known productions in the 19th century to the present. Additional components related to the theme of visual Shakespeare will include a model of the Globe Theatre and an installation of the Kinect game Play the Knave. DeafBlind visitors will have opportunities for tactile experience of physical objects. Explore First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare and Shakespeare in America Deaf History exhibits with a knowledgeable guide. Docent led tours begin every hour at the top of the hour and run approximately 30-45 minutes. No reservations needed. Tours conducted in ASL. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as voice, tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

School Tours 

Jordan Art Gallery, Washburn Arts Building and LLRH6 Colab 

M-F 10 am and 12 pm. 

A limited number of slots will be available for schools to sign up for a guided tour of the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare and Shakespeare in America Deaf History exhibits. The tour will be followed by an hour-long workshop developed for K-12 students by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Priority registration will be given to Deaf institutes and schools with mainstream programs for Deaf/hard of hearing students. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lecture Series 

October 7, 13, and 27 

Student Academic Center 1011 

The lecture series is aimed at a general audience and examines various themes such as the history of Shakespeare in the American Deaf community, the unique contributions Deaf artists can make to Shakespearean theater, and visual approaches to Shakespeare’s plays. The First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare and Shakespeare in America Deaf History exhibits will be open prior to each lecture. All lectures will be accessible via ASL, spoken English, and captioning. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

October 7 – Shakespeare in ASL 

5-8 pm: Exhibits open First Folio! at Gallaudet October 7-30, 2016 Gallaudet University Page 

 

7-8:30 pm: Talks by Ethan Sinnott, Professor, Theater and Dance Program, Gallaudet University; and Peter Novak, Professor, Theater Program, University of San Francisco 

 

October 13 – Visual Shakespeare 

5-7 pm: Exhibits open 

7-8:30 pm: Talks by Michele Osherow, Folger Resident Dramaturg and Associate Professor, Department of English, UMBC; Paata Tsikurishvili, Founding Artistic Director and CEO, Synetic Theatre; and Paul Reisman, Associate Artistic Director, Faction of Fools Theatre Company. 

 

October 27 – Shakespeare in American Deaf History 

5-7 pm: Exhibits open 

7-8:30 pm: Talks by Pamela Kincheloe, Professor, Liberal Arts Support Department, National Technical Institute of the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology; Steve Baldwin, Independent Scholar; Aaron Kelstone, Performing Arts Program Director, National Technical Institute of the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology 

 

Bard for a Day 

(primarily intended for Deaf families and families with deaf/hoh children) 

October 8 

10am – 4pm 

Various locations 

Come experience Shakespeare for the family! Kids can participate in workshops led by local performing and visual artists, try on 16th-century style costumes, and take in performances by Faction of Fools, Nicolo Whimsey, Synetic Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Cleveland Sign Stage Theatre, and more. Toddler and pre-school bards will enjoy Shakespeare themed arts and crafts, ASL Shakespeare story-telling, face painting, moon bounce, and a photo booth. Free and open to the public. Due to limited space, advance registration required for workshops. Visit www.gallaudet.edu/firstfolio for detailed schedule. Registration opens 9/24/2016. All events will accessible via ASL and spoken English. Captioning will be provided for talks and performances. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

Visual/ASL Shakespeare Academic Symposium 

October 15 

9am – 5pm 

Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium 

Scholars and dramaturgs come together to explore visual Shakespeare and Shakespeare in ASL. Participants will discuss pre-circulated papers on visual representations of the body and disability in Shakespeare; performance, analysis, translation, history of Shakespeare in ASL; and manual/gestural rhetoric in Shakespearean performance; and other topics. Keynote presenters include Peter Novak, Professor of Theater at University of San Francisco and Peter Donaldson, Ford International Professor of Humanities and Professor of Literature at MIT and founder of the Global Shakespeares Video ProjectVisit www.gallaudet.edu/firstfolio for detailed schedule. Registration is required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. First Folio! at Gallaudet October 7-30, 2016 Gallaudet University Page 

 

Titus Andronicus in ASL for Oregon Shakespeare Festival 

October 15 

7-8:30pm 

Student Academic Center 1011 

Visiting Artist Howie Seago and Gallaudet students in his THE 495 course will present work in progress translating Titus Andronicus into ASL for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Seago, a noted Deaf actor, has been involved with OSF since 2009 as an actor, translator, and ASL master. Seago is working on this commissioned translation of Titus with Lezlie Cross, Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Christine Albright-Tufts, actress and instructor, and Lue Douthit, Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at OSF. Voice interpretation provided. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

October 20-November 6 

Performances Thurs.-Sat., 8pm; Sat-Sun, 2pm. 

Eastman Theatre 

Directed by Gallaudet Theatre faculty Ethan Sinnott and featuring Howie Seago as Bottom. 

 

Eyes on Shakespeare Festival 

October 22 

10am – 5pm 

Various locations 

See what it means to experience Shakespeare visually! We are thrilled to partner with a spectrum of artists, both Deaf and hearing, to open your heart and mind to the wonders of the Bard. The festival includes free performances, workshops, and talks by Deaf and hearing theater groups and performers. Featured events include Patrick Graybill in The King, produced by the National Theatre of the Deaf; The Gravedigger’s Tale, produced by the Folger Theatre; and a free performance of Gallaudet University’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Professor of Theatre Ethan Sinnott. Visit www.gallaudet.edu/firstfolio for detailed schedule. Due to limited space, advance registration required for the workshops. Registration opens 10/8/2016. All events will accessible via ASL and spoken English. Captioning will be provided for talks and performances. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

Homecoming Alumni Panel 

October 27 

2-3:30 pm 

Peikoff Alumni House 

A panel of alumni spanning 1955 to 2014 discusses their involvement in Shakespeare productions at Gallaudet and professionally. Moderated by Deaf West artistic director DJ Kurs (‘98) and Dr. Steve Baldwin (‘68). Featuring former National Theatre of the Deaf performers Patrick Graybill (‘63) and Camille Jeter-Lorello (‘12), as well as Cynthia Saltzman (‘72) and Helen Hays award winner Miranda Medugno (‘14).With special guests Fred Beam and Howie First Folio! at Gallaudet October 7-30, 2016 Gallaudet University Page 

 

Seago. Voice interpretation provided. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as tactile or close vision interpreting. 

 

K-12 Educators Workshop 

October 29 

9 am-5 pm 

Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium, 1302, and 1303 

Educators nationwide struggle with the subtleties of teaching Shakespeare. This workshop will discuss how to use the visual to support incorporation of Shakespeare at the elementary and secondary levels, issues specific to Deaf students and ASL, and resources appropriate for all ages. The morning session features a two-hour workshop on the First Folio developed by Folger Shakespeare Library K-12 education specialists. Come join us for a fantastic day of shared learning! Due to limited space, advance registration required. Visit our website to register. All events will accessible via ASL, spoken English, and captioning. 

 

 

Contact Information 

Dr. Jill Bradbury, Project Director 

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Media Inquiries 

Kaitlin Luna, University Communications 

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(202) 448-7106 voice 

(202) 250-2973 videophone 

 

 

Social Media Information 

Website: www.gallaudet.edu/firstfolio 

Facebook: First Folio at Gallaudet 

Twitter: @SHXGallaudet #SHX400 #FirstFolio #ASLSHX

 

 

MV Dialog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.273  Wednesday, 17 August 2016

 

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

Date:         August 16, 2016 at 5:12:20 PM EDT

Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: MV Dialog

 

Regarding an English source for the name Shylock, I see no reason why Shakespeare would use such. The only other English names in Italian plays are demonstrative like Toby Belch and Dogberry—the latter communicating the author’s feelings about cops I think. Rather Shylock is a variant of Shiloh, meaning messiah (Gen 49:10). A fitting contrast to Marlowe’s selection of the name Barabbas, for one. 

 

 

 

Shakespeare and the Enlightenment

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.272  Wednesday, 17 August 2016

 

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

Date:         August 16, 2016 at 1:48:35 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare and the Enlightenment

 

Kingston Shakespeare is proud to announce a collaboration with Garrick’s Temple at Hampton in organising Shakespeare and philosophy events. It was David Garrick’s dream to host Enlightenment luminaries, like Voltaire, at the shrine he built to Shakespeare in 1756.

 

Unlike regular Kingston Shakespeare events, these events at the Temple will have an admittance donation of £10. All the money will be used for the event catering and to support the Temple. But the event will be nominally free.

 

The first event will be on September 3, 2016 and is entitled ‘Shakespeare and the Enlightenment’. 

 

 

Programme:

10.00 Welcome: Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

10.15: Paul Kottman (New School, New York)

‘Herder, Hegel and Shakespeare’

 

11.00: Coffee

 

11.30: Patricia Gillies (Essex University)

‘Shakespeare and Hobbes’

12.15: John Gillies (Essex University)

‘The Conversational Turn in Shakespeare’

 

13.00: Lunch (own arrangements: nearby Bell Inn

 and Stables Restaurant recommended)

 

14.00: Edward Chaney (Southampton Solent University):

‘Thy pyramids built up with newer might’:

Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Obelisks’

14.45: Kate Felus (Historic Landscapes):

‘Garrick’s Temple Garden’

 

15.30: Tea

 

16.30: Kiernan Ryan:

‘The Empathetic Imagination and the Dream of Equality:

Shakespeare’s “Poetical Justice”’

 

19.30: Concert: Lovekyn Renaissance Consort

 

Reserve your place at: https://shakespeareandtheenlightenment.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Places are limited to 50.

 

Kingston Shakespeare Seminar

 

 

PDF Announcement:   pdf SHAKESPEARE AND ENLIGHTENMENT (210 KB)

 

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