The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0076  Monday, 16 May 2011

From:          Scott Newstok <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 11 Mar 2011 16:23:31 -0600      
Subject:      1611 Symposium, Rhodes College, November 10-11, 2011

On November 10-11, 2011, the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College will host a symposium on the historical background and cultural legacy of the "King James" bible translation, in observance of its 400th anniversary.

On November 10, Robert Alter (UC-Berkeley) will deliver the keynote lecture on "The Question of Eloquence in the King James Bible." His visit will be co-sponsered by the Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture of the University of Memphis Department of English, the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH), Rhodes College, and Christian Brothers University (CBU).

On November 11, invited symposium speakers include Robert Alter, Brian Cummings (Sussex), Hannibal Hamlin (Ohio State), Ena Heller (Museum of Biblical Art), and Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster). These scholars' visits will be co-sponsored by Rhodes College programs in Art, English, History, Religious Studies, and Search.

All of these lectures will be free and open to the public.

A series of 1611-related events are being planned throughout Memphis, from museum displays to musical performances to lectures at other institutions:


Please contact Scott Newstok (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.


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 UT. 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.

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