The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0368  Wednesday, 5 September 2012


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

Date:         September 5, 2012 3:07:37 PM EDT

Subject:     20th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson 


20th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University


MADISON, NJ (September 4, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University will host its annual Shakespeare Colloquium on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College at Florham in Malcolm Sturchio Hall (room S-11) in the Science Building. This year’s seminar will feature four distinguished speakers who will explore Shakespeare’s plays on English history, ranging from Edward III to Richard III


Speakers include Professors Jean E. Howard (Columbia University), Vimala C. Pasupathi (Hofstra University), Phyllis Rackin (University of Pennsylvania, Emeritus), and Thomas Pendleton (Iona College). The colloquiums are coordinated by Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and supported by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare.   


Jean E. Howard’s topic is “Women and the Story of the Nation in ‘The Reign of King Edward III.’”  Discussing a play that many scholars now believe was written by Shakespeare, she will demonstrate the atypical ways it reveals the role of women in the making of kings, including their education and military conquests. Vimala C. Pasupathi’s presentation, “For Love or Money? Shakespeare’s Mercenary Scots,” deals with the role of mercenary soldiers in the history plays and the challenge mercenaries present to traditional monarchy.


In the afternoon session, Phyllis Rackin will discuss “Conscience and Complicity in Richard III,” showing how the play’s theatrical power depends on dramatizing the villain’s charming ways. Thomas A. Pendleton will demonstrate aspects of Shakespeare’s technique by screening scenes from several productions of Richard II.


These programs are free and open to the public, and New Jersey teachers are eligible to receive professional development hours for their participation.


The colloquium is supported by Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Columbia University Seminars office, and individual donations. Organizer and project director for the colloquiums is Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus of English. 


For further information, or to register please call 973-443-8711 or email Dr. Harry Keyishian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. 

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