FDU’s 22nd annual Shakespeare Colloquium


Madison, N.J. (September 15, 2014) — Fairleigh Dickinson University will host its annual Shakespeare Colloquium on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The topic this year is “Shakespeare Bad and Shakespeare Wrong: Rethinking the Shakespearean” and the program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at FDU’s Florham Campus in Madison, N.J. in room S-11 in the Science Building.
Four scholars will discuss what can be learned by “bad” and “wrong” Shakespeare — in performance and in scholarship — and what the differences are.
Zoltan Markus, a professor at Vassar College, will talks about the ethical assumptions, implications, or judgments are involved in distinguishing “bad” Shakespeare” from “wrong” Shakespeare. Iska Alter, a professor at Hofstra University, will discuss how and why Shakespeare was produced in Nazi Germany, while Donovan Sherman, a professor at Seton Hall Univeristy will speak on how the “wrongness” of Roland Emmerich’s 2011 film “Anonymous” reflects on practices of readers and audiences of Shakespeare. To conclude, Emily Weissbourd, a professor at Byrn Mawr College will lead a discussion of “Othello” and the Spanish drama of its time, showing the difference between modern and Renaissance ideas of race, servitude and interracial marriage.  
This program is 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 Seminar on Shakespeare. 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 Harry Keyishian at harrykeyishian@gmail.com. Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

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