FDU's 24th Annual Shakespeare Colloquium

Madison, N.J. (September 20, 2016) – Fairleigh Dickinson University will host its annual Shakespeare Colloquium on Saturday, October 15, 2016. This year’s topic will be “Shakespeare’s ‘Other’ Worlds: Politics, Sound, Misogyny, and Pop Culture” and will take place 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 the alternative worlds Shakespeare creates in “The Tempest”, “Hamlet”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Othello”, and “Troilus and Cressida”.

John W. Mahon, a professor at Iona College, will open the colloquium by discussing the overlapping worlds that exist in “The Tempest”. Laury Magnus, a professor at The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, will discuss the different types of hearing in Shakespeare and how their stage dynamics engage auditors, making hearing and seeing interactive. Margaret Mikesell, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will discuss how the misogyny expressed by the male characters in “Hamlet” is both inappropriate and archaic to the two female characters in the tragedy. Closing the discussion will be Louise Geddes, a professor at Adelphi University, who will discuss the impact that Shakespeare had on the rise of pop culture, including The Beatles’ 1964 performance of “Pyramus and Thisbe”.

The program is free and is open to the public, and New Jersey teachers are eligible to receive professional development hours for their participation. This colloquium is supported by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare. The organizer and project director for colloquiums is Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus of English at FDU.

Preregistration for this event is not required, but is encouraged. For more information and to register, please call 973-443-8711 or email Shakespeare@fdu.edu. Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. 07940. Room S-11 is handicap-accessible.

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