Symposium: America’s Shakespeare

roubiliacBustApril 16, 2016, 1-5pm at Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St., Providence, R.I.)

This April 16 symposium exploring the place of Shakespeare in American culture, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Society, features three distinguished scholars who will discuss how Shakespeare has shaped American social life, culture, and politics. This will be followed by a collage of scenes from films set in the U.S.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Please register here or call 401-331-8575 x136.

The speakers featured in this  symposium are James Shapiro, Miles Parks Grier, and Virginia Vaughan. Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, specializing in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern drama, and British poetry. Grier is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Queens College in the City University of New York, specializing in teaching Shakespeare, Early American Studies, and African-American Studies. Vaughan is Professor Emerita and Research Professor in the English Department at Clark University, specializing in early modern English literature, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.

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Parking is available on the street, or in the pay lot at Thayer & Charlesfield streets. It is recommended to allow  time to find extra parking.

The symposium schedule is as follows:

1pm: Welcome and introductions

1:30-3:30pm: Speakers and Q&A

  • James Shapiro, Columbia University
  • Virginia Vaughan, Clark University
  • Miles Parks Grier, Queens College, CUNY (City University of New York)

3:30-4pm: Tea and coffee break

4-5pm: “America’s Shakespeare on Film.” A collage of scenes from Shakespeare films set in the US, followed by discussion.


Find more information at the America’s Shakespeare website.

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