Upcoming Events

Encountering Shakespeare

October 20-22, 2016

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A conference on historical, cultural, textual, and virtual encounters with Shakespeare, featuring keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at George Washington University and author of Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage.
  • Dr. Curtis Perry, Professor of English at University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign and author of Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern England, The Making of Jacobean Culture: James I and the Renegotiation of Elizabethan Literary Practice, and Eros and Power in English Renaissance Drama: Five Plays by Marlowe, Davenant, Massinger, Ford, and Shakespeare. 

This event also features teaching workshops by the professional actors of Canada’s Stratford Theatre Festival, the largest classical theatre repertoire in North America, and the Shakespeare Gala: An innovative soirée blending Shakespeare-inspired artistic encounters including opera, orchestra, period dancing, choral music, musical theatre, and dramatic performance.

The Sultans of Swing: 100 Years of Baseball, Jazz, and Short Fiction

The Sultans of Swing Flapper Ball, October 29, 2016

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The Flapper Ball will be held at historic Memorial Hall in downtown Dayton and will feature music, dancing, and literary readings from the first decades of the Twentieth Century. So put on your best 1920s garb and plan to dance the Charleston and the Lindy, listen to jazz music, and hear Hughes, Lardner, and Parker, among other American writers from the period.