Upcoming Events

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

Spring and Fall, 2016

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Are you a fan of baseball, jazz music, or short stories? If you enjoy one, two, or all three of these American art forms, please join us for the events planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al, recognized as the first literary baseball fiction. With a lineup that includes public lectures, an academic conference, a flapper ball, and, of course, baseball, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the best of these three American art forms.


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.