Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare at GW

George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English are pleased to announce the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare, a signature program for undergraduate students directed by Alexa Alice Joubin. The program offers a select group of students a unique opportunity to explore the works of William Shakespeare in a global and multimedia context.
 Program Highlights
  • Take five courses during your freshmen and sophomore years
  • Enjoy small classes and intimate interaction with award-winning professors
  • Subsidized, faculty-led study tour of London and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Meet the head of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and leading scholars and artists in London
  • Attend performances at the Folger Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.
  • Participate in events at the Folger Shakespeare Library and on campus
  • Take advantage of undergraduate research fellowships
  • Use cutting-edge digital tools for the study of Shakespeare and for creative work
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A series of events–free and open to the public–are being planned in conjunction with the Dean’s Scholars program.
Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare series
Friday September 7 2012, 3:30 pm.  Post Hall, George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus; free shuttle available from Foggy Bottom:
Inaugural Dean’s Lecture on Shakespeare by Dr. Gail Kern Paster (Director Emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library)
Shylock, Othello, and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Picturing Shakespeare at the Folger 
Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger image database show how these figures of the Jew and the Moor as Other have been represented since the eighteenth century. These images also show how Shakespeare’s plays have been presented for consumption and display. Setting images side by side has great heuristic potential for understanding the theatrical coding of difference in an historical trajectory.  The talk is designed for a broad audience.  It is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by a reception.

A fuller description from our earlier blog post:
Tuesday, November 13 2012 (time and location TBA)
The Culture of the Spectator: Football, Gambling, and Shakespearean Theatre by Dr. Dennis Kennedy (Emeritus Professor and Fellow in Trinity College Dublin, where he held the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama)
Other events throughout the year. Please visit for updates.

Oct. 26, 2012 Corpus: A Symposium
A symposium on individual and collective bodies: embodiment, sexuality, individuality, universality, corporations, limitations, institutions, resistance.
Confirmed speakers: Marcy Norton, Henry Turner, Lara Farina, Zeb Tortorici
Jan 25, 2013 Digital Shakespeare
April 5, 2013 Ecologies symposium

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