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Faculty/staff invited to kick off centennial year

Plan to be part of a special gathering for BGSU faculty and staff on Friday (Jan. 29) to mark the beginning of the University’s centennial celebrations. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, followed by a program at 10 a.m.

Led by Larry Weiss, Centennial Commission co-chair, the program will honor the contributions of faculty, administrative and classified staff to BGSU’s “legacy of excellence, future without limits.”

 

Age conflicts as shown in Shakespeare to be topic of talk

Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, English, will present “Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England” at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 26) in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Her talk is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence Series, organized and operated by the BGSU Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. The series showcases the work of faculty affiliated with the institute.

Although it is often overlooked by critics, conflict between generations was an important aspect of early modern English life. A preoccupation with age shows up in portraits, pamphlets and plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. From Lear’s well-known decla­ration, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is / To have a thankless child,” to Portia’s complaint that “the will of a living daughter [can be] curbed by the will of a dead father,” the early modern theatre staged count­less scenes of generational conflict.

Gearhart will outline the cultural factors of the day that underlay and promoted this conflict, and explain how Shakespeare’s theatre played a vital role in negotiating the politics of generational conflict in the period.

Among Gearhart’s publications are “‘Take My Part’: Using Generational Conflict to Teach ‘King Lear’” and “‘Faint and Imperfect Stamps’: The Problem with Adaptations of Shakespeare for Children.” Her ICS talk comes from Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England, a book manuscript in progress.


 
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January 25, 2010

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