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Lecture on Shakespeare, Renaissance comedy

Sept. 16, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Dr. Anthony Ellis will deliver the fall keynote lecture for the Department of English's Scholarly Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in Room 3025 of Brown Hall. Ellis, an assistant professor of English, will speak on Shakespeare and comedy used during the Renaissance period.

Ellis specializes in Renaissance literature, with a focus on Shakespearean drama and Anglo-Italian relations. His first book, "Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama: Comic Elders on the Italian and Shakespearean Stage," was published this month. In his talk, "Old Age and the Uses of Comedy," Ellis will discuss his book, the origins of his interest in its topic and the discoveries he made during its composition.

2009 Department of English Scholarly Speaker Series

Scholarly speaker series events are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
    Room 3025, Brown Hall--Dr. Cynthia Davis, University of South Carolina Department of English, will give a speech titled, "The World was Home for Me: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Sentimental Public Sphere" at an event co-sponsored by WMU's Department of History.

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
    Room 3025, Brown Hall--Dr. Mustafa Mirzeler, WMU Department of English, will speak on "The Memory of Rivers."

  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
    Room 2028, Brown Hall--Dr. John Willinsky, educator, activist and author at the School of Education, Stanford University, will discuss "What's the Fuss about Open Access to Scholarly Work?" at an event co-sponsored by WMU's University Libraries, College of Education and the Third Coast Writing Project.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
    Room 2028, Brown Hall--Poet and feminist Dr. Alicia Ostriker, professor emerita of the Department of English at Rutgers University, will speak on a subject to be announced at an event co-sponsored by WMU's Gwen Frostic Reading Series.
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