Dean’s Office sponsors ‘Twelfth Night’ symposium

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Christian Howard
Managing Editor

A “Twelfth Night” Symposium will be sponsored by the Dean’s Office this Wednesday. Entitled “Girls and Boys: A Symposium on Shakespeare’s  ‘Twelfth Night’,” the event is co-organized by Scott Crider, associate professor in the English department, and Kyle Lemieux, chair of the drama department. It will feature presentations from four disciplines: politics, English, drama and psychology.

The symposium anticipates the mainstage production that will be performed by the drama department. This year’s production will, in fact, be a performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” set in 1890s Russia.

Lemieux said that the symposium “gets the campus thinking about the play. We’re seeing the different perspectives through which the various departments view the play.”

Lemieux also explained that the play lends itself particularly well to analysis from multiple perspectives.

“‘Twelfth Night’ is a play that is full of joy, but it also explores the darker parts of the human soul. It so accurately reflects the human condition in its fragmentation, richness and depth. This makes itespecially ripe for a symposium and a deeper kind of reflection,” Lemieux said.

The presentations will be as follows: Andrew Moran (English) will speak on “Joyless Festivity in ‘Twelfth Night’”; Erin Freeman (psychology) on “Gender, Identity, and Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’”; Leo Paul De Alvarez (politics) on “Prudence and Festival”; Robert Scott Dupree (English) on “The Food of Love”; and Kyle Lemieux (drama) on “Performing ‘Twelfth Night’: A Question of Balance.”

Crider, who will be moderating the discussion following the speakers, emphasized the unique nature of having this symposium in concert with a production of the play.

“We’ve done these symposiums a number of times,” Crider said. “They combine academic rigor with festivity and act as a bridge between academic and student life. It’s not just a party, and it’s not just a midterm.”

Crider also said that, because of its interdisciplinary nature, the symposium is “for everyone, not just a particular major.”

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Gorman Faculty Lounge. The talks will begin at 3:30 p.m. and last an hour, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The program will end at 5 p.m.

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