Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peter Erickson "The Significance of Shakespeare's Whiteness"

The Early Modern Colloquium and the Drama Interest Group, together with the Department of English and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, invite you to attend a lecture by 

Peter Erickson

"The Significance of Shakespeare's Whiteness"
November 20th, 4:00pm, 3222 Angell Hall

Light refreshments will be served


Graduate students are also invited to attend a workshop with Peter Erickson at 9am on Nov. 21st in 3184 Angell Hall. Please email Elizabeth Mathie at to receive a copy of the precirculated paper "Bending toward Justice: From Shakespeare's Black Mediterranean to August Wilson's Black Atlantic." Coffee and breakfast will be served.

Peter Erickson is a senior lecturer in the department of Theater and a faculty affiliate in African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of several books, including Citing Shakespeare: The Reinterpretation of Race in Contemporary Literature and Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and has co-edited two volumes on the study of race in the early modern period entitled Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race, and Empire in Renaissance England (U Penn Press, 2000) and Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Othello (MLA, 2005). He is currently working on a book project entitled Transfiguring Race: Racial Iconographies in Cross-Historical Perspective. In his lecture and workshop, he will be presenting contributions in progress intended for two larger projects: Arthur Little's White People in Shakespeare and David Ruiter's Shakespeare and Social Justice. Peter Erickson has written numerous essays on reading, teaching, and studying race in Shakespeare; on early modern visual culture; and on Shakespeare and contemporary theater.

Both the Early Modern Colloquium and the Drama Interest Group are Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops and would like to thank Rackham for their generous support.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sister Helen Prejean on Campus for Dead Man Walking

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance welcomes author Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, on Thursday, November 13 at 3PM in Rackham Auditorium, where she will present a lecture, "Dead Man Walking, the Journey Continues," as part of the Sally Fleming Master Class series. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation is in conjunction with SMTD performances of the opera Dead Man Walking, which take place November 13 at 7:30PM, November 14 and 15 at 8PM, and November 16 at 2PM at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor. Sister Prejean will also lead a post-show discussion following the Thursday evening performance.

Directed by associate professor Kay Walker Castaldo, the Dead Man Walking performances feature the University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Jerome Shannon. The production is double cast and will be sung in English with projected English supertitles.

Monday, November 3, 2014

General Membership Meeting

The Drama Interest Group general meeting will be on Friday Nov 7th at 3pm in 2439 Walgreen Drama Center. Hope to see you there!

The Drama Interest Group is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop primarily for graduate students, but also for members of the university community interested in drama and performance. Our activities include bringing guests to speak about their latest research, seeing theatre and discussing the performance together, and particularly conducting essay and dissertation chapter writing workshops for graduate students at all levels.