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Shakespeare Event Returns to Campus

The 15th Annual CSU Shakespeare Symposium returns to campus on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Anatol Conference Center located in the East Library.

This year’s keynote speaker, UC Irvine’s Julia Lupton, will speak on “Shakespearean Consent,” as she reviews the political motivations of getting characters to agree to difficult conversions, such as Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” or Isabella’s potential marriage to the Duke in “Measure for Measure.”

“All manner of Shakespearean topics will be discussed,” said Lloyd Kermode, the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at CSULB. “Forgeries, and reproductions of the plays, Shakespeare on film and television, critical theory, international relations in early modern England, gender studies, the Roman Plays and women in Shakespeare will all figure in the symposium.”

Kermode explains that the 15th annual event returns after a year’s layoff with a new, one-day schedule.

“We had to have concurrent sessions to take all the papers we wanted; we are including abstracts of all the papers in the program so that everyone can make informed choices about what to see and hear,”
--Lloyd Kermode

“We had to have concurrent sessions to take all the papers we wanted; we are including abstracts of all the papers in the program so that everyone can make informed choices about what to see and hear,” he said.

CMRS encourages the interdisciplinary study of the era from the transformation of the Roman World to the Modern Period. Other disciplines participating in the symposium include art history, comparative world literature and classics, English, history, philosophy, religious studies, and Romance, German, and Russian languages and literatures. The center runs the program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with a minor and certificate in Med-Ren Studies. It also brings major speakers to campus and runs a CSULB speaker series with faculty from this campus sharing their work-in-progress with colleagues.

“The center gets funding for these events, including the symposium, from the College of Liberal Arts and English Department, and uses the symposium to encourage other CSU faculty and non-CSU faculty to learn about what we do,” said Kermode. “It also gets our students to see their professors involved in the wider professional world of research.”

Kermode invites graduate student participation in the symposium, noting that “CSULB has plenty of undergraduates who are thinking about graduate school and would benefit from seeing how a regional conference like this works and how advanced graduate students and professors present their work to their peers.”

This year’s symposium includes speakers from CSU, USC, the UC system, and universities out of state speaking on an unusually wide range of topics. Twenty-two papers plus a keynote in one intense day will provide something for everyone.

Registration for faculty and staff is $15 and $5 for students, which includes refreshments and light snack. A lunch buffet will be available for an additional $15 for faculty and staff and $10 for students.

For additional information about the symposium, contact Kermode by phone at 562/985-4212 or via e-mail at lkermode@csulb.edu.