October 5, 2012: Symposium on "Global Hamlets," with Alexander Huang, Nick Hutchison, Margaret Litvin, and David Schalkwyk. Media: poster (PDF); lobby placard (PDF); Smart City Memphis; Memphis Flyer; WKNO interview.
November 10-11, 2011: Symposium on "The King James Bible′s 400th Anniversary," with Robert Alter, Hannibal Hamlin, Ena Heller, Naomi Tadmor, and Vincent Wimbush. Media: flyer; poster; schedule; facebook page; Chapter 16 interview with Alter; Counterpoint interview with Alter; Commercial Appeal review of Alter′s book; Memphis Flyer interview with Alter; Daily Helmsman article on symposium; Faith in Memphis entry on "Manifold Greatness" exhibit; Manifold Greatness blog entry and follow up; The Bible and Interpretation blog.
April 1-2, 14-17, 2011: Production of Twelfth Night, in celebration of the McCoy Theatre′s 30th anniversary season, with visiting director Nick Hutchison. Review in The Memphis Flyer; this production garnered eight Ostrander nominations for most outstanding college drama, winning awards for Leading Actress (Kilby Hodges), Leading Actor (Stephen Brown), and Supporting Actor (Donald Jellerson).
January 23, 2011: Panel discussion of the history and practice of adapting Shakespeare′s works to music, with Rhodes professors Donald Jellerson (English) and Vanessa Rogers (Music). Presented in conjunction with Opera Memphis′ production of a new musical version of A Midsummer Night′s Dream (Playhouse on the Square).
March 26, 2010: Symposium on "Green Shakespeare: Environmental Studies and the Bard," with Dan Brayton, Simon Estok, Sharon O′Dair, Karen Raber, and Robert Watson. Co-sponsored by the Rhodes College Environmental Program, with additional support from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) and the Rhodes College Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA). Keynote lecture by Robert Watson was followed by a roundtable discusion on the "state of the field" with Daniel Brayton, Simon Estok, Sharon O′Dair, and Karen Raber. For further information: press release; newspaper article; Memphis Flyer recommendation; Smart City blog posting; Counterpoint radio program; Watson′s lecture handout.
January 25, 2008: Symposium on Macbeth, “Shakespeare in Color” (PDF), with Aleta Chappelle, Wallace Cheatham, Peter Erickson, Harry Lennix, Marguerite Rippy, Amy Scott-Douglass, and Ayanna Thompson. Co-sponsored by CODA, the African American Studies program, and the Departments of English and Theatre. This event was held in conjunction with the production of the play at Hattiloo Theatre, directed by Professor Cookie Ewing, and Verdi′s Macbett by Opera Memphis. Lectures from the symposium (by Wallace Cheatham, Peter Erickson, Harry Lennix, Marguerite Rippy, Amy Scott-Douglass, and Ayanna Thompson) have been published in an expanded collection of essays, Weyward Macbeth.