On April 23, the birthdate of William Shakespeare, the BSC sponsored several relevant events for the college community. Professors Roark Atkinson and Todd Barnes each gave a talk related to the poet’s life and work. Professor Yvette Kisor led students in a lively Shakespeare centered game.
The Center hopes to make this an annual event.
Screening of Doctor Who
On Tuesday, November 19, Dumbledore’s Army and the Salameno Center for British Studies co-sponsored a screening of an episode of Doctor Who (“The Name of the Doctor”) in the Laurel Hall Screening Room. The screening was well attended. We hope this event is the first of many collaborations between the two groups.
The Tempest and Its Discontents
On November 21, 2013, Professor Todd Barnes (Literature) gave a public talk entitled “The Tempest and Its Discontents.” This talk, sponsored by the Salameno Center for British Studies, was scheduled to coincide with the current campus production of The Tempest. In his talk, Professor Barnes discussed the history of the play’s reception. He discussed, in particular, the play’s role in larger debates concerning early modern and contemporary ways of thinking about colonialism, patriarchy, globalization, geography, and of course, theatre and performance studies. The talk was well attended by students and faculty from across the campus, and it was followed by a lively discussion.
Poets or Killers?
On October 16, 2013 Martin Francis, Henry R. Winkler Professor of Modern History at the university of Cincinnati, gave a public talk to the College community.The talk was provocatively titled “Poets or Killers?: Royal Air Force Flyers and British Culture During WWII,” and concerned the complex public identity of the pilots; they were indeed national heroes but the death rate among them was forty percent! The talk was sponsored by the British Studies Center, a campus organization established to foster the study and discussion of all things British, as well as by the History Club.