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UD Saturday Symposium Discussion
"Celebrating Shakespeare"
Saturday, March 16, 8:45 am - 4 pm
Memorial Hall, Morris Library, Roselle Center for the Arts | University of Delaware

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Join UD Alumni and Friends for a celebration of William Shakespeare. The day begins with dynamic lectures by two eminent Shakespearean scholars who will talk about Hamlet and the history of Shakespeare’s popularization in America. These sessions will be followed by a catered lunch and then a visit to the UD Morris Library for an up-close look at the library’s collection of rare Shakespearean books, spanning 400 years of publication history. The day concludes with a matinee performance of Hamlet by the University’s Resident Ensemble Players. The cost of the program is $25, which covers the coffee/pastries, catered lunch and theater ticket.


Following coffee and pastries in the morning, participants will first hear Don-John Dugas, Associate Professor of English and a Fellow of the Institute for Bibliography and Editing at Kent State University, speak on “Shakespeare for Everyman”.

The second speaker will be Thomas Clayton, Regents Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, speak on “To be or not to be the best of three Hamlets, that is the question”.

Following the two morning sessions, a buffet lunch will be served. Participants will then visit the University Library, Department of Special Collections, Class of 1941 Lecture Room and view “Shakespeare Publication through the Ages”.

The group will finish the day with a walk to the Roselle Center for the Arts to witness murder, melancholy, and madness in the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in the Thompson Theatre.

This fifth Saturday Symposium has been made possible through the generosity of Charlotte Orth '64 and Kenneth J. Reckford and the Charlotte Orth Shakespeare Fund.


Don-John Dugas is an Associate Professor of English and a Fellow of the Institute for Bibliography and Editing at Kent State University in Ohio. He is the author of articles on several medieval and early modern writers as well as on the London print trade. His book, Marketing the Bard: Shakespeare in Performance and Print, 1660–1740 was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. A passionate and engaging educator, he is the recipient of Kent State’s three most prestigious teaching accolades: the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award, the Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Award, and the Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher Award. His research into the career of Sir Philip Ben Greet developed out of his interest in the ways commercial forces shape Shakespeare’s popularity.


tom-clayton-big-crop.jpgTom Clayton, Regents Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, is the author of numerous books and articles on Shakespeare. Versed in many aspects of Shakespearean scholarship and criticism and an excellent speaker, he has edited The Hamlet First Published, a collection of essays published by the University of Delaware Press on the First Quarto version of the play. He is also the author of a book on Hand D, which many consider our only example of Shakespeare's holograph, in "The Book of Sir Thomas More."