Hiram College will celebrate William Shakespeare’s works and legacy through “Personal Encounters with Shakespeare: A Bissell Symposium,” Feb. 6-7, 2014.
The symposium will bring together literature scholars and theater professionals to discuss their own engagement with Shakespeare’s plays. In a series of sessions, they will talk with each other about what first excited them about the playwright, what they find extraordinary about the plays and how their professional work with Shakespeare affects their experiences as an observer of the plays.
The two-day symposium includes a keynote speaker as well as short readings and performances that highlight scenes and passages from select plays. All events are free and open to the public.*
A panel discussion with scholars and theater specialists, discussing their own personal “awakening” with regard to Shakespeare and why they chose/had to follow their passion. 12:30-1:30 p.m., The Renner Theater
An interactive session where the audience and experts work together to explore some interesting facet of Shakespeare’s work. Small groups under the direction of Symposium participants will work to create something to share with others. 4-5 p.m., The Renner Theater
Dinner with experts, faculty, and students that allows the continuation of interaction.
*Students can use a meal swipe for dinner; there is a small cost for faculty, staff and the general public. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Dix Dining Hall (Kennedy Center)
Dessert and a keynote address concentrating on the challenges of relating Shakespeare’s works to contemporary audiences, and the absolute need to do so. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Ballroom
A concluding session that focuses on presenting ideas developed in the interactive sessions and discussions of what might be done to allow others their own personal encounter with Shakespeare. 10-11 a.m., The Renner Theater
The Bissell Symposium, co-sponsored by Hiram College’s Theatre Arts Department and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature, is funded by an endowment founded by Howard S. Bissell.