The Isom Weekly
Events and News for the coming week from The Sarah Isom Center
March 21 ~ 28, 2014
Calendar of Events:
Fri, Mar. 21nd
A Staged Reading of the New Play “Gloria”
Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Evan Cabnet.
As part of Ole Miss Theatre’s New Works Initiative, we will be producing a staged reading of Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who is an up-and-coming Brooklyn-based playwright and the first recipient of Ole Miss Theatre’s Playwright Initiative Grant. In addition to having Branden in residency at Ole Miss during the staged reading process, the Theatre Arts Department has lined up Broadway director Evan Cabnet to direct the reading. Branden and Evan have been working together to develop Gloria, and Evan is slated to direct an Off-Broadway production of Gloria at The Vineyard Theatre early next year.
Gloria is a new play in development and is set at a famous New York magazine where ambition is everywhere – from the fact-checkers to the editorial assistants. Everyone wants a book deal of their own, ideally before they turn thirty. But when a day in the office leaves their lives changed forever, the stakes for who gets to tell their own story become higher than ever.
7 PM, Meek Auditorium
Sat, Mar. 22nd
Mississippians Standing on the Side of Love: A Celebration of Love Equity and Compassion”
Presented by Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) . The Unitarian Universalist Association is a leader amongst religions in advocating for full equality for LGBTQ and has long advocated for marriage equlity and is one of the few religions that openly ordains individuals who are LGBTQ. More information here: http://www.uua.org/lgbtq/index.shtml
While the event features Rev. Morales, it will also include several speakers from local progressive organizations who will speak briefly about these organizations: William Winter Institute, PFLAG, Pride Network, Gaining Ground and Good Food for Oxford Schools. The event is being catered by Party Waiting to Happen!
5 PM, Bryant Hall
Mon, Mar. 24th
Joint Colloquium with History – “Modern Dances, Modern Women: Gender, Sexuality, And Popular Dancing In Interwar Britain”
Allison Abra, Assistant Professor of History (University of Southern Mississippi)
Noon-2 PM, Faulkner Room, J.D. Williams Library
Thurs, Mar 27th
“Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities”
Marjorie Barber, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies and Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts at Harvard University.
There was a time when Shakespeare’s plays were not considered serious enough, or appropriate for, study in libraries or universities. And there was a time, a slightly later time, when Shakespeare’s plays were considered the property of a subset of the learned class, different from, and distinct from, the practitioners of applied or practical knowledge. Today the plays are part of contemporary culture, in popular music, advertising, and journalistic headlines; and they are also part of literary culture, the culture of “the humanities.” In fact, for many people, Shakespeare is the humanities, quoted, cited, and sung as an authority on philosophy, statecraft, character, love and death. What’s next for Shakespeare studies, in and beyond the academy? What can the itinerary of “Shakespeare” in the last hundred years tell us about the future of the humanities in the twenty-first century?
Garber′s visit is co-sponsored by the Rhodes College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; the Department of English; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Greek & Roman Studies; the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment; the Search program; and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities.
7 PM, Hardie Auditorium(Rhodes College - Memphis, TN)
Thurs. - Fri., Mar. 27th - 28th
2014 Isom Student Gender Conference
NOTE LOCATION: Overby Conference Center (249 Farley Hall)
Keynote Address in conjunction with the Oxford Conference on the Book:
“When Harriet the Spy Grew Up: Feminism and the Second Golden Age of American Crime Fiction” by Laura Lippman
About the Author:
Laura Lippman is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels in an oeuvre that includes the award-winning Tess Monaghan series, a collection of critically acclaimed stand-alone novels, and an anthology of award-winning short stories.
Laura began her career as a journalist; she was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve at The Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime, publishing seven Tess Monaghan books before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her Tess books, eleven in all, have won virtually every major mystery prize including the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Nero Wolfe, Shamus, Gumshoe, Barry, Quill, and Macavity awards.
Laura has also received wide critical acclaim for her stand-alone novels, three of which were New York Times bestsellers—What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and I’d Know You Anywhere. Her novel Every Secret Thing, optioned by Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand, is now in post-production.
4PM, Overby Center Auditorum
The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies
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