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FDU: “Shakespeare and his Sources” -- all-day colloquium
The colloquium is free and open to the public. It was run by this one guy, Dr. Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus of English, for 25 years – and now for year 26 – a NEW guy is in charge! Dr. Mathieu Boyd, chair of the Department of Literature, Languages, and Philosophy. What changes will he make??? (Dr. Keyishian will still be keeping an eye on the proceedings.) You may come for whichever lectures you like. The lecture hall is handicap accessible. New Jersey teachers may receive five Professional Development hours for participating. Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register or for further information, please email to "[masked]". The program is supported by the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare. It runs from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Room S-11 (Sturchio Hall) of the Science Building on the Florham Campus of FDU. There are signs; here is what the building looks like: There is coffee at 9 a.m.; drink to get TOTALLY charged up! RAWR! 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 "A Newly Uncovered Manuscript Source for Shakespeare's Plays". 1045 - 12 noon "Reading Shakespeare and the Bible." 12 - 1 Lunch. [They have a great cafeteria and you get the reduced student prices! But ya gotta walk fast to get there and back in time.] 1 - 2:15 Shakespeare and the Possibilities of Plagiarism" and lastly 2:15 - 3:30 "The Rape of Lucrece and the Sovereign Subject" Dr. June Schlueter of Lafayette College will discuss the discovery, with Dennis McCarthy, of a previously unknown Shakespeare source, a discovery reported on the front page of The New York Times in February. Dr. Thomas Fulton (Rutgers University) will speak about the influence of the Bible on Shakespeare’s work. Following a lunch break, Dr. Thomas Olson, who teaches at SUNY New Paltz, will discuss ideas of creativity and originality in Shakespeare’s day, and how a knowledge of sources enriches the study of Shakespeare. Dr. Lauren Silberman of Baruch College-CUNY will examine the sources, traditions, and political impact of The Rape of Lucrece.

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Founded in 2011 by the manager of Zebu Forno (now closed but it was a great place on South Street), we have since had a stint at Atlanta Bread in Madison -- now also closed -- and after that Panera Bread (still open!).

We started as a typical book club --- reading mostly "literary" best-sellers with some non-fiction sprinkled in, all suggested by members. Then we had a phase where we each picked books that had special meaning for us, and discussed them with the group. Also we did a string of great YA fiction.

We also have had a sideline on Shakespeare for a while, as several of our members are volunteers for the Shakespeare Theater of NJ at Drew University, and have seen many of their EXCELLENT productions. Also we did a Shakespeare reading group -- no experience necessary, no pre-reading of the plays necessary -- we are still doing that at the Raritan Library.

Our other new thing is focus on a particular author and read through their works, on the theory that we will learn more and have a "deeper" experience that stays with us ... perhaps permanently. We are trying out a few local restaurants as part of this experiment. Right now we are doing Murakami, and until we are DONE with Murakami, we are the Mostly Murakami Meetup!


If you would like to be an Organizer, and are willing to lead Meetups on books at venues of your choosing, for the benefit of the readers of Morristown, we will be happy to offer you the support of this Meetup group.

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