Dean’s Symposium

Join us on  Tuesday, Mar. 22 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 223 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm for “Race, Audience, and Identity” with Jillian Baez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Culture, and Katharine Goodland, Professor in the Department of English.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously suggested that theatrical performance should serve as a mirror held up to the world. Two scholars ask about what we see in these reflections. A Professor of Media Studies investigates the ways that Latina audiences–varying in ethnicity, class, age, and sexual orientation–view media images of themselves through the lens of citizenship and national belonging. A Professor of Literature approaches the issue of identity and performance by examining American productions of “Hamlet” over the past 40 years. If characters invented in 17th-century England can speak with American accents, they can also be portrayed by actors with racial and cultural heritage undreamed of by Shakespeare. What does the casting and staging of the play reflect about the history and politics of racial identity in America?

Refreshments will be served  at this CC CLUE-certified event.