From March 3-5, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will sponsor Exploring the Renaissance 2011, an international conference on literature, the arts, history, and cultural studies.
Members of the SLU community are invited to attend all three plenary talks at the conference:
Thursday, March 3, 3:45-5 p.m., Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall
Louis L. Martz Lecture, sponsored by the Society for Renaissance Art History and the Ong Center for Literature and Culture:
Diane Cole Ahl (Lafayette College), "This splendid, noble art: Re-Viewing Fifteenth-Century Painting in Italy."
Friday, March 4, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall
William B. Hunter Lecture, sponsored by the South-Central Renaissance Conference and the Department of Philosophy:
Kevin N. Moll, East Carolina University, "Some Straight-Shooting Observations on the Early L'homme Armé Masses."
Saturday, March 5, 1:15-2:30 p.m., Saint Louis Room, Busch Student Center
Conference Keynote Lecture, sponsored by the SLU Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English:
Ralph Alan Cohen (American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College), "An Actor Prepares" through an Early Modern Process."
Drawing on examples from Cohen's work at the American Shakespeare Center, the talk will explore the ways in which the scripts and the rehearsal process of Shakespeare's day dictated an actor's performance.
Cohen was project director for the building of the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. He has directed 20 professional productions of Renaissance plays.
His book ShakesFear and How to Cure It won the Association of Educational Publishers' Distinguished Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the State of Virginia's Award for Outstanding Faculty and the Governor's Arts Award.
Cohen's talk will complement the University Theatre production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing," which will be in its final weekend during the conference.
For further information, contact Donald Stump or Thomas Madden, local arrangements co-chairs for the conference.