Braniff Graduate School Hosts First Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Conference

Braniff Graduate School Hosts First Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Conference



The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts will host its first biennial interdisciplinary Shakespeare conference Oct. 24-25 on the UD campus. The conference, which is titled "Nothing Will Come of Nothing: The Wisdom of King Lear," will begin with a lecture by Timothy Burns, university professor of political science at Baylor University, and a dramatic reading of the play featuring one of North Texas' most highly regarded actors, Bruce DuBose (at right), in the title role.

"The Braniff Graduate School's biennial Shakespeare conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for the large number of North Texas Shakespeareans to further conversation on the Bard," said Braniff Graduate School Dean Joshua Parens.

Burns' lecture, "'King Lear' and the Question of Divine Justice," will begin at 4 p.m., Oct. 24, in Lynch Auditorium. His lecture will draw from his recently published book "Shakespeare's Political Wisdom," which considers justice in "King Lear" through the lens of political philosophy.

Professor of English John Alvis, BA '66 MA '69 PhD '73, will give a response to Burns titled "Whose Reason? Whose Nature?"

The dramatic reading featuring DuBose and directed by Director of University Theater and Associate Professor of Drama Kyle Lemieux will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium. One of the region's leading stage actors and a founding member of Dallas' internationally recognized Undermain Theatre, DuBose has also worked extensively in film and television. Additionally, he has been the voice of KERA-TV for more than 25 years. He narrated the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The U.S. Mexican War" for PBS.

The second day of the conference will consist of three panels"Literature, Performance, Pedagogy"hosted by University of Dallas English, Education and Drama Department professors from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Art History Auditorium.

Panelists will include (in order of appearance) Associate Professor of English Theresa Kenney; Louise Cowan Chair and Professor of Literature Bainard Cowan, BA '70; Assistant Professor of Drama Stefan Novinski, BA '92; Professor of English Scott Dupree, BA '62; alumnus Justin Lemieux, BA '05; and Associate Professor of English Scott Crider.

The conference is co-sponsored by the university's Center for Thomas More Studies. All conference events are free and open to the public. For directions and a campus map, visit To reserve tickets to the reading, visit



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