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Dr. Ayanna Thompson to Deliver Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Ayanna Thompson

Join us this semester for a special Phi Beta Kappa Public lecture entitled:

“Shakespeare, Race, and Performance, What we Still Don’t Know.”

The lecture will take place in the Gailor Hall auditorium at 4:30p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30p.m. and an opportunity to meet and talk with our visiting Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Dr. Ayanna Thompson.

Dr. Ayanna Thompson is a professor of English at George Washington University, specializing in Renaissance drama and issues of race in and as performance. She is the author of Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centered ApproachPassing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America; and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage.

She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden Edition of Othello, and is the editor of Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance.

Currently on the editorial boards of the Shakespeare QuarterlyRenaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Bulletin, she has served as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the English Department and the University Lectures Committee.