MAY 23, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu


CSUB hosts annual CSU Shakespeare Symposium


ShakespeareShakespearean scholars from throughout the California State University will gather at CSU Bakersfield June 1-2 for the 10th annual CSU Shakespeare Symposium.

The symposium will feature two days of presentations, research papers, discussions and social events exploring the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare.

"We're really excited because this is the first time we have hosted this event," said Michael Flachmann, CSUB English professor, Shakespeare scholar and symposium coordinator. "The symposium offers Shakespeare scholars an opportunity to explore some of the complexities of Shakespeare's writing, and to see if we can gain new insights into a man whose timeless message is as fresh today as it was 400 years ago."

Flachmann said some intriguing presentations are on the agenda, including:

"Pornographic Shakespeare," presented by CSU Fullerton English professor Kay Stanton.

"Is this a Teleprompter I See Before Me? Realstreaming Shakespeare: Holistic or Hollywood?" presented by Melissa D. Aaron, English professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

"The Groaning Juliet," presented by Cal Poly Pomona English professor Edward Rocklin.

"All the Argument's a Whore and a Cuckold: The Carnivalesque in 'Troilus and Cressida,'" presented by CSU Long Beach English professor Tyler Dilts.

"All in all, we expect a fascinating two days of presentations and discussions," Flachmann said. "We cordially invite anyone with an interest in Shakespeare to attend."

The symposium begins on Friday, June 1, at 1 p.m. in the Albertson Room, where all the presentations will occur. All symposium presentations are free and the public is invited. Presentations last about 20 minutes, with five minutes for questions and comments. Refreshments will be available. The Albertson Room is adjacent to the Dore Theater on the CSUB campus.

The only symposium events for which there is a charge are a dinner Friday and a luncheon Saturday. Cost is $20 for both meals, and reservations are required by Wednesday, May 30. Please call 661/664-2121 to make a reservation.

The CSUB Madrigal Singers lead by CSUB music professor Robert Provencio will entertain at the Saturday luncheon.

The symposium has been scheduled to coincide with the CSUB Performing Arts Department's presentation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," directed by CSUB theater professor Jeffrey Mason. The production opens Thursday, May 24, with performances Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, and Thursday through Sunday, May 31-June 3. All performances are in the Dore Theater at 8 p.m., except for the June 3 matinee which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors, CSUB faculty and staff; and $5 students.

For more information, please call Flachmann at 661/664-2121.


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