Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

Lectures and Symposia

students listen to a Strode lecturer The Strode Program hosts a variety of events including symposia, workshops, conferences, and lectures by both established and emerging scholars. Students are afforded the opportunity to meet informally with guest speakers, discuss works in progress, as well as attend and respond to formal presentations.


The Strode Lectures in the Age of Shakespeare bring to campus distinguished scholars of the early modern period.


Symposia scheduled as part of the Strode Lectures have included “Shakespeare and Civic Leadership” in Spring 2007; “Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Katrina” in Fall 2007; “Shakespeare’s Love Triangles” in Fall 2008; “Local Readings on the Renaissance” in Spring 2010; the “Digital Humanities Symposium” in Spring 2011; “Elemental Ecocriticism” in Spring 2013; “Shakespeare and American Integration” in Fall 2013; and “Digitorium” in Spring 2015. In Spring 2016, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we hosted two symposia–“Why Isn’t Shakespeare Dead?” in February and “The Poet’s Shakespeare” in April.

In February of 2020, in honor of the Strode Program’s 30th Anniversary, we hosted a symposium on “The Future of Teaching Shakespeare.” Speakers included: Alicia Andrzejewski (William and Mary); Emma Katherine Atwood (University of Montevallo); David Sterling Brown (Binghamton University); Hillary Eklund (Loyola University New Orleans); Ruben Espinosa (University of Texas at El Paso); Jen Feather (University of North Carolina at Greensboro); Matthew C. Hansen (Boise State University); Sujata Iyengar (University of Georgia); Alexa Alice Joubin (George Washington University); Kelly M. Neil (Spartanburg Methodist College); Peggy O’Brien (Folger Shakespeare Library); and M. Tyler Sasser (University of Alabama).

Milton Seminar

Since 2009, the Strode Program has hosted the annual Southeast Milton Seminar.  The Seminar brings a well-known Miltonist, most recently Feisal Mohamed, Laura Knoppers, and David Loewenstein, to UA’s campus for two days and features a meeting with our graduate students, an hour lecture, and a two-hour workshop discussion fo the guest scholar’s current research.

Current Year Events


  • August 9, 2021: A Conversation with Jocelyn Bioh (adaptor of “Merry Wives” for the Public Theatre in NYC), 3:30PM via Zoom
  • Fall meetings of the Strode Premodern Critical Race Studies Reading Group (TBA)
  • February 7, 2022: Strode Shakespeare Lecture– Claire M. L. Bourne (Penn State)– title TBA– 5PM in 301 English Building
  • February 17, 19, 2022: Folger Institute Symposium, “Early Modern Intersections in the American South.” University of Alabama.
  • March 3-5, 2022: South Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC), hosted by UA and the Strode Program at Bryant Conference Center. More details at:

Past Lectures, Symposia, and Seminars


  • September 11, 2020: Strode Premodern Critical Race Studies Reading Group, 2PM on Zoom
  • October 9, 2020: Strode Premodern Critical Race Studies Reading Group, 2PM on Zoom
  • November 6, 2020: Strode Premodern Critical Race Studies Reading Group, 2PM on Zoom
  • February 5, 2021: Strode Premodern Critical Race Studies Reading Group, 2PM on Zoom
  • March 5, 2021: Strode Premodern Critical Race Studies Reading Group, 2PM on Zoom
  • March 26, 2021: “Why Premodern Critical Race Studies Now? A Conversation with Joyce Green MacDonald and Reginald A. Wilburn”- 3:00-4:30PM CST, on Zoom


  • September 18, 2019: Workshop on reading race and whiteness in early modern texts, featuring Ian Smith (Lafayette).  2:30 in 301 English Building
  • September 18, 2019: Strode Shakespeare Lecture– Ian Smith (Lafayette College)- “When Elvis Meets Hamlet”-  5PM in 301 English Building
  • October 2, 2019:  a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 7:30PM in 30 ten Hoor Hall (Improbable Fictions)
  • October 5, 2019: Strode Graduate Student Conference (301 English Building)
  • October 10-12, 2019: Digitorium Conference – co-sponsored with UA Libraries.  More details at:
  • October 16, 2019: : a staged reading of Milton’s Paradise Regained at 7:30PM in 30 ten Hoor Hall. This reading will also be performed at the 2019 Conference on John Milton in Birmingham the following weekend. (Improbable Fictions)
  • October 17-19: Conference on John Milton in Birmingham.  More details at:
  • February 3, 2019: Strode Shakespeare Lecture– Mihoko Suzuki (Miami)– “Thinking About Beings and Animate Matter: Margaret Cavendish Challenges the Early Modern Order of Things”– 5PM in 301 English Building
  • February 21-22, 2019: Symposium on “The Future of Teaching Shakespeare” in honor of the 30th Anniversary.  More details at:
  • March 2, 2019: Strode Shakespeare Lecture– Julie E. Eckerle (Minnesota, Morris)– title TBA– 5PM in 301 English Building


  • September 17, 2018: Brown-Bag Conversation on Publishing Edited Collections, featuring Jim Casey (Arcadia) and Natalie Loper (Alabama).  Noon in 301 English Building.
  • September 17, 2018: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Jim Casey (Arcadia) – “Shakespeare After Shakespeare: Adaptation, Appropriation, and Afterlives” –  5PM in 301 English Building.
  • October 4-6: Digitorium Conference – co-sponsored with UA Libraries.  More details at:
  • October 17-20: Conference on Religious Life and Culture in Pre-Modern Europe- co-sponsored with History, in conjunction with the University of Dresden, Germany
  • October 19, 2018: Strode Milton Seminar – Feisal Mohamed (CUNY) –  Lecture, “The Political Theology of Betrayal: Schmitt’s Hobbes, and Hobbes’ Uzzah” – 5PM in 301 English Building
  • October 20, 2018: Strode Milton Seminar – Feisal Mohamed (CUNY) –  work-in-progress seminar
  • November 14, 2018: Brown-Bag Conversation on Digital Editing, featuring Kristina Bross (Perdue) and Cassie Smith (Alabama).
  • November 14, 2018: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Kristina Bross (Purdue) – “The “Vertues of Chocolate”; or, A Transatlantic Tale of Gender, Commodities, and Cosmopolitanism” –  5PM in 301 English Building.
  • December 7, 2018: Strode Graduate Student Conference (301 English Building)
  • February 15-16 2019: American Shakespeare Center – The Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale- in conjunction with Samford/Cumberland Law, Birmingham
  • February 26, 2019: Strode Shakespeare Lecture- Brent Griffin (Resurgens Theater Company) –5PM
  • February 26, 2019: Resurgens Theater Company – Thomas Middleton’s The Changeling— 7:30PM in Allen Bales Theater
  • February 27, 2019: Grant and Fellowship Workshop with Steve Hindle (Huntington Library) — 11:30-1:00 in 301 English Building (co-sponsored with History and English)
  • February 27, 2019: Lecture– Steve Hindle (Huntington Library).  Title TBA.  4PM in the Summersell room, ten Hoor Hall (co-sponsored with History and English)
  • March 28, 2019: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Wendy Wall (Northwestern) — 5PM in 301 English Building


  • October 12-14, 2017: Conference on John Milton (Birmingham), featuring keynote speakers John Rumrick (U Texas) and Elizabeth Sauer (U of Toronto).  More details at:
  • October 30, 2017: The Protestant Reformation, 1517-2017, recognizing the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Co-sponsored with the History Department, the School of Music, and the College of Arts and Sciences.  5-7:30PM, Moody Concert Hall.  For more information, see:
  • November 9, 2017: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Jenna Lay (Lehigh) -“Defending Community, Desiring Solitude: Early Modern Women and Biblical Exegesis” – 5PM in 301 English Building.
  • December 8, 2017: Strode Graduate Student Conference (301 English Building)
  • January 23, 2018: Strode Shakespeare Lecture- Roslyn Knutson (U of Arkansas, Little Rock) – ““Obscure No Longer: What’s Hot in Shakespeare Studies” –  5PM in 301 English Building.
  • February 13, 2018: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Susan Harlan (Wake Forest) – “Shakespeare’s Luggage” – 5PM in 301 English Building
  • February 23-24, 2018: Strode Conference: “Teaching Shakespeare In and Beyond the Classroom”
  • April 10, 2018: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Natasha Korda (Wesleyan) – “Much Ado About Ruffs: Labor Time in Feminist Counter-Archives of Early Modernity” –  5PM in 301 English Building.


  • April 27, 2017: Strode Reception – Honoring the paperback release of Hudson Strode’s novel Eleventh House: Memoirs with Don Noble
  • March 22, 2017: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – William Engel (Sewanee) – “Mnemonic Culture in Early Modern England”
  • February 11, 2017: American Shakespeare Center – Romeo and Juliet
  • February 10, 2017: American Shakespeare Center – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • December 2, 2016: Strode Graduate Student Conference
  • November 5, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar – Laura Knoppers (Notre Dame) – “Death’s Grin, or Monstrous Satisfaction in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein
  • November 4, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar – Laura Knoppers (Notre Dame) – “Golden Bands and Gaudy Slaughter: Milton’s Samson Agonistes, Dryden’s All for Love, and the Politics of Luxury”
  • October 10, 2016: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Miles Parks Grier (Queens College, CUNY) – “Scenes from the Transatlantic Career of Blackened Character”
  • September 28, 2016: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Lara Dodds (Mississippi State) – “‘Affected and Disaffected Alike’: Women and Print 1623-1660”


  • April 22-23, 2016: Strode Symposium – “The Poet’s Shakespeare” Symposium – Heather Dubrow (Fordham University) – “Be thou the tenth muse?” – Kimberly Johnson (Brigham Young University) – “Shakespeare and the Grammar of Perception” – Aaron Kunin (Pomona College) – “What’s the Opposite of Negative Capability?” – Malachi Black (University of San Diego) – “Shakespeare in an Age of Incongruity” – Aaron Shurin (University of San Francisco) – “Sometime of the Night” – Greg Miller (Millsaps College) – “‘The act a slave to limit’: Shakespeare and Freedom’s Play of Mind” – Laurie Ann Guerrero (Poet Laureate, state of Texas) – “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes” – Linda Gregerson (University of Michigan) – “Stealth Shakespeare” – Joseph Campana (Rice University) – “Shakespeare’s Curse”
  • February 26-27, 2016: Strode “Why Isn’t Shakespeare Dead?” Symposium – Crystal Bartolovich (Syracuse University) – Why is there Shakespeare Rather than Nothing?” – Richard Burt (University of Florida) “MacDeth” – Susan Bennett (University of Calgary) – “Sponsoring Shakespeare” – Wendy Griswold (Northwestern University) – “Blood and Popcorn” – Melissa Sanchez (University of Pennsylvania) – “Feminism, Heteroeroticism, and Shakespearean Tragedy” – Stephen Guy-Bray (University of British Columbia) – “Shakespeare Without Drama”  – Nigel Smith (Princeton University) – “Shakespeare as a Transnational Phenomenon: The First Hundred Years and the English Revolution” – Diana Henderson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – “‘Because We Are Not’: Living in Shakespearean SpaceTime”
  • February 13, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar – David Loewenstein (Penn State) – “Writing in the Aftermath of Civil War: Paradise Lost, Virgil, and the Politics of Contemporary History”
  • February 12, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar – David Loewenstein (Penn State) – “Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s Mask”
  • December 4, 2015: Strode Lecture – Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler (Texas State U.) – “The Marginalization of Ramism, Its Consequences for Milton Studies, and Why It All Matters Today”
  • December 4, 2015: Strode Graduate Conference on “Writing Early Modern Epic” – More details at:
  • November 12, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Susanna Fein (Kent State U.) – “Seeing Beyond: Late Medieval Devotion and Chaucerian Irony”
  • October 15, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – David Coley (Simon Fraser U.) – “Green Knight, Black Death”
  • September 28, 2015: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Bennett Carpenter (Duke), Laura Goldblatt (U. Virginia), Lenora Hansen (U. Wisconsin), and Andrew Yale (U. Chicago) – “Is The Whole World Going South? Labor, Capital, and Public Education in an Age of Neoliberalization” (Part of MLA Subconference)
  • September 24, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – David Raybin (Eastern Illinois U.) – “Text and Image: Chaucer’s Inspiration for the Canterbury Tales Pilgrimage”
  • September 16, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Catherine Loomis (University of New Orleans) – “The Queen’s Knees: An Open and Shut Case”


  • April 16, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Adam Sexton (Yale) – “Classics, Illustrated: Faithfully Adapting Shakespeare’s Tragedies as Manga”
  • April 9-11, 2015: Strode / ADHC Digital Humanities Conference “Digitorium”
  • March 30, 2015: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) – “The Disorder of Discourse: Digital Models for an Aesthetic Literary Theory” –> Watch a video of this lecture on YouTube
  • March 26, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Suzanne Sutherland (Middle Tennessee State University) – “Visualizing Communities of Knowledge in the Early Modern Republic of Letters”
  • March 9, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Eric Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library) – “A Tour of the Folgersphere: The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Architecture” –> Watch a video of this lecture on YouTube
  • March 1, 2015: Strode Event – Shakespeare’s Hamlet – The American Shakespeare Center’s Method in the Madness tour
  • February 23, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Janelle Jenstad (University of Victoria) – “Building a Digital Gazetteer for Shakespeare’s London” –> Watch a video of this lecture on YouTube
  • February 2, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Rocco Versaci (Palomar College) – “Illustrating the Classics: Literature, Comics, and the Canon”
  • November 10, 2014: Lecture by Strode Graduates – Tim Francisco (UA PhD 2001; Youngstown State) and Sarah Morris (UA MA 2012; Miami University) – “Life After ‘bama”
  • November 8, 2014: Strode Milton Seminar – Paul Stevens (U. Toronto) – “Raphael’s Condescension: Paradise Lost, Jane Austen, and the Secular Displacement of Grace”
  • November 7, 2014: Strode Milton Seminar – Paul Stevens (U. Toronto) – “Sovereignty and the Pre-Secular Politics of Paradise Lost
  • October 23, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop – Steve Burch – “Speak the Speech”
  • October 16, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop – Nic Barilar – “First Folio Techniques”
  • September 25, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop – Sarah Jane Peters – “An Introduction to Shakespearean Acting”
  • September 11, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop – Mark Hughes Cobb – “Rude Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing and Outdoor Performance”


  • April 18, 2014: Strode Graduate Student Conference – Emory at Alabama + Scansion Workshop + The Comedy of Errors staged reading
  • April 14, 2014: Strode Film Screening – Paolo and Vittorio Taviani – Caesar Must Die
  • April 10, 2014: Strode Reading in collaboration with Bankhead Reading series – Valerie Miner and Rick Moody
  • April 2, 2014: Strode Reading – Mary Bly (Fordham University) – “Shakespeare in Love: From the Renaissance to the Regency Romance”
  • March 17, 2014: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Nat Hurley (University of Alberta) – “The Little Transgender Mermaid: A Shape-Shifting Tale”
  • March 3, 2014: Strode Reading – Jean Hegland – “Still Time”
  • February 17, 2014: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Grace Tiffany (Western Michigan University) – “Shakespeare Adapted: A reading of Paint and The Turquoise Ring
  • February 13, 2014: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Kevin Gilmartin (Caltech) – “William Hazlitt’s Dissenting Memory: Criticism, History, Revolution” – cancelled due to weather
  • February 4, 2014: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Jason Powell (Saint Joseph’s University) – “Rediscovering Thomas Wyatt: the Perils and Problems of a New Scholarly Edition”
  • November 15-16, 2013: Shakespeare and American Integration symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of integration at the University of Alabama – Jason Demeter (George Washington University) – “‘The soul of a great white poet’: Shakespearean Educations in the Civil Rights Era” – Stephen Buhler (University of Nebraska) – “The Duke Speaks Out: Integration and Appropriation in Such Sweet Thunder and My People” – Delfeayo Marsalis and his octet Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak (Marsalis’s arrangement and orchestration of Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder [1957]) – Nigel Hatton (University of California, Merced) – “‘To Thine Own Self’: James Baldwin on Shakespeare and the Integration of the English Language” – Delfeayo Marsalis (New Orleans, LA) – “Sweet Thunder: Ellington, Shakespeare, and the Blues” – Keith Miller and Erin McCarthy (Arizona State University) – “Othello’s Blackness after Malcolm X” – Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University) – “Joseph Papp’s Color Blinding” – Joyce MacDonald (University of Kentucky) – “‘You’re all I need to get by’: Rehabilitating Romance in a Black Taming of the Shrew
  • November 12, 2013: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Michael Schoenfeldt (Michigan) – “Lyric Flesh: The Presence of the Body in Renaissance Poetry”
  • October 4, 2013: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – John Plotz (Brandeis) – “What Did Poe Know? A History of Short Story Theory, and a Theory of the Short Story’s History”
  • September 25, 2013: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Ryan Netzley (Southern Illinois-Carbondale) – “George Herbert, Anarchist: Exchange, Debt, and Free Salvation in The Temple”


  • April 25, 26, 27, 2013: Strode “Elemental Ecocriticism” Symposium – Cary Wolfe (Rice University) – “The Biopolitics of Human and Animal Bodies” – Lowell Duckert (West Virginia University) – “Earth” – Karl Steel (Brooklyn College, CUNY) – “Creeping Things, Matter’s Own Life” – Valerie Allen (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) – “Airy Something” – Jeffrey Cohen (George Washington University) – “The Sea Above” – Julian Yates (University of Delaware) – “Wet” – Sharon O’Dair (University of Alabama) – “Muddy Thinking”  – Steve Mentz (St. John’s University) – “Phlogiston” – Anne Harris (DePauw University) – “Pyromena, Fire’s Doing” – Chris Barrett (LSU) – “The Quintessence of Wit: Ether and the Material Joke”
  • March 15, 2013: Strode Milton Seminar – William Shullenberger (Sarah Lawrence College) – “Imagining Eden”
  • February 18, 2013: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Valerie Traub (U. Michigan) – “Shakespeare’s Sex”
  • November 19, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Sujata Iyengar (U. Georgia) – “Shakespeare and the Artist’s Book”
  • October 25, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Susan Frye (U. Wyoming) – “Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in Shakespeare: Contours of Presence and Absence”
  • October 11, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse) – “Monumental Shakespeare”
  • September 17, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Kate McClune (Oxford) – “Queens, Blood, and Family in Malory’s Morte Darthur
  • August 30, 2012: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois U.-Edwardsville) – “Guerrilla Metaphysics, Alien Phenomenology, Massive Addressability, and Other Strange Attractors of a Possible Object Oriented Criticism”


  • April 23, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar – Maggie Kilgour (McGill) – “Much Ado About Hecuba: Shakespeare and the Fall of Troy”
  • April 16, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar – Elizabeth Sauer (Brock) – “Milton, Spain, and Latin America: The Scale of Toleration”
  • April 12, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Julie Sanders (Nottingham) – “Craft and Creativity: Shakespeare Then and Now”
  • April 5, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar – Nigel Smith (Princeton) – “Andrew Marvell’s Sense of Humor”
  • March 26, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar – Ken Hiltner (UCSB) – “Putting Milton in the Cloud: The Milton Society Digital Edition Project”
  • March 19, 2012: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Deanna Kreisel (UBC) – “Blood Banks: Dracula and the Utopian Promise of Vampirism”
  • March 6, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar- Steve Fallon (Notre Dame) – “‘Inspired with Contradiction'”: John Milton’s Conflicting Certainties”
  • February 27, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar – Heather Dubrow (Fordham) – “‘Wanting form’?: New Approaches to the Early Modern Ephithalamium and Other Poetry”


  • March 5, 2011: Strode “Digital Humanities” Symposium – Christie Carson (Royal Holloway, University of London) – “Early Modern Theatre (EMLoT) Online: Exploring Multiple Histories” – Jennifer Boyle (Coastal Carolina University) – “Hacking the New Humanities: The Virtual Sovereign in Thomas Hobbes and Militant Video Games” – Richard Cunningham (Acadia University) – “INKE at 1: The First Year (and a half) of a Major Digital Humanities Initiative” – Patricia Fumerton (UC Santa Barbara) – “Vexed Impressions: Toward a Digital Archive of Broadside Ballad Illustrations” – Kevin Kee (Brock University) – “Fiddling While Rome Burns: Why Digital Humanists Should Be More Like Nero”
  • November 16, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Karis Shearer (Vanderbilt) – “Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Writers’ Interventions in the Development of Canadian Literature”
  • November 5, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Laura Rosenthal (U. Maryland, College Park) – “All Roads Lead to Rhodes: Theater and Cosmopolitanism in the Restoration”
  • October 23, 2010: Strode Milton Seminar – Joe Wittreich (CUNY) – “The New Milton Criticism”
  • October 22, 2010: Strode Milton Seminar – Joe Wittreich (CUNY) – “Lost Paradise Regained: The Twin Halves of Milton’s Epic Vision”
  • October 18, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Nadine Hubbs (U. Michigan) – “Unfathomable Subjects: Rednecks, Queers, and Country”


  • April 15, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Wayne Koestenbaum (CUNY Graduate Center) – “The Anatomy of Harpo Marx”
  • March 9, 2010: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Naomi Conn Liebler (Montclair State U.) – “The Wolf/Man’s Lament: King Lear and Howling”
  • February 25, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Jane Gallop (U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee) – “The Ethics of Close Reading”
  • January 30, 2010: Strode “Local Readings” Symposium – Angela Balla (UA-Huntsville) – “Neighborliness and Toleration in Herbert’s The Temple” – Joseph Navitsky (U. Southern Miss) – “‘Sportive Malice’ and the Rhetoric of Humiliation in Shakespeare’s Mid-career Drama” – Robert Sawyer (Eastern Tennesse State U.) – “Shakespeare and Marlowe: Rewriting the Rivalry” – Deneen Senasai (Mercer U.) – “A Speaking Likeness: Heteroglossic Silence in the Lives of Early Modern Women”- Alison Chapman (UAB) – “Reforming the Saints: the Holy Women of Milton’sComus and the Holy Women of Catholic Wales” – Anthony Welch (U. Tennesse-Knoxville) – “John Milton’s Voice”
  • October 19, 2009: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Maria Dibattista (Princeton) – “Joking Apart: The Sublime and Ridiculous in Women’s Writing”
  • October 3, 2009: Strode Milton Seminar – Stella Revard (Southern Illinois U.) – “The Design of the 1645 Poems”
  • October 2, 2009: Strode Milton Seminar – Stella Revard (Southern Illinois U.) – “Milton and Classical Literature: Ovid, Homer, and Virgil”


  • April 16, 2009: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Rick Rambuss (Emory; Visiting Strode Professor) – “Mardi Gras Shakespeare”
  • March 24, 2009: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern University) – All is Not Glossed: Editing Shakespeare and the History of Sexuality”
  • February 12, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – David Lee Miller (U. Southern California) – “The Voice of Caesar’s Wounds”
  • November 21, 2008: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – Kathryn Stockton (U. Utah) – “Theorizing the Queer Child: Henry James, NAMBLA, and Venus in Furs
  • October 28, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Aaron Kunin (Pomona) – “Banish the World: A Project for Shakespearean Pastoral”
  • October 25, 2008: Strode Symposium “Shakespeare’s Love Triangles” – Kathryn Schwarz (Vanderbilt) – “Monogamy and Death” – Edward Geisweidt (U. Alabama) – “‘I have not Placed all my Treasures in One Bottom’: Triangulated Desire and Queer Kinship in The Merchant of Venice” – Jonathan Goldberg (Emory) – “What do Women Want?” – Madhavi Menon (American U.) – “Coriolanus and I” – Daniel Juan Gil (Texas Christian U.) – “Geometries of the Flesh: Humoral Bonding and the Breakdown of Sovereignty” – Carla Freccero (UC, Santa Cruz) – “Romeo and Juliet Love Death”


  • April 22, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Lisa Myobun Freinkel (U. Oregon) – “Takuan’s Sword and the Koan of Macbeth
  • February 26, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Michael Schoenfeldt (U. Michigan) – “Aesthetics and Anesthetics: The Art of Pain Management in Early Modern England”
  • February 12, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – David Lee Miller (U. Southern California) – “The Voice of Caesar’s Wounds”
  • September 8, 2007: Strode “Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Katrina” Symposium – Richelle Munkhoff (U. Colorado, Boulder, formerly Tulane U.) – “‘The rack dislimns’: Figuring Mississippi and New Orleans After Katrina” – Bill Boelhower (LSU) – “Owning the Weather: Teaching The Tempest after Katrina” – Catherine Loomis (UNC Greensboro, formerly U. New Orleans) – “‘Not what we ought to say’:  Katrina, King Lear, and Academic Identity” – Clare Moncrief  (Tulane University) -“Shakespeare after Katrina: Observations from Inside the Tempest” – Susannah Monta (Notre Dame) – “Hurricanes and Hampton Court” – Malcolm Richardson (LSU) – “Heath-Steppers and their Heath after Katrina”


  • April 14, 2007: Strode “Shakespeare and the Civic” Symposium – Kate McLuskie (The Shakespeare Institute) – “‘The cause of wit in other men’: Shakespeare and the occasions of leadership'” – Scott Newstok (Yale/Gustavus Adolphus College) –  “Civics Lessens:  Un-condensing the Seminar” – Richard Burt (U. Florida) – “A Credit to his Race:  The Cinematic ShakesPR Paratext” – Don Hedrick (Kansas State U) – “Theatocracy and Entertainment Culture” – Amy Scott-Douglass (Denison U.) – “Shakespeare Goes to Washington: Military and Civic Programs during the Bush Administration” – Sharon O’Dair (U. Alabama) – “Virtually There:  Shakespeare and Tourism in the 21st Century.”
  • April 13, 2007: Strode Workshop – Nicholas Janni (Olivier Mythodrama) – “Influential Leadership:  Lessons from Julius Caesar
  • April 10, 2007: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture – David Turley (U. Kent) – “Liberals versus Evangelicals in Early 19th Century Boston: Religion, Approaches to Reform, and How Dealing with Slavery Stymied them All”


  • March 25, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Francois Laroque (Sorbonne) – “‘I’ll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer’: Erotic fantasies and gender relations in Shakespeare’s Venus and AdonisA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra.
  • February 25, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Julian Yates (U. Delaware) – “Shakespeare’s Oranges”
  • February 18, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Donna Landry (Wayne State U.) – “The Picturesque Invention of the Countryside” – Gerald MacLean (Wayne State U.) – “Don Juan in England: Or, the Disappearance of the Countryside”
  • February 10, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Elisabeth LeGuin (UCLA) – “Man and Horse in Harmony”
  • January 28, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture – Erica Fudge (Middlesex) – “Morocco the Intelligent Horse and the Spectre of Animal Rationality in Early Modern Thought”

Prior (Year Unknown)

  • “Mapping Seduction: Shakespeare, Popular Romance & Homeland Security.” Mary Bly, Fordham University. Thursday, November 13th, 5pm.
  • “A People’s Pocket Whitman: The History of Sexuality and History of the Book.” Jay Grossman, Northwestern University. Wednesday, March 25th, 5pm.
  • “Shakespeare and the Politics of Storytelling.” Alan Sinfield, Reader in English, School of Cultural and Community Studies, University of Sussex. Monday, April, 16th, 4pm.
  • “Mankind Witches: Masculine Women in Renaissance England.” Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University. Monday, March 26, 8pm.
  • “Shakesepare: Feminism, Sexualities, and Gender Critique.” Jonathan Dollimore, Senior Lecturer, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex. Tuesday, April 17, 4pm.
  • “Ganymede and the Erotics of Humanism.” Leonard Barkan, Franklin Bliss Snyder Professor of English and Art History, Northwestern University. Friday, March 23, 7pm.
  • “When is a character not a character?” Alan Sinfield, Reader in English, School of Cultural and Community Studies, University of Sussex. Tuesday, April 10, 4pm.
  • “Call me Ganymede: Shakespeare’s Apprentices and the Representation of Women.” Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University. Monday, March 19, 1990, 4pm.
  • “The Cultural Politics of Perversion: St. Augustine, Shakespeare, Freud, Foucault.” Jonathan Dollimore, Senior Lecturer, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex. Monday, April 9, 4pm.