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“‘As from a voyage rich with merchandise’: Returns from the Folger Institute”

April 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of UB’s Membership in the Folger Institute

Symposium Schedule

11:00-11:30: Introduction and welcome

Barbara Bono, UB Folger representative
Jim Swan, UB Folger Institute initiator
Robin Schulze, UB Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

11:30-12:30: “‘Purchased by the weight’: The Color of Suits in The Merchant of Venice”

Olga Valbuena-Hanson (UB Comparative Literature 1990), Associate Professor, English, Wake Forest University
Moderator: Claire Schen, UB History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

12:30-1:30: Lunch – Capen 320

1:30-3:00: Keynote: “Shakespeare’s Freedom of Speech: The Politics of Blank Verse.”

Dympna Callaghan, William. Safire Professor of Modern Letters, Syracuse University
(Dympna was President of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2010-2013 and recently co-edited, with Suzanne Gossett, the volume Shakespeare in Our Time, prepared on behalf of the Shakespeare Association of America to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.)
Moderator: Graham Hammill, UB English and Dean of the Graduate School

3:00-4:00: “’Thinking makes it so’: Constructing Shakespeare in the Classroom”

Kevin Costa (UB English, 2006 ), Director of Innovation & Learning, McDonogh School, Education Director and actor/director The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Moderator: Barbara Bono, UB English

4:00-5:00: “Early Modern Literature and Science 2.0”

Howard Marchitello (UB English, 1990 ), Professor, English, and Associate Dean for Research and the Graduate School, Rutgers University-Camden
Moderator: Jim Bono, UB History

This symposium is held in conjunction with a University Libraries exhibit on the Folger Institute and Early Modern Studies at UB.

Sponsored by the UB Humanities Institute, the Early Modern Research Workshop, and the University Libraries and the Poetry Collection, with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Art, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Jewish Thought, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Romance Languages and Literatures, Theatre and Dance and the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement



April 20, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Early Modern Research Workshop


Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall