Shakespeare conference explores love and honor

Though written amid the tumultuous political and religious strife in Elizabethan England, the themes of love and honor still resonate strongly 400 years later for the Shakespeare scholars who traveled to Assumption from colleges and universities across the nation to participate in October’s innovative multidisciplinary conference, “Love and Honor in Shakespeare.”

Organized by Bernard “B.J.” Dobski, an associate professor of Political Science at Assumption, the conference attracted 30 Shakespeare scholars from a variety of disciplines, including English literature, political science, philosophy and rhetoric studies. These scholars delivered papers on thematically organized panels distributed across several sessions over three days.

“Shakespeare portrays human longings within a political framework,” Dobski said in a welcome to conference participants. “We turn to Shakespeare because he offers us perhaps the greatest guide to understanding Western civilization of which Catholicism plays such a rich part…He is a bridge between the pre-Christian West, the Christian West and a modern West which seems to do everything it can to free itself from its Christian heritage.”

By continually returning to Shakespeare’s plays and poetry to reflect on how he depicts human longing and its consequences, “we are also reminded of the timeless genius of Shakespeare as poet, dramatist, artist, and thinker,” Dobski believes.

The keynote address, deleivered by University of Dallas professor John Alvis, is embedded below.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews