Students from across New England to attend Shakespeare Conference at Assumption

Assumption College will host the 11th annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference on Saturday, April 21. This year’s conference theme is “Shakespeare Recycled,” and the plenary speaker will be Brian Walsh, assistant professor of English in the Renaissance Studies Program at Yale University. Assumption College, The Hanover Theatre, and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium are the conference sponsors.

Papers that were researched and written by undergraduate college and university students from across New England will be presented at the conference. Some of the topics will be: explorations of Shakespeare’s work—such as his language and characterization—on stage and film; an analysis of Shakespeare’s works in adaptation, or as adaptation; an analysis of the ways Shakespeare’s works recycle or reuse sources, early modern textual materials, or early modern cultural ideas; and discussions of Shakespeare’s work in modern life, culture, and politics.

This year’s conference will also include an Access Hanover Lyceum Series performance of “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” including monologues directed and performed by Assumption College alum John Plough, MFA candidate in performance at the University of Georgia, and scenes directed by Assumption College Professor Brian Tivnan and performed by Assumption College theatre arts students.

A shuttle bus to the Hanover Theatre from Assumption is planned.

For more information, contact Assumption College Professor Allison Meyer at

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