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The Eleventh Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

Shakespeare Recycled
Saturday, April 21st, 2012


Assumption College will host the 11th annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The conference will feature undergraduate students from across New England presenting papers on Shakespeare, a luncheon followed by a lecture from guest speaker Professor Brian Walsh of Yale University, and a theater presentation of scenes from Shakespeare's plays at the Hanover Theatre.


View the conference program here.


Undergraduate Papers Invited
Papers can focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Explorations of Shakespeare's work—such as his language and characterization—on stage and film;
  • Analysis of Shakespeare's works in adaptation, or as adaptation;
  • 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

Proposal Deadline
Proposals can be submitted online between February 1 and March 22 via the Colleges of Worcester Consortium Shakespeare Conference page.


Guest Speaker

Brian Walsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English in the Renaissance Studies Program
Yale University

Brian Walsh’s research interests have centered on how Shakespeare and his contemporaries used dramatic performance as a means to explore history: not merely the facts of history, or the topical uses to which it might be put, but the very concept of history itself. This work culminated in his 2009 book Shakespeare, the Queen’s Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History (Cambridge UP), which won the 2010 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication at Yale.


Access Hanover Lyceum Series Performance: “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits”

  • Monologues directed and performed by Assumption College alum John Plough, MFA candidate in performance at the University of Georgia
  • Scenes directed by Brian Tivnan and performed by Assumption College theatre arts students.

Directions, campus map and parking:
(Testa Science Center is building # 7; park in the lower level of the Chapel Parking Deck.)

Free shuttle service to and from the Hanover Theatre will be available.


Registration Fee: $10 (Lunch is included.)
Register online and pay by credit card through PayPal here:
Registration deadline: April 13 (walk-in registration by check or cash only and subject to availability)


This year's conference is sponsored by Assumption College, the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, and the Hanover Theatre.


For more information, contact Professor Allison Meyer at