Throughout the spring of 2013, the University of Colorado at Boulder will be celebrating the work of William Shakespeare. A series of free events, occurring every Wednesday from January through May, will explore Shakespeare from all points of view: theater, film, history, poetry, literature, and more. Distinguished artists and scholars from CU and elsewhere will collaborate in bringing to life the ideas and writings of the English language's greatest author.


Also this spring, February 15-24, the Department of Theatre and Dance will be staging As You Like It. For more information, go here.


Then in March, CU Opera will be presenting Verdi's last opera, Falstaff, on March 15-17. For more information, go here.


All of that leads into the Summer 2013 season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. This summer's productions include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II, and Macbeth.


Finally, for students interested in studying abroad this summer, there's "Shakespeare On-Site," a CU Global Seminar, which allows students to study the works of the world's greatest playwright on location in England. And here in Boulder there's a special class, ENGL 3573 (Shakespeare in Performance), taught by a visiting FIRST scholar, Professor Emeritus Harry Berger, Jr., UC Santa Cruz.





January 16

Stratford or Oxford? A Discussion of the Shakespearean Authorship Question

Participants: Katherine Eggert (English), Bob Bows (KUVO-FM), Philip Sneed (Colorado Shakespeare Festival)

Place: British Studies Room (Norlin Library, 5th floor)

Time: 7:30pm


January 23

Shakespeare and Violence Prevention in Colorado Schools: Twelfth Night and The Tempest

Participants: Amanda Giguere and Timothy Orr (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Place: Institute of Behavioral Science, first-floor conference room

Time: noon


January 30

Shakespeare, War, Soldiers

Participants: R L Widmann (English), with Hanna Gonzales (MA candidate, English) and Cary Haun (MA candidate, Comparative Literature)

Place: Humanities 150

Time: 5:00pm


Plus on Saturday, February 2, attend the English Department's Literary Brunch series: "Shakespeare in Film," with R L Widmann (UMC 425, 10:30-11:30am)


February 6

A Bollywood Othello : Screening Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara

Participant: Laura Brueck (Center for Asian Studies)

Place: Humanities 1B50

Time: 7:00pm


Also this week, on Friday Feb. 8th, the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies presents a Brown Bag Talk by visiting speaker David Schalkwyk (Folger Shakespeare, and University of Cape Town) on "The Signatures of the Robben Island Shakespeare." In UMC Rooms 415-17.


February 13

Can You "Like" It?: Contemporary Actors and the Challenges of Shakespeare's Language

Participants: Lynn Nichols (Theatre and Dance), Sam Sandoe and Shirley Carnahan (Shakespeare Oratorio Society)

Place: University Theatre, The Movement Studio

Time: 3-4:15pm


February 20

Revisiting Bohannan's "Shakespeare in the Bush": A West African Interpretation of Hamlet

Participants: Laura DeLuca (Anthropology), Ajume Wingo (Philosophy), Myles Osborne (History), Mara Goldman (Geography), Alphonse Keasley (Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement)

Place: Humanities 135

Time: 4-6pm


February 27

Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils: Shakespeare into Opera

Participants: David Rollman and cast members from Falstaff

Place: British Studies Room (Norlin Library, 5th floor)

Time: 7:30pm


March 6

Philosophy and Film: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Participant: Brian Talbot (Philosophy)

Place: Hellems 252

Time: 6-10pm


March 13

Shakespeare in Mask: A Magical Journey

Participants: Tamara Meneghini (Theatre) and her students

Place: Movement Room (Theatre Building)

Time: 11:00am


Also on March 13, CU Opera is holding a brown-bag lunch preview of Falstaff, in the Imig Music Theatre, at noon.


March 20

Shakespeare's Ambiguities: That's True Too

Participant: Ralph Williams (University of Michigan)

Place: British Studies Room (Norlin Library, 5th floor)

Time: 7:30pm


April 3

Stella Sings (and Shakespeare Listens!): A New View on the Role of Music in the Sidney/Shakespeare Cultural Divide

Participant: Jeremy Smith (Music)

Place: British Studies Room (Norlin Library, 5th floor)

Time: 4:00pm


April 10

Hamlet at the World Affairs Conference

Participants: Gordon Adams, Michael Almereyda, Jay M. Parker, Micah Abram (moderator)

Place: Old Main Chapel

Time: 1-2:20pm


April 17

Movies & Methods: Looking at Romeo and Juliet in Film. Romeo and Juliet (George Cukor, 1936), West Side Story (Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, 1961), Romeo & Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968) and Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman, 1996).

Participant: Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz

Place: ATLAS 100

Time: 4-6pm


Plus two bonus Shakespeare-related films this week, at CU's International Film Series: the Taviani brothers' new film "Caesar Must Die" (Italy, 2012) on April 16, and Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (Japan, 1957) on April 17.


April 24

"Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak." (In honor of Shakespeare's birthday)

Participants: Anne Sandoe, Giulia Bernardini, and Shirley Carnahan, with the Boulder Renaissance Consort

Place: Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe

Time: 7:00pm


Also, a day earlier (April 23), Jim Palmer (Film Studies) will present a lecture: "Shakespeare, Psychology, and The King's Speech, in Hale 230, 4-6pm.


May 1 **Because of weather, rescheduled for May 8**

Richard II: Lighting the Fuse of the Wars of the Roses

Participants: Paul Hammer (History) and Jim Symons (Theatre)

Place: British Studies Room (Norlin Library, 5th floor)

Time: 7:30pm

Professor Hammer's paper on Richard II.