Lectures & Symposia

Lectures in the Age of Shakespeare / Symposia / Lectures in Literary Criticism and Theory / Southeast Milton Seminar / Shakespeare in Performance Workshops

The Strode Lectures in the Age of Shakespeare bring to campus distinguished scholars of the early modern period. They usually focus on a theme, such as “Computing in Renaissance Studies” or “The Early Modern Natural World.”

Symposia scheduled as part of the Strode Lectures have included “Shakespeare and Civic Leadership” in Spring 2007; “Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Katrina” in Fall 2007; “Shakespeare’s Love Triangles” in Fall 2008; “Local Readings on the Renaissance” in Spring 2010; the “Digital Humanities Symposium” in Spring 2011; “Elemental Ecocriticism” in Spring 2013; “Shakespeare and American Integration” in Fall 2013; and "Digitorium" in Spring 2015. In Spring 2016, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we will host two symposia--"Why Isn't Shakespeare Dead?" in February and "The Poet's Shakespeare" in April.

In Fall 2006, the Strode Lectures began a series on Literary Criticism and Theory. 

In Fall 2009, the Strode Program hosted the first South East Milton Seminar, which brings a noted Miltonist to campus to lecture and to workshop current research. 

In Fall 2014, the Strode Program began sponsoring a series of Shakespeare in Performance workshops.

Upcoming Events

  • September 2017: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Steve Hindle (The Huntington) - Title TBA

Past Lectures, Symposia, and Seminars


  • April 27, 2017: Strode Reception - Honoring the paperback release of Hudson Strode's novel Eleventh House: Memoirs with Don Noble
  • March 22, 2017: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - William Engel (Sewanee) - "Mnemonic Culture in Early Modern England"
  • February 11, 2017: American Shakespeare Center - Romeo and Juliet
  • February 10, 2017: American Shakespeare Center - The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • December 2, 2016: Strode Graduate Student Conference
  • November 5, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar - Laura Knoppers (Notre Dame) - "Death's Grin, or Monstrous Satisfaction in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein"
  • November 4, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar - Laura Knoppers (Notre Dame) - "Golden Bands and Gaudy Slaughter: Milton's Samson Agonistes, Dryden's All for Love, and the Politics of Luxury"
  • October 10, 2016: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Miles Parks Grier (Queens College, CUNY) - "Scenes from the Transatlantic Career of Blackened Character"
  • September 28, 2016: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Lara Dodds (Mississippi State) - "'Affected and Disaffected Alike': Women and Print 1623-1660"


  • April 22-23, 2016: Strode Symposium - "The Poet's Shakespeare" Symposium - Heather Dubrow (Fordham University) - "Be thou the tenth muse?" - Kimberly Johnson (Brigham Young University) - "Shakespeare and the Grammar of Perception" - Aaron Kunin (Pomona College) - "What's the Opposite of Negative Capability?" - Malachi Black (University of San Diego) - "Shakespeare in an Age of Incongruity" - Aaron Shurin (University of San Francisco) - "Sometime of the Night" - Greg Miller (Millsaps College) - "'The act a slave to limit': Shakespeare and Freedom's Play of Mind" - Laurie Ann Guerrero (Poet Laureate, state of Texas) - "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes" - Linda Gregerson (University of Michigan) - "Stealth Shakespeare" - Joseph Campana (Rice University) - "Shakespeare's Curse"
  • February 26-27, 2016: Strode "Why Isn't Shakespeare Dead?" Symposium - Crystal Bartolovich (Syracuse University) - Why is there Shakespeare Rather than Nothing?" - Richard Burt (University of Florida) "MacDeth" - Susan Bennett (University of Calgary) - "Sponsoring Shakespeare" - Wendy Griswold (Northwestern University) - "Blood and Popcorn" - Melissa Sanchez (University of Pennsylvania) - "Feminism, Heteroeroticism, and Shakespearean Tragedy" - Stephen Guy-Bray (University of British Columbia) - "Shakespeare Without Drama"  - Nigel Smith (Princeton University) - "Shakespeare as a Transnational Phenomenon: The First Hundred Years and the English Revolution" - Diana Henderson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) - "'Because We Are Not': Living in Shakespearean SpaceTime"
  • February 13, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar - David Loewenstein (Penn State) - "Writing in the Aftermath of Civil War: Paradise Lost, Virgil, and the Politics of Contemporary History"
  • February 12, 2016: Strode Milton Seminar - David Loewenstein (Penn State) - "Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's Mask"
  • December 4, 2015: Strode Lecture - Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler (Texas State U.) - "The Marginalization of Ramism, Its Consequences for Milton Studies, and Why It All Matters Today"
  • December 4, 2015: Strode Graduate Conference on "Writing Early Modern Epic" - More details at: http://epicwriting.as.ua.edu/epic-graduate-conference/
  • November 12, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Susanna Fein (Kent State U.) - "Seeing Beyond: Late Medieval Devotion and Chaucerian Irony"
  • October 15, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - David Coley (Simon Fraser U.) - "Green Knight, Black Death"
  • September 28, 2015: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Bennett Carpenter (Duke), Laura Goldblatt (U. Virginia), Lenora Hansen (U. Wisconsin), and Andrew Yale (U. Chicago) - "Is The Whole World Going South? Labor, Capital, and Public Education in an Age of Neoliberalization" (Part of MLA Subconference)
  • September 24, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - David Raybin (Eastern Illinois U.) - "Text and Image: Chaucer's Inspiration for the Canterbury Tales Pilgrimage"
  • September 16, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Catherine Loomis (University of New Orleans) - "The Queen's Knees: An Open and Shut Case"


  • April 16, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Adam Sexton (Yale) - "Classics, Illustrated: Faithfully Adapting Shakespeare's Tragedies as Manga" 
  • April 9-11, 2015: Strode / ADHC Digital Humanities Conference "Digitorium"
  • March 30, 2015: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) - "The Disorder of Discourse: Digital Models for an Aesthetic Literary Theory" --> Watch a video of this lecture on YouTube
  • March 26, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Suzanne Sutherland (Middle Tennessee State University) - "Visualizing Communities of Knowledge in the Early Modern Republic of Letters"
  • March 9, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Eric Johnson (Folger Shakespeare Library) - "A Tour of the Folgersphere: The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Architecture" --> Watch a video of this lecture on YouTube
  • March 1, 2015: Strode Event - Shakespeare's Hamlet - The American Shakespeare Center's Method in the Madness tour
  • February 23, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Janelle Jenstad (University of Victoria) - "Building a Digital Gazetteer for Shakespeare’s London" --> Watch a video of this lecture on YouTube
  • February 2, 2015: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Rocco Versaci (Palomar College) - "Illustrating the Classics: Literature, Comics, and the Canon"
  • November 10, 2014: Lecture by Strode Graduates - Tim Francisco (UA PhD 2001; Youngstown State) and Sarah Morris (UA MA 2012; Miami University) - "Life After 'bama"
  • November 8, 2014: Strode Milton Seminar - Paul Stevens (U. Toronto) - "Raphael's Condescension: Paradise Lost, Jane Austen, and the Secular Displacement of Grace"
  • November 7, 2014: Strode Milton Seminar - Paul Stevens (U. Toronto) - "Sovereignty and the Pre-Secular Politics of Paradise Lost"
  • October 23, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop - Steve Burch - "Speak the Speech"
  • October 16, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop - Nic Barilar - "First Folio Techniques"
  • September 25, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop - Sarah Jane Peters - "An Introduction to Shakespearean Acting"
  • September 11, 2014: Shakespeare in Performance Workshop - Mark Hughes Cobb - "Rude Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing and Outdoor Performance"


  • April 18, 2014: Strode Graduate Student Conference - Emory at Alabama + Scansion Workshop + The Comedy of Errors staged reading
  • April 14, 2014: Strode Film Screening - Paolo and Vittorio Taviani - Caesar Must Die
  • April 10, 2014: Strode Reading in collaboration with Bankhead Reading series - Valerie Miner and Rick Moody
  • April 2, 2014: Strode Reading - Mary Bly (Fordham University) - "Shakespeare in Love: From the Renaissance to the Regency Romance"
  • March 17, 2014: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Nat Hurley (University of Alberta) - "The Little Transgender Mermaid: A Shape-Shifting Tale"
  • March 3, 2014: Strode Reading - Jean Hegland - "Still Time"
  • February 17, 2014: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Grace Tiffany (Western Michigan University) - "Shakespeare Adapted: A reading of Paint and The Turquoise Ring"
  • February 13, 2014: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Kevin Gilmartin (Caltech) - "William Hazlitt's Dissenting Memory: Criticism, History, Revolution" - cancelled due to weather
  • February 4, 2014: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Jason Powell (Saint Joseph's University) - "Rediscovering Thomas Wyatt: the Perils and Problems of a New Scholarly Edition"
  • November 15-16, 2013: Shakespeare and American Integration symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of integration at the University of Alabama - Jason Demeter (George Washington University) - "'The soul of a great white poet': Shakespearean Educations in the Civil Rights Era" - Stephen Buhler (University of Nebraska) - "The Duke Speaks Out: Integration and Appropriation in Such Sweet Thunder and My People" - Delfeayo Marsalis and his octet Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak (Marsalis's arrangement and orchestration of Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder [1957]) - Nigel Hatton (University of California, Merced) - "'To Thine Own Self': James Baldwin on Shakespeare and the Integration of the English Language" - Delfeayo Marsalis (New Orleans, LA) - "Sweet Thunder: Ellington, Shakespeare, and the Blues" - Keith Miller and Erin McCarthy (Arizona State University) - "Othello's Blackness after Malcolm X" - Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University) - "Joseph Papp's Color Blinding" - Joyce MacDonald (University of Kentucky) - "'You're all I need to get by': Rehabilitating Romance in a Black Taming of the Shrew"
  • November 12, 2013: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Michael Schoenfeldt (Michigan) - "Lyric Flesh: The Presence of the Body in Renaissance Poetry"
  • October 4, 2013: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - John Plotz (Brandeis) - "What Did Poe Know? A History of Short Story Theory, and a Theory of the Short Story's History"
  • September 25, 2013: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Ryan Netzley (Southern Illinois-Carbondale) - "George Herbert, Anarchist: Exchange, Debt, and Free Salvation in The Temple"


  • April 25, 26, 27, 2013: Strode "Elemental Ecocriticism" Symposium - Cary Wolfe (Rice University) - “The Biopolitics of Human and Animal Bodies” - Lowell Duckert (West Virginia University) - “Earth” - Karl Steel (Brooklyn College, CUNY) - “Creeping Things, Matter's Own Life” - Valerie Allen (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) - “Airy Something” - Jeffrey Cohen (George Washington University) - “The Sea Above” - Julian Yates (University of Delaware) - “Wet” - Sharon O’Dair (University of Alabama) - “Muddy Thinking”  - Steve Mentz (St. John’s University) - “Phlogiston” - Anne Harris (DePauw University) - “Pyromena, Fire’s Doing” - Chris Barrett (LSU) - “The Quintessence of Wit: Ether and the Material Joke”
  • March 15, 2013: Strode Milton Seminar - William Shullenberger (Sarah Lawrence College) - "Imagining Eden"
  • February 18, 2013: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Valerie Traub (U. Michigan) - "Shakespeare's Sex"
  • November 19, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Sujata Iyengar (U. Georgia) - "Shakespeare and the Artist's Book"
  • October 25, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Susan Frye (U. Wyoming) - "Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in Shakespeare: Contours of Presence and Absence"
  • October 11, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse) - "Monumental Shakespeare"
  • September 17, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Kate McClune (Oxford) - "Queens, Blood, and Family in Malory's Morte Darthur"
  • August 30, 2012: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois U.-Edwardsville) - "Guerrilla Metaphysics, Alien Phenomenology, Massive Addressability, and Other Strange Attractors of a Possible Object Oriented Criticism"


  • April 23, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar - Maggie Kilgour (McGill) - "Much Ado About Hecuba: Shakespeare and the Fall of Troy"
  • April 16, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar - Elizabeth Sauer (Brock) - "Milton, Spain, and Latin America: The Scale of Toleration"
  • April 12, 2012: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Julie Sanders (Nottingham) - "Craft and Creativity: Shakespeare Then and Now"
  • April 5, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar - Nigel Smith (Princeton) - "Andrew Marvell's Sense of Humor"
  • March 26, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar - Ken Hiltner (UCSB) - "Putting Milton in the Cloud: The Milton Society Digital Edition Project"
  • March 19, 2012: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Deanna Kreisel (UBC) - "Blood Banks: Dracula and the Utopian Promise of Vampirism"
  • March 6, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar- Steve Fallon (Notre Dame) - "'Inspired with Contradiction'": John Milton's Conflicting Certainties"
  • February 27, 2012: Strode Milton Seminar - Heather Dubrow (Fordham) - "'Wanting form'?: New Approaches to the Early Modern Ephithalamium and Other Poetry"


  • March 5, 2011: Strode "Digital Humanities" Symposium - Christie Carson (Royal Holloway, University of London) - "Early Modern Theatre (EMLoT) Online: Exploring Multiple Histories" - Jennifer Boyle (Coastal Carolina University) - "Hacking the New Humanities: The Virtual Sovereign in Thomas Hobbes and Militant Video Games" - Richard Cunningham (Acadia University) - "INKE at 1: The First Year (and a half) of a Major Digital Humanities Initiative" - Patricia Fumerton (UC Santa Barbara) - "Vexed Impressions: Toward a Digital Archive of Broadside Ballad Illustrations" - Kevin Kee (Brock University) - "Fiddling While Rome Burns: Why Digital Humanists Should Be More Like Nero"
  • November 16, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Karis Shearer (Vanderbilt) - "Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Writers' Interventions in the Development of Canadian Literature"
  • November 5, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Laura Rosenthal (U. Maryland, College Park) - "All Roads Lead to Rhodes: Theater and Cosmopolitanism in the Restoration"  
  • October 23, 2010: Strode Milton Seminar - Joe Wittreich (CUNY) - "The New Milton Criticism"
  • October 22, 2010: Strode Milton Seminar - Joe Wittreich (CUNY) - "Lost Paradise Regained: The Twin Halves of Milton's Epic Vision"
  • October 18, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Nadine Hubbs (U. Michigan) - "Unfathomable Subjects: Rednecks, Queers, and Country"


  • April 15, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Wayne Koestenbaum (CUNY Graduate Center) - "The Anatomy of Harpo Marx"
  • March 9, 2010: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Naomi Conn Liebler (Montclair State U.) - "The Wolf/Man's Lament: King Lear and Howling"
  • February 25, 2010: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Jane Gallop (U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee) - "The Ethics of Close Reading"
  • January 30, 2010: Strode "Local Readings" Symposium - Angela Balla (UA-Huntsville) - "Neighborliness and Toleration in Herbert's The Temple" - Joseph Navitsky (U. Southern Miss) - "'Sportive Malice' and the Rhetoric of Humiliation in Shakespeare's Mid-career Drama" - Robert Sawyer (Eastern Tennesse State U.) - "Shakespeare and Marlowe: Rewriting the Rivalry" - Deneen Senasai (Mercer U.) - "A Speaking Likeness: Heteroglossic Silence in the Lives of Early Modern Women"- Alison Chapman (UAB) - "Reforming the Saints: the Holy Women of Milton'sComus and the Holy Women of Catholic Wales" - Anthony Welch (U. Tennesse-Knoxville) - "John Milton's Voice"
  • October 19, 2009: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Maria Dibattista (Princeton) - "Joking Apart: The Sublime and Ridiculous in Women's Writing"
  • October 3, 2009: Strode Milton Seminar - Stella Revard (Southern Illinois U.) - "The Design of the 1645 Poems"
  • October 2, 2009: Strode Milton Seminar - Stella Revard (Southern Illinois U.) - "Milton and Classical Literature: Ovid, Homer, and Virgil"


  • April 16, 2009: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Rick Rambuss (Emory; Visiting Strode Professor) - "Mardi Gras Shakespeare"
  • March 24, 2009: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern University) - All is Not Glossed: Editing Shakespeare and the History of Sexuality"
  • February 12, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - David Lee Miller (U. Southern California) - "The Voice of Caesar's Wounds"
  • November 21, 2008: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - Kathryn Stockton (U. Utah) - "Theorizing the Queer Child: Henry James, NAMBLA, and Venus in Furs"
  • October 28, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Aaron Kunin (Pomona) - "Banish the World: A Project for Shakespearean Pastoral"
  • October 25, 2008: Strode Symposium "Shakespeare's Love Triangles" - Kathryn Schwarz (Vanderbilt) - "Monogamy and Death" - Edward Geisweidt (U. Alabama) - "'I have not Placed all my Treasures in One Bottom': Triangulated Desire and Queer Kinship in The Merchant of Venice" - Jonathan Goldberg (Emory) - "What do Women Want?" - Madhavi Menon (American U.) - "Coriolanus and I" - Daniel Juan Gil (Texas Christian U.) - "Geometries of the Flesh: Humoral Bonding and the Breakdown of Sovereignty" - Carla Freccero (UC, Santa Cruz) - "Romeo and Juliet Love Death"


  • April 22, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Lisa Myobun Freinkel (U. Oregon) - "Takuan's Sword and the Koan of Macbeth"
  • February 26, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Michael Schoenfeldt (U. Michigan) - "Aesthetics and Anesthetics: The Art of Pain Management in Early Modern England"
  • February 12, 2008: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - David Lee Miller (U. Southern California) - "The Voice of Caesar's Wounds"
  • September 8, 2007: Strode "Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Katrina" Symposium - Richelle Munkhoff (U. Colorado, Boulder, formerly Tulane U.) - "'The rack dislimns': Figuring Mississippi and New Orleans After Katrina" - Bill Boelhower (LSU) - "Owning the Weather: Teaching The Tempest after Katrina" - Catherine Loomis (UNC Greensboro, formerly U. New Orleans) - "'Not what we ought to say':  Katrina, King Lear, and Academic Identity" - Clare Moncrief  (Tulane University) -"Shakespeare after Katrina: Observations from Inside the Tempest" - Susannah Monta (Notre Dame) - "Hurricanes and Hampton Court" - Malcolm Richardson (LSU) - "Heath-Steppers and their Heath after Katrina"


  • April 14, 2007: Strode "Shakespeare and the Civic" Symposium - Kate McLuskie (The Shakespeare Institute) - "'The cause of wit in other men': Shakespeare and the occasions of leadership'" - Scott Newstok (Yale/Gustavus Adolphus College) -  "Civics Lessens:  Un-condensing the Seminar" - Richard Burt (U. Florida) - "A Credit to his Race:  The Cinematic ShakesPR Paratext" - Don Hedrick (Kansas State U) - "Theatocracy and Entertainment Culture" - Amy Scott-Douglass (Denison U.) - "Shakespeare Goes to Washington: Military and Civic Programs during the Bush Administration" - Sharon O'Dair (U. Alabama) - "Virtually There:  Shakespeare and Tourism in the 21st Century."
  • April 13, 2007: Strode Workshop - Nicholas Janni (Olivier Mythodrama) - “Influential Leadership:  Lessons from Julius Caesar
  • April 10, 2007: Strode Theory and Criticism Lecture - David Turley (U. Kent) - "Liberals versus Evangelicals in Early 19th Century Boston: Religion, Approaches to Reform, and How Dealing with Slavery Stymied them All"


  • March 25, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Francois Laroque (Sorbonne) - "'I'll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer': Erotic fantasies and gender relations in Shakespeare's Venus and AdonisA Midsummer Night's Dream and Antony and Cleopatra."
  • February 25, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Julian Yates (U. Delaware) - "Shakespeare's Oranges"
  • February 18, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Donna Landry (Wayne State U.) - "The Picturesque Invention of the Countryside" - Gerald MacLean (Wayne State U.) - "Don Juan in England: Or, the Disappearance of the Countryside"
  • February 10, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Elisabeth LeGuin (UCLA) - "Man and Horse in Harmony"
  • January 28, 2003: Strode Shakespeare Lecture - Erica Fudge (Middlesex) - "Morocco the Intelligent Horse and the Spectre of Animal Rationality in Early Modern Thought"

Prior (Year Unknown)

  • "Mapping Seduction: Shakespeare, Popular Romance & Homeland Security." Mary Bly, Fordham University. Thursday, November 13th, 5pm.
  • "A People's Pocket Whitman: The History of Sexuality and History of the Book." Jay Grossman, Northwestern University. Wednesday, March 25th, 5pm.
  • “Shakespeare and the Politics of Storytelling.” Alan Sinfield, Reader in English, School of Cultural and Community Studies, University of Sussex. Monday, April, 16th, 4pm.
  • “Mankind Witches: Masculine Women in Renaissance England.” Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University. Monday, March 26, 8pm.
  • “Shakesepare: Feminism, Sexualities, and Gender Critique.” Jonathan Dollimore, Senior Lecturer, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex. Tuesday, April 17, 4pm.
  • “Ganymede and the Erotics of Humanism.” Leonard Barkan, Franklin Bliss Snyder Professor of English and Art History, Northwestern University. Friday, March 23, 7pm.
  • “When is a character not a character?” Alan Sinfield, Reader in English, School of Cultural and Community Studies, University of Sussex. Tuesday, April 10, 4pm.
  • “Call me Ganymede: Shakespeare’s Apprentices and the Representation of Women.” Stephen Orgel, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, Stanford University. Monday, March 19, 1990, 4pm.
  • “The Cultural Politics of Perversion: St. Augustine, Shakespeare, Freud, Foucault.” Jonathan Dollimore, Senior Lecturer, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex. Monday, April 9, 4pm.