On April 21–22, 2016 Rhodes College will host a free public symposium on the year 1616:
The 1616 Symposium will involve a keynote address (Thomas Christensen, author of 1616: The World in Motion), the regional premiere of a show based on the last days of Shakespeare′s life (by UK artist Gareth Somers), and lectures by scholars ranging across the liberal arts:
Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) on print culture c. 1616
Owen Gingerich (Harvard) on Galileo
Roland Greene (Stanford) on Cervantes
Heather Miyano Kopelson (Alabama) on the origins of slavery in the Bermudas
Michael Legaspi (Penn State) on the genesis of biblical hermeneutics
Gideon Manning (USC) on early modern medicine
William Newman (Indiana), on alchemy and chymistry
Catherine Swatek (UBC), on Tang Xianzu and Kun opera
Henry Turner (Rutgers) on the early modern corporation
Selected lectures will be published in "The Hare," an online journal of Renaissance studies.
As part of the symposium, Barret Library will display 1616-related items from our special collections. At the University of Mississippi, a copy of Shakespeare′s First Folio will be on display from April 11–May 1, 2016.
The 1616 symposium is co-sponsored by Rhodes College Asian Studies, Barret Library, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures, Physics, Political Economy, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Theatre, as well as the Associated Colleges of the South, Communities in Conversation, and the Confucius Institute.
For more information, please contact Scott Newstok or consult the website