Every spring, Liberal Studies (LS) students and faculty come together for the LS Colloquium–a spirited showcase of student scholarship on a topic important to our past and present that draws attendees from across NYU.
This year marked the ninth annual Colloquium. “Shakespeare’s Globe” commemorated the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and focused on the Bard as a global phenomenon.
Why focus on one of the most widely studied playwrights?
In LS, we emphasize the great works and their relevance to contemporary inquiry. Examining, for instance, the reception of Shakespeare in Middle Eastern cultures, or Shakespeare’s influence on contemporary Chinese theater, we not only uncover new approaches to Shakespeare, but also new tools for understanding globalization.
Professor Alexa Huang of George Washington University opened the event, reflecting on the ability of Shakespeare and the Globe Theater to transcend both time and place. She challenged the audience to look beyond mainstream interpretations of Shakespeare.
Student-led breakout and poster sessions followed.
The Dean’s Circle, the LS honor society whose members comprised most of the students presenters, spent the academic year immersed in global Shakespeare. Not only did they read and reflect on the topic, but they also attended Shakespearean performances in New York and, over Spring Break, visited Shakespeare sites in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Next month, they will read Shakespeare at a local school.
Thanks to everyone who planned, participated, and attended this year’s Colloquium. Most of all, I’d like to recognize the students whose outstanding work reflects the core of our mission in Liberal Studies: to understand time-tested great works in ways that make us more effective leaders in our ever globalized world.