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Bruce Mcconachie: An Ethics Based in Pragmatic Naturalism for Theatre and Performance Studies

The 4th Annual Wertheim Seminar in Performance

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:30pm

Dogwood Room, IMU

The 4th Annual Wertheim Seminar in Performance and the Department of English announce a talk by

BRUCE McCONACHIE
University Of Pittsburgh

“An Ethics Based in Pragmatic Naturalism for Theatre and Performance Studies.”

Thursday, April 10 // 4:30 pm
Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Followed by a reception.

BRUCE MCCONACHIE is a specialist in American theatre history, theatre historiography, and the intersection of cognitive science and theatre. His major books include Melodramatic Formations, American Theater in the Culture of the Cold War, Interpreting the Theatrical Past (with Tom Postlewait), Theatre & Mind, and Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre. He is the co-editor (with F. Elizabeth Hart) of Performance and Cognition: Theatre Studies and the Cognitive Turn and the co-editor (with Blakey Vermeule) of the Palgrave series on Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance. He has been the President of the American Society for Theatre Research and a winner of its Distinguished Scholar Award.

THE WERTHEIM SEMINAR IN PERFORMANCE fosters advanced work in theater, drama, and performance studies in the English Department and at IU. It honors the legacy and influence of Albert J. Wertheim, a leading scholar and supporter of the dramatic arts at Indiana University and elsewhere. Professor Wertheim received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1965 and taught at Princeton University before moving to Indiana in 1969, where he taught until the time of his death in 2003. The subjects of his published articles span the canon of Western drama and theatre: from Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and James Shirley to Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, William Inge, and many others. He is the author of two books: The Dramatic Art of Athol Fugard: From South Africa to the World (2000) and Staging the War: American Drama and World War II (published posthumously, 2004).

You can find further information about Theatre/Performance Studies in the English Department at:
http://www.indiana.edu/~engweb/research/theatre.shtml