A Rose By [Some] Other Name
Who Wrote the Works of Shakespeare?
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Tenth St.
REQUIRED; tickets: $5
12:30-1:30 pm: A light lunch and
preview of Shakespeare
authorship controversy in the HHC Great Room
2-4:40 pm: A
Midsummer Night's Dream at the Ruth N. Hall Theatre
Supper and discussion in the HHC Great Room
The makers of the recent movie Anonymous are only the latest to
suggest that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon did not in
fact write the plays and poems attributed to him. Mark Twain,
Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin, and Malcolm X all argued that the
evidence we have-and the evidence we lack-point to a different
author. Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin
Scalia, who rarely agree on anything, agree that someone else wrote
the works carrying Shakespeare's name. The Internet teems with
sites debating the true identity of the Bard.
At the heart of the debate are vital issues of evidence: What sort
evidence is needed to answer a question posed? How do we find or
acquire it? How do we judge the accuracy of information and the
reliability of sources? What assumptions and inferences are valid-or
not-when there are gaps in the data?
These issues don't just lie at the heart of the Shakespeare authorship
controversy-they lie at the heart of all critical thinking and
thoughtful, well-informed decision making. They are as important to
someone casting a vote in this year's presidential election as they are
to moviemakers and citizens pondering who wrote A Midsummer Night's
Dream. So, whether you're a Shakespeare fan, a voter, or just
who likes a good puzzle and a vigorous debate, join us for A Rose By
[Some] Other Name: Who Wrote the Works of Shakespeare?-including a
performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Contributors: Attorney and SPEA Professor Beth Cate;
Cameron-Webb; dramaturg Tom Shafer.
SIGN-UP and TICKET INFO:
If you are interested in attending this undergraduate event, please
check your schedule to make certain you can attend the entire program
and then stop by the HHC building (811 E. Seventh Street, on the
northwest corner of Seventh and Woodlawn), Room 210H, weekdays
a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m., to sign up and to purchase your
ticket(s). You are welcome to sign up friends as well as long as they
are IU undergraduates. Ticket(s) may be paid for with cash or a
(Checks should be made out to the "Hutton Honors College/IU
Be sure both you
your guest have your student IDs with you on March 3. This program
co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College, the Wells Scholars Program,
and the IU Department of Theatre and Drama.