William Shakespeare's first folio - graphic for Peter Holland lecturePeter Holland

McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies
University of Notre Dame

Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:30pm

United Wesley Gallery
1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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This lecture is presented with the support of the ACCAC Distinguished Lecturers Program


The book we know as the First Folio wasn’t given that title by the two Shakespeare colleagues who posthumously published his plays in 1623. Its formal name, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, is more functional, laying out genres for the 36 collected plays – like a TV channel offering varying types of movies.

Peter Holland, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare, examines the choice and significance of the volume’s title. What was behind it? How does thinking about genre help us understand how the plays work?

Peter Holland, Professor and McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre DamePeter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre as well as Associate Dean for the arts at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Previously, Holland was the Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Cambridge (1996-1997) and Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham (1997-2002). His work has concentrated on Shakespeare in performance and on editing Shakespeare’s plays. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey, general editor with Stanley Wells of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, associate general editor of the Oxford Drama Library, and series editor of Redefining British Theatre History. His article on ‘"William Shakespeare" is the longest entry in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America and an elected fellow of the Shakespeare Institute and of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.

Vladimir Kulić bookVladimir Kulić

Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture

Spaces of Non-Alignment:
Urban Planning and the Global Cold War in Socialist Yugoslavia

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 3:30pm

Otto G. Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room
Registration Required


Presented by the Center for the Humanities Modernities Interdisciplinary Research Group
Cosponsored by the Department of History and the School of Architecture


Vladimir Kulić's talk will address issues of architecture and non-alignment in Yugoslavia during the Cold War. In addition to discussing historical concerns and aesthetic methodologies, his research tackles today’s greatly problematic reception of the avant-garde heritage of Yugoslav socialism. The theme of this presentation is additionally related to Dr. Kulić's work on a forthcoming exhibition about architecture in socialist Yugoslavia, which he is co-curating at MOMA. The show is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.

Vladimir Kulić is a design historian at Florida Atlantic University. He specializes in architecture after World War II, as well as global exchanges of architectural culture and contemporary criticism. He is the author of Modernism In-Between: The Mediatory Architectures of Socialist Yugoslavia (with Maroje Mrduljaš and Wolfgang Thaler, 2012). He has won a number of international fellowships and accolades, including the 2007 Trustees Merit Citation from the Graham Foundation, and the 2009 Bruno Zevi Prize for a Historical/Critical Essay in Architecture. He was the 2012-13 FAU Scholar of the Year, and a 2013 Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.


Dickinson Manuscript

Martha Nell Smith

Professor of English, Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland

Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: New Challenges Post-2016

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:30pm

Otto G. Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room
Registration Required


Presented by the Center for the Humanities Digital Humanities
Interdisciplinary Research Group

Cosponsored by the University of Miami Libraries, and the Departments of English
and Modern Languages and Literatures

 Issues of authoritative and authoritarian, issues of access, mediation, and remediation, and issues of visibility and exclusion will be central to Martha Nell Smith's presentation and exchange with the audience. At a time when feminist, critical race, sexuality, and class critical inquiries have had such a profound effect (and for decades) in the humanities, the configurations of mainstream grant-funded digital humanities are often similar to the politics of exclusion and occlusion we have worked so long to transform so that one emerging feminist scholar imagines that queer worlds must be built in the “digital margins.” What are the consequences of such frozen social orders when they are made to seem objective features of intellectual life? Of course merely noting the pervasive problem is not enough, and in this presentation Professor Smith will pursue some answers for transforming the digital humanities so that innovations are sociological and not only technical. The frozen social relations of old orders can and should be thawed in order to enable real sociological innovations, new kinds of synergies for knowledge production.

Martha Nell Smith (bio photo)Founder and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives (DEA), Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), Martha Nell Smith is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor of English at the University of Maryland College Park. Author or coeditor of five books on Emily Dickinson, she is at work on three other books, including Everywoman Her Own Theology, a collection of essays on Alicia Suskin Ostriker, and several exhibitions for the DEA.