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Conference to examine Shakespeare’s adaptation across cultures

A three-day conference at UGA will explore how writers, readers and performers from around the world adapt the 400-year-old works of Shakespeare and make them their own.

“Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare” will bring together four of the leading experts and other scholars of Shakespeare Nov. 12-14 for panels, roundtables, workshops, brown-bag talks and readings. The symposium is sponsored by the UGA Libraries, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the English department, the theatre and film studies department, the Office of Service-Learning and the UGA Symposium on the Book.

The conference commemorates the 10th anniversary of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, the award-winning, scholarly, multimedia journal, founded by UGA English professors Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar.

Capping the first day of the symposium will be an address, “Others Within: Ethics in the Age of Global Shakespeare,” by Alexa Huang of George Washington University at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Huang is founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute and director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare program.

The second day of the symposium will conclude with a staged reading of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, a play that appropriates Shakespeare’s Othello, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building balcony theatre (Room 300).

The final event is “New Town Revue: Shakespeare Remix” Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Athens Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave.

More information and a complete schedule is available at