Events Calendar - Fall 2018

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Arthur F. Kinney Renaissance Center


Community Classes this Fall

Shakespeare with Tony Burton:

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays September 11th - November 13th (no class Sept. 18 - Yom Kippur)

Shakespeare's The Tempest Starting Sept. 11th- Nov. 13th on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm (except on Sept. 18th – Yom Kippur) and running 8 weeks.   His last play (except for modest and uncertain collaboration in plays attributed to others) and probably attracting the largest number of interpretations, from both historical and contemporary viewpoints, the class will, after a very brief presentation of background fact, begin by reading the play through aloud by class members, parts assigned according to expressed preferences and then as necessity requires.  Next, open discussions of the play as a whole, the various characters, and what we all — as a troupe of actors — deem is most performable by our troupe, and what must be left for the reader's study at leisure. Interspersed throughout, we will watch DVD's of stage, TV, or film performances. Please read the material prior to class. Reading Room

Science During the Renaissance with James van Luik, Professor Emeritus in Philosophy of Science from UMass

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays September 12th - October 24th

Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, running 6 weeks. Science During the Renaissance:  Professor van Luik will explore science during the Renaissance and most particularly, the strengthening developments during the Renaissance. Scientific thinkers during the Renaissance such as Nicolaus Copernicus 1473-1543, Tycho Brahe 1546-1601, Giordano Bruno 1548-1600, Galileo Galilei 1564-1726, continued developing ideas, about the universe, originating from as early as, if not earlire than 550 BCE. Professor van Luik will explore science during the Renaissance and most particularly, the strengthening of the movement away from belief to observation. There were at least two developments during the Renaissance: 1. departure from defining segments of classical definition, and 2. fundamental perspectives conflicting with nearly universal acceptance of the status quo: by institutional churches, the hoi polloi, the rulers, the educational institutions, and enforcement agencies.

We'll begin with a special note about Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) on the 575th Anniversary of his death, then on to relativity and the problem of space. - Upstairs Classroom


Shakespeare with Marie Roche, Ph.D.

Title: Shakespeare's Kick-Ass Mothers
Including, Coriolanus (Volumnia), Hamlet (Gertrude) and Henry VI (Marguerite of Anjou)
This course will be a traditional semester-length starting Monday, September 17th 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and ending in early December. (12 weeks)

In this class, we will look at the role of mothers and power in Shakespeare's plays. What is it that makes these women so strong? From where do they derive their authority? Why are the men subjugated? What is the dynamic of these relationships? These and more questions we will explore as we will read, sometimes for the first time, these plays. No previous knowledge needed, everything will be provided in class- All are welcome. Reading Room

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Wednesdays @ 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10th @ 4 p.m.

Claudia Chierichini, Visiting Professor College of Holy Cross, will present, "By the way of civil customes, principles of good living , and means of just constitutions: A case Study in Early-Modern Italian Academic Governance" - Reading Room

Wednesday, October 17th @ 4 p.m.

Richard Ballon, Actor, Director, Writer and Retired from UMass will present, "The Origins of Chorus and Its Use in the Theater" - Reading Room

Wednesday, October 24th @ 4 p.m.

David Gruender of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will present "Monteverdi's Orfeo" - Reading Room

Wednesday, October 31st @ 4 p.m.

Andre Redwood, SUNY Albany, will present, "Marin Mersenne Theorizes Music: A Case Study in the Intersection of Science and Eloquence" - Reading Room


Five College Book History Lectures - Fall 2018

Friday, October 26th @ 4 p.m.

Ann Blair, C. H. Pforzheimer University Professor - Harvard University will present, "Servant-Functions and Author-Functions in Early Modern Europe" Reading Room

Thursday, November 8th @ 4 p.m.

Jessica Maier, Associate Professor Art History, Mt. Holyoke will present "News, real and fake, from the front: Mapping the great siege of Malta (1565)" Reading Room

Five College Renaissance Lectures - Fall 2018

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Shakespeare Under the Stars 2018 Performance Schedule has concluded for the season. We are looking foward to seeing you in 2019!

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Thank you Hampshire Shakespeare Co and HSC's Young Company for a magnificent season!

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.