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Give up your Ptolemy: Shakespeare in the Age of Discovery

Give up your Ptolemy:
Shakespeare in the Age of Discovery

The Bard and the Father of Modern Science. They were the superstars of their day. Literal Renaissance men whose words and ideas continue to shape our views on art and the universe.

Join UNCG in a year-long celebration of William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei on the 450th anniversary of their births. Explore the connection between art and science, beauty and truth, with "The Globe and the Cosmos."

All ESU Greensboro Branch members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend the upcoming lecture by famed London-based scholar, Russ McDonald, professor of Renaissance literature and Shakespearean scholar. He will explore Shakespeare's writing in the context of Elizabethan discoveries, including Galileo's astronomical work.

When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: UNCG Music Building Recital Hall,
             201 McIver St., Greensboro, NC
Admission: Free, no tickets needed.

Click here for details of the upcoming programs in this year-long celebration of The Globe and the Cosmos. Many of the programs are free.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Russ McDonald was named the 2003 North Carolina Professor of the Year in the annual competition conducted by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for  advancement and Support of Education.

His teaching gifts are so extraordinary that in 2003 he won both the UNC Board of Governors' Award for Teaching Excellence as well as the North Carolina Professor of the Year presented by the CASE/Carnegie Foundation.

McDonald has taught classes on poetry, drama and Shakespeare at UNCG since 1992. He said that his overriding teaching goal is "to entice others into the realm of the imagination, to instill in them an enduring taste for the pleasures and rewards of the written word."

McDonald is a graduate of Duke University and earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to UNCG, he taught at the University of Rochester (New York), where he was awarded the Student Associations Teaching Award in 1985 and the Dean's Student Life Award in 1981; the University of Hawaii; and Mississippi State University. He has also served as a visiting lecturer in the Blackfriars M.Litt. Program at Mary Baldwin College (Virginia). While at Rochester, McDonald was the founding director of the UR Theatre in London Program and the English Honors Program.


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