Political science program to host Shakespeare's political wisdom symposium
Lee University's Department of History, Political Science & Humanities will host its third annual symposium on politics and philosophy Nov. 16 and 17. This year's theme is "Shakespeare's Political Wisdom" and will feature discussion panels and lectures.
The theme of the symposium is named after a book by Dr. Timothy Burns, professor of political science at Baylor University. Burns will be a keynote speaker at this year's event, according to Dr. Thomas Pope, associate professor of political science at Lee.
"The event is a mixture of conversation and scholarship about a theme of perennial interest," Pope said. "This year we will host faculty and students from seven colleges and universities in the southeast."
The event is set to begin both nights at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Lecture Hall.
The event will consist of four discussion seminars each highlighting a different Shakespeare play. The plays to be covered are "Tempest," "Merchant of Venice," "Othello" and "Henry V."
Friday evening Dr. Burns is set to give a lecture titled "'One that lov'd not wisely but too well': Devotional Love and Politics in Othello."
Saturday evening will include an intercollegiate panel of college undergraduate scholarship on Shakespeare's work.
"Students and faculty will discuss these plays in groups of 10-15 people," Pope said. "A faculty member will lightly moderate the discussion, but it will go where the participants take it."
Students are invited to discuss the politics of Shakespeare and its relevance to the modern world, according to sophomore political science major Reese Swistek.
"Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to meet peers from other universities and experience an enlightening conversation about how one can view the world," Swistek said.