Shakespeare Expert to Lecture at Mary Baldwin as 2001 Doenges Visiting Artist

April 19, 2001

Dr. Andrew Gurr, director of the Globe project in London, will present a free public lecture Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium, located in the Pearce Science Center at the corner of Coalter and Frederick Streets in Staunton.

Gurr is a professor of English at the University of Reading in England and has served since 1983 as a director of the Globe project in London. He now chairs its Globe Research Department. Dr. Gurr earned his master’s degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and his Ph.D. from King’s College at Cambridge University. He is the director of the Renaissance Texts Research Centre and has been a visiting fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also has been a visiting fellow at the University of Nairobi, Kenya; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and he University of Canterbury, England. His publications include The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642, Writers in Exile, Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London, Rebuilding Shakespeare’s Globe, and The Shakespearean Playing Companies. He has written most extensively about the design, archaeology, and sociology of the London theatres in Shakespeare’s time.

The lecture is part of a week-long visit to Mary Baldwin as the 2000-2001 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar. The Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artists/Scholars program was the vision of the late Mary Baldwin alumna and trustee Liddy Kirkpatrick Doenges and honors her memory. Each year the program brings to campus distinguished artists or scholars for an extended visit.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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