Mary Baldwin Visiting Scholar Will Give Keynote Address at Shakespeare Conference

August 14, 2001

Andrew Gurr, director of the Globe Project in London, returns to Mary Baldwin University this fall as the 2001 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Scholar. He will teach several classes as well as present the keynote address in Shenandoah Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Conference, to be held October 11 – 14.

This is Gurr’s second visit to Staunton as Mary Baldwin’s Doenges Scholar. His first visit was in May, when he taught classes and presented a public lecture.

The Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artists/Scholars program was the vision of the late Mary Baldwin alumna and trustee Liddy Kirkpatrick Doenges and is underwritten by an endowment that honors her memory. Each year the program brings to campus a distinguished artist or scholar for an extended visit in the spring and a shorter visit in the fall. Past Doenges Artist/Scholars have included novelist Lee Smith, writer David Bradley, and painters Joan Snyder and Melissa Miller.

Gurr was chosen as the Doenges Scholar for 2001 so that his visit would coincide with the establishment of Mary Baldwin’s new Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts Program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, offered in partnership with Shenandoah Shakespeare with classes beginning September 3. His fall 2001 visit was scheduled so that he could participate in Shenandoah Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Conference as part of the partnership between the two organizations. In addition to the keynote speaker, Mary Baldwin University is supporting the event by providing a dinner for conference participants.

Mary Baldwin President Cynthia H. Tyson comments, “We were delighted to be able to create such energy and focus by coordinating the Doenges program with our Shakespeare programming. Our partnership with Shenandoah Shakespeare provides wonderful potential for the future.”

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.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, VA and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 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 was 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 shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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