Gonzaga University opens its 2009-2010 “Inspired to Learn” lecture series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium with the spotlight on Shakespeare. Following a 6:30 p.m. reception, Gonzaga English Associate Professor Michael Pringle and GU philosophy Assistant Professor Erik Schmidt will discuss Shakespeare in the context of their separate disciplines. The event is free and open to the public.
Pringle’s lecture, “A Walking Shadow: Beholding Man in Shakespeare’s Plays,” will explore the intersection of philosophy and Shakespeare in light of Gonzaga’s commitment to the Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic tradition. Pringle will discuss the central role Shakespeare plays in Gonzaga’s English curriculum and the department’s contribution to the University’s core mission. Schmidt will present three philosophical questions regarding Shakespeare’s plays “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hamlet,” and “Richard III.”
The event concludes with an exchange of views on a pivotal scene when Macbeth contemplates murdering King Duncan. Come, listen and learn from the outstanding College of Arts and Sciences faculty as they discuss issues and topics from their professional areas of study. Connect with local Gonzaga alumni, parents, and friends. Discover or rekindle a passion for learning in the Jesuit tradition and share in one of Gonzaga’s most enduring attributes: its outstanding educators.
Pringle specializes in Early American literature, and has developed a summer Shakespeare program that takes students to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore. annually. Schmidt specializes in the areas of aesthetics and moral psychology. He has taught two classes that examined Shakespeare from the perspective of philosophy.
This lecture series has partnered with the local alumni chapter.
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend! To RSVP, please call (509) 313-5990 or e-mail the local alumni chapter. For more information, please contact Brie Andrews via e-mail or at (509) 313-6190.