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The Future of Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: Public Lecture by Ayanna Thompson

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Scholar and theatre practitioner Ayanna Thompson will deliver the 2024 Dempsey Lecture at the University of San Diego.
Professor Thompson is internationally recognized as a leading critical voice on questions of race and performance in the Renaissance. She earned her AB at Columbia University, where she was a protégé of Edward Said. As a Marshall Scholar she pursued an MA at the University of Sussex; she then earned her PhD from Harvard University. Professor Thompson is currently Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University, where she directs the renowned Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the international RaceB4Race Symposium series. The author, co-author, and editor of ten books on Shakespeare, race, and performance — including Blackface (Oxford, 2021) and Othello (Arden, 3rd Series, 2019) — she also serves on the Boards of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library and is recent past-President of the Shakespeare Association of America.
A reception follows the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.


April 4
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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College of Arts and Sciences, USD


Manchester Hall Auditorium, USD
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110 United States
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