Month: September 2015

First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare; Play Your Part – Information Session and Call for Programmatic Proposals

 First Folio: The Book That Gave Us ShakespeareComing to UConn on September 2-25, 2016

Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night. These famous plays and 15 others by
Shakespeare would probably have been lost to us without the First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known today. Next year, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the United States, and we have been selected for Connecticut. Join us in 2016 in celebrating the greatest playwright of the English language with this exhibit from the world’s largest Shakespeare collection.

Play Your Part – Information Session and Call for Programmatic Proposals

When: Wednesday September 30, 12pm or 5pm (you only need to attend one)
Where: Humanities Institute, Austin Building, Room 300-312
What:  Programmatic proposals to coincide with the national tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s tour of the First Folio: The Book That Brought Us Shakespeare, on exhibition at the Benton Museum from September 2-25, 2016.

From September 2-25, 2016 UConn will host the Folger Shakespeare Library’s tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Benton Museum. We invite proposals for free programming that is open to the University and general public, connecting Shakespeare, his work and his world to your discipline. We especially invite programs that engage children and families.

The First Folio Tour is free and open to the public, and all activities are intended to encourage broad participation and engagement with the public, especially children and families. Activities should be conducted during the time period of September 2-25, 2016.

Attendance not required to submit a proposal.


Applications are due no later than October 23, 2015. Completed applications can be submitted electronically to or via campus mail to Emma Romano, U-1127.

Steering Committee

In order to ensure the success of this exhibition, a steering committee with representation from various departments at UConn has been formed.

John Bell, Director, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Kenneth Best, University Communications
Pamela Brown, Associate Professor, English
Lindsay Cummings, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, Dramatic Arts
Elizabeth Hart, Associate Professor, English
Brendan Kane, Associate Director of the Humanities Institute, Associate Professor, History
Clare King’oo, Associate Professor, Honors Program Director, English
Frank Mack, Associate Professor, Arts Administration
Jean Nihoul, Assistant Curator & Academic Project Coordinator, Benton Museum of Art
Matthew J. Pugliese, Managing Director, Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Emma Romano, Graduate Assistant, MFA Arts Administration
Dale AJ Rose, Director of Performance Studies Program, Dramatic Arts
Gregory Semenza, Associate Professor, English
Nancy Stula, Executive Director, Benton Museum of Art
Kristin Wold, Assistant Professor in Residence, Performance, Dramatic Arts

CFA: Political Violence Workshop – send abstracts – Deadline for consideration is Friday, October 16




CFA: Political Violence Workshop


Where: University of Connecticut

Dates: December 4-6, 2015

Deadline: October 16, 2015

The Injustice League and the Public Discourse Project at the University of Connecticut are pleased to announce a workshop on Political Violence. While we invite contributions from a wide range of topics (see: below), we are especially interested in work that engages with institutionalized and racialized violence in the U.S., and with the Black Lives Matter movement in particular. The workshop will also aim to make progress on foundational questions such as what differentiates ‘political’ violence from other forms of violence, its uses and legitimacy, and what the appropriate response to political violence should be.


Keynotes will include Kathryn T. Gines (Penn State), with more to be announced. In addition to keynote presentations, we aim to accept roughly 10 participants through the submission process. We are open to a variety of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches. Abstracts should be between 750-1000 words in length, and should be prepared for anonymous review. Please send abstracts to The deadline for consideration is Friday, October 16, with notifications intended for the following week. Funds are available to assist with travel costs for participants with limited funding.

This event is modeled on our 2014 Dominating Speech Workshop. As with last year, we welcome volunteers to chair sessions, and warmly encourage interested parties at other institutions to attend and participate during Q&A. There is no registration fee.

A couple months after the workshop, interested participants will be invited to submit full drafts of their papers to the workshop organizers for consideration in a possible Journal of Political Philosophy symposium.  We will make the initial selection with an eye toward quality and representation.  The five or six papers chosen through this process will then be forwarded to JPP, where they will undergo the journal’s normal review process. Please note that paper acceptance is not guaranteed.

For more information, visit If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Daniel Silvermint at


Additional details:

This workshop adopts intersectionality as a framework, so while we are most interested in issues surrounding Black Lives Matter, we are also interested in how political violence manifests at the margins of race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and indigenous, immigrant, and linguistic communities. In addition to these specific topics, a variety of other issues relating to political violence are welcome. Some non-exhaustive examples include:


  • Violence as a tool or consequence of state power. Subtopics include: authority and oppression, the militarization of the police, racialized violence in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, solitary confinement, community disruption, enemy combatant status, and torture.


  • Individuals as the agents of political violence, and the ethics of taking violence into one’s own hands.  Subtopics include: violent political change and civilian unrest, acts of resistance and retaliation, rage and violence as alternatives to (or forms of) public discourse, vigilantism (e.g. in the context of unilateral border enforcement), politically motivated assassination, death threats and other forms of silencing, and hate crimes.


The status of innocents as both collateral damage and deliberate targets.  Subtopics include: insurgencies and civil war, civilian displacement and refuge vulnerability, war rape, terrorism, international intervention, private military contractors, and drone warfare.

Fall Road Show calendar AY 2015-16 (Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life)

Date Time Speaker Event Details
Wed. August 26 6:30pm Pressman Jewish Federation of Western CT – Antonietta Hallet 203-267-3177 “The Iranian Nuclear Question: Comparing Scenarios”
Thurs. August 27 7:00pm Shoulson Rodeph Sholom in Bridgeport “Forgiveness in Shakespeare,”
Wed. September 9 8:00pm Shoulson Sisterhood B’nai Shalom – Putnam – Sue Stern “Not Your Hebrew School Bible Lecture”
Mon. October 19 7:30pm Balma Congregation Beth El – Fairfield –

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Italian Jews in Mussolini’s Film Industry (and Beyond).”

Wed. October 21 Johnson Jewish Federation of Western CT – Antonietta Hallet 203-267-3177 “Not Lost in Translation”
Fri. November 20 Shoulson Temple Shalom, New Milford “Not Your Hebrew School Bible”
Sat. November 21 Shoulson Stamford JCC

“Whose Books Are They Anyway?”

Sun. December 6 Shoulson Temple S’Nai – Topic to be determined
Sun. April 3 Shoulson B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, Bloomfield “Not Your Hebrew School Bible”
Tue. April 12 Shoulson Congregation Or Shalom, Orange “Not Your Hebrew School Bible”
Mon April 25 Lansing Congregation Rodeph Sholom – Bridgeport – Carol Weinshel 203-820-7487 “German Nazi-Hunters: The Legacy of the Holocaust”
Tue. May 10 Shoulson Congregation Or Shalom, Orange “Prayer for the Government”


Deadline Approaching, Letter of intent due 15 September 2015 SEED MONEY AWARDS 2015-16

Public Discourse Funding Opportunities



Important Dates:

Letter of intent due: 15 September 2015

Invited application due: 15 October 2015

Announcement of awards: 15 November 2015

Fellowship award period: funds will be disbursed by the end of Fall semester, 2015; funds are to be spent over the course of AYs 2015-16 and 2016-17.