Let the Lectures Begin!

The Vices are heading to several lectures and one play this coming month.

On August 31, 1886 an earthquake hit Charleston, the  College of Charleston is hosting a lecture about one of the famous heros of this tragedy.

Here is a summary of the lecture:  A massive earthquake centered near Charleston sent shockwaves up the East Coast. In the aftermath, residents of the old port city were left with death and destruction. This is a gripping account of the natural disaster and the turbulent social change in the last quarter of the 19th century. This is also the story of Francis Warrington Dawson, a British expatriate drawn to the South by the romance of the Confederacy. As editor of Charleston’s News and Courier, Dawson walked a lonely and dangerous path, risking his life and reputation to find common ground between the races. Hailed as a hero in the aftermath of the earthquake, Dawson was denounced by white supremacists and murdered less than three years after the disaster. His killer was acquitted after a sensational trial that unmasked a Charleston underworld of decadence and corruption.

Immediately following that on Thursday, we are heading over to the annual Shakespeare production by the College of Charleston.

Photo Credit: The Charleston City Paper

Jessica Maggor reviewed Antony and Cleopatra.

What if in Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta suddenly broke out into a Shakespearean sonnet? If this sounds appealing to you, you’ll want to see the College of Charleston’s disco take on Antony and Cleopatra, where the characters will sing and dance to the hits of the musical era. As part of its 15th annual Shakespeare Project, the theater department will present Shakespeare’s play, adapted by director J.A. Ball, telling the tragic tale of Mark Antony and Egyptian Queen Cleopatra with a twist. We bet Travolta would have made an excellent Antony in the actor’s heyday.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated lectures is on September 22.  Rachel Scott is going to be lecturing on Leprosy and Leper Hospitals in Late Medieval Ireland.  Does that not sound cool.

 

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