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Professor Peter Holland Delivers
The John D.M. Brown Lecture

ALLENTOWN, Pa – (April 5, 2013) – Dr. Peter Holland, the McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will give the John D.M. Brown Lecture at Muhlenberg College on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in Seegers Union, room 113. The talk, titled “Haunting Shakespeare, or King Lear Meets Alice,” is free and open to the public. It will be preceded by an informal reception at 6:30 p.m.

Holland is also the Associate Dean for the Arts and Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. From 1997 to 2002 Holland was Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and is one of the Institute’s Honorary Fellows. He was also a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust before going to Notre Dame. He was the Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham. He served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America from 2007 to 2008.

Holland’s first book, The Ornament of Action, was a study of Restoration comedy in performance. Subsequent work has concentrated on Shakespeare in performance. He has edited many of Shakespeare’s plays and has written widely on the plays in performance. He is the editor of “Shakespeare Survey,” the UK’s leading Shakespeare journal, general editor for a number of book series and series editor of Redefining British Theatre History. Other interests include David Garrick, contemporary British drama, performance theory and English pantomimes.  

The John D.M. Brown Lectureship is underwritten by a generous gift from Mary E. Brown in loving memory of her husband Dr. John D.M. Brown (1883-1951), who served as a Professor of English at Muhlenberg College for 37 years. Brown graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1906 and joined the Muhlenberg College faculty in 1912. He served as head of the Muhlenberg English department from 1927 to 1949, and was honored as the first recipient of the college’s Florence T. Saeger Professorship. In addition, Wittenberg University named Brown a Doctor of Literature in 1922 and Muhlenberg awarded him a Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1948.

This lecture is sponsored by the Muhlenberg College department of English.  

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