HPU Professor Of English Presents At Two Academic Conferences

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 29, 2009 – Dr. Jim Casey, assistant professor of English at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the Blackfriars Conference in Staunton, Va., and presented a paper and moderated a panel at the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference in Athens, Ohio. 

The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse is a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, and the Blackfriars Conference presents original scholarship focused on original early modern staging practice and postmodern performance theory. Casey’s paper, “‘What things you make of us!’: Amazons and Kinsmen in Shakespeare,” explores the embodiment of amazons and kinsmen in “A Midsummer Night?s Dream” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” paying particular attention to issues of gender and friendship. 

The theme of the 2009 Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference was “Shakespeare on Screen: 1899-2009.” Casey’s paper, “Bodies and Loss in ‘Prospero’s Books,” discusses the body of Caliban in Peter Greenaway’s film adaptation of “The Tempest,” connecting the body of Prospero’s “slave” to images of loss and post-colonialism. This is the third time Casey has been invited to present at the conference.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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