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Haverford College

Hurford Humanities Center's Mellon Fellow's Symposium for 2008
Shakespeare and the Blending Mind: April 18 - 19

"The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name." A Midsummer Night's Dream, V.i.12-17

This interdisciplinary symposium will consider Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic artistry from the perspective of "conceptual blending," the mind’s ability to create things by combination; metaphor is one form of blending we’ll consider, and theatrical illusion is another.

The symposium has been organized by Michael Booth, Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow, Haverford College and sponsored by the John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center at Haverford College.

This event is free and open to the public and the program includes refreshments and lunch.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions: Email Michael Booth


The symposium will begin with a Wine and Cheese reception at 5:00 PM in Stokes 106.
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The symposium continues at 9:00 AM in Whitehead Campus Center, Room 205.
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