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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Voltaire's Coffee: Dr. Alan Friedman, English Fall 2009

Mon, August 24, 2009 • 7:00 PM • This VC will be held on campus. Room information will be emailed to those registered in the VC.

Shakespeare’s King Lear, led by Dr. Alan Friedman, Professor of English.

About the book: King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman king, who divides his realm between his daughters and offers the largest share to the one who loves him best. Greed, trickery and romance are just a few of the many plot elements that Shakespeare employs to make probing observations on the nature of human suffering and kinship.

About the professor: A professor of English and one of Plan II's professors for the first-year World Literature class, Dr. Friedman's areas of interest include British and American modernism, the novel, drama (especially Shakespeare), international programs, faculty governance, and academic freedom. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, and he has won many distinguished teaching awards both from Plan II and the University of Texas as a whole, including the Outstanding UT Professor Award (2003), the Chad Oliver Teaching Award for Plan II (2003), the Thomas Mabry Cranfill Teaching Fellowship in support of Actors from the London Stage (2004), and the titles of Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow (2003) and Parlin Fellow.

This VC will be held on campus.  Room information will be emailed to those registered in the VC.

Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association and Plan II Honors Program


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