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Alabama Shakespeare Director is Connor Society Lecturer

Dr. Susan Willis, Alabama Shakespeare Festival Dramaturge and English Professor at Auburn University, will deliver the Third Annual Connor Society Lecture.

Willis will speak on “Pursuing Shakespeare, or a Response to ‘No, I’ve seen Hamlet before’” at 3:30 p.m. on September 11 in the UTC Fine Arts Center. The lecture, which will take place in the Ward Theater, is free and open to the public.

Prior to Willis’ lecture, Dr. Fred Obear, Dr. Tom Ware and Carolyn Mitchell will present readings from some of the late George Connor’s favorite literary works.

A distinguished Shakespeare scholar and teacher, Willis has served for 20 years as dramaturge and director at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has directed numerous plays for the ASF, including The Taming of the Shrew, Steel Magnolias, and Fair and Tender Ladies. She is the author of the highly regarded BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon.

A reception honoring Willis will be held in the Patten House on the UTC campus, beginning at 2 p.m. on September 11. Dr. Charles Thornbury, who compiled and edited Living with the Word, a collection of Mr. Connor’s writings and speeches, will be present to autograph books.

Those who would like to attend the reception are asked to contribute $25 each to the Connor Society to help fund future programs. Make your check payable to The Connor Society, and mail to The Connor Society, 732 Cherry Street, Chattanooga 37402.

The Connor Society is a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Chattanooga Foundation. Its purpose is to celebrate the life of George Connor, the late Guerry Professor of English at UTC, through annual programs in the areas of interest to which he dedicated his life.

September 1, 2005

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