Inaugural Shakespeare Conference Held at La Verne

May 2, 2013 by University of La Verne

Ashley Lunsford of California State University, Fullerton presented "Verbal and Written Exhibitionism: Demonstrating Transformations Through Language."

The University of La Verne Shakespeare Center held its inaugural Shakespeare Conference Program on Saturday, April 27 2013. In concordance with La Verne Theatre Department’s production of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” performed at the conclusion of the conference, it was a day of discussion, and film and theatre presentations to examine various aspects of the play and Shakespeare.

Speakers at the event included Director of the La Verne Shakespeare Center Jeffrey Kahan and several other speakers from institutions such as Claremont Graduate University, Queen’s University and University of California, Riverside.

Kahan recently published “Shakespiritualism: Shakespeare and the Occult, 1850-1950,” a thought-provoking study on spiritualists and debatable meanings in Shakespeare’s writings, which is now available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

On stage, in the classroom and in the community, the La Verne Shakespeare Center promotes an accessible, contemporary, and relevant Shakespeare. Designed for the diverse audiences and participants of Southern California, the center is a resource for creative, educational, and scholarly activities. Through alliances with Arts organizations and theater professionals, the center produces a variety of Shakespeare programs and public events.

For more information on the Shakespeare Center, visit

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