What’s Past is Prologue: The UBC Shakespeare First Folio
When the University of British Columbia acquired a copy of the Shakespeare First Folio in 2021, this cultural treasure became the permanent property of the people of British Columbia. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of its publication, we invite you to attend a thought-provoking panel discussion as part of a larger academic symposium. The panel will explore whether or not a centuries-old book, steeped in the legacies of colonialism and capitalism, can help us reevaluate and transform our understanding of the role of Shakespeare’s works in modern society. Join us for an evening of intriguing possibilities, complete with an opportunity to see the folio in person and a catered reception.
Presented in partnership with UBC Faculty of Arts, SFU English Department, and the UBC First Folio Research Excellence Cluster.
Patricia Badir (she/her/hers) – Professor and Head of English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia
Paul Budra (he/him/his) – Professor of English and Director of Publications, Simon Fraser University
Linc Kesler (he/him/his) – Retired Associate Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia
Aaron T. Pratt (he/him/his) – Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Emma Smith (she/her/hers) – Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Hertford College, Oxford; Associate Scholar, Royal Shakespeare Company; 2023 Sam Wanamaker Fellow, Shakespeare’s Globe
Friday, November 17, 2023
Reception: 4:00–6:00 pm
Forum: 6:00–7:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, Room 1400
555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC – map
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Patricia Badir is Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia. She teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature and publishes on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as on the literary afterlives of New Testament saints. She is currently finishing a book on Shakespeare and colonial infrastructure in British Columbia, tentatively titled Settling Shakespeare: Bardolaty in BC, 1900-1960.
Paul Budra teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature and has published articles on Renaissance literature and contemporary popular culture. He is the author of A Mirror for Magistrates and the de casibus Tradition and Shakespeare Early and Late: A Textbook. He is the co-editor of the essay collections Part Two: Reflections on the Sequel; Soldier Talk: Oral Narratives of the Vietnam War; From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom; and Shakespeare and Consciousness. He is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, former Chair of SFU’s English Department, former Associate Dean of SFU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and winner of the SFU Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004.
Linc Kesler has degrees in English literature from Yale and the University of Toronto. At UBC, he served as the first director of First Nations Studies in the Faculty of Arts and then worked in central administration on Indigenous strategic initiatives as Director of the First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs. He led the development of the university’s first Indigenous strategic plan and other initiatives, including the establishment of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. Since becoming an emeritus professor, he has returned to research and is completing a book, on Early Modern drama, time, and causality.
Aaron T. Pratt
Aaron T. Pratt is Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, a special collections library, archive, and museum at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus on bibliography, the history of the book, and the literature and culture of early modern England. His writing has appeared — or will soon appear — in a number of venues, both academic and public, including Fine Books and Collections, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, The Library, and edited collections published by Oxford and Cambridge. His first major exhibition, The Long Lives of Very Old Books, is open at the Ransom Center through the end of the year.
Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford. She is the author of The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio (2015, second ed. 2023) and Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book (2016, second ed. 2023). Her work focuses on Shakespeare’s reception in print, performance, and criticism. She has worked as a dramaturg, is Associate Scholar with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is the 2023 Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is currently working on an edition of Twelfth Night.
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