Public Lectures

Every Mellon School program, evening public lectures presented by guest speakers are free and open to the public.

2017 Mellon School Public Lectures
"Research, Pedagogy, Activism"

The 2017 Mellon School Public Lectures will take place in Room 203, Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA from 5:30-7pm.
Monday, June 5: Martin Puchner (Harvard University), "Research, Pedagogy, Activism"
Tuesday, June 6: Elaine Scarry (Harvard University), "Consent and the Body in Theatre"
Wednesday, June 7: Harvey Young (Northwestern University), "Black Death and the ‘Undeadness' of Blackness in Performance"
Thursday, June 8: Carrie Preston (Boston University), “Blackfaced at The Blacks: Audience Participation in Jean Genet’s Lessons on Race and Gender”
Monday, June 12: Doris Sommer (Harvard University), "Ethics of Aesthetics"
Tuesday, June 13: Una Chaudhuri (New York University), "CLIMATE LENS"
Wednesday, June 14: Bonnie Honig (Brown University), "Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Politics of Refusal"

2016 Mellon School Public Lectures
Theaters Sacred and Profane"

Martin Puchner (Harvard University), Opening Address: "Theaters Sacred and Profane"
Ann Pellegrini (New York University), "Shadows of Loss: Performing Witness Between the Religious and the Secular" 
Henry Bial (University of Kansas), "Broadway and Blasphemy" 
Marvin Carlson (CUNY Graduate Center), "The Iranian Ta’zieh—Islam’s Major Religious Drama"
Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), "How Religious was Greek Tragedy?" 
Julia Lupton (UC Irvine), "Shakespearean Theaters of Post-Secularism" 
Sarah Beckwith (Duke University), "King Lear and the Avoidance of Charity" 


2015 Mellon School Public Lectures
"What Gets Performed? The Life of the Dramatic Repertoire"

Martin Puchner (Harvard University), "What Gets Performed"
Sharon Marcus (Columbia University), "Repertory and Merit"
Claire Conceison (Duke University and MIT), "U.S. and/vs China: Canon and Repertoire"
Marc Robinson (Yale University), "Pieces: Excavating American Experimental Theater"
Matthew Wilson Smith (Stanford University), "Not I: In Praise of the Repertoire"
Diana Taylor (New York University), "Archiving the Live"


2014 Mellon School Public Lectures
"Locations of Theater"

Martin Puchner (Harvard University), "Locations of Theater"
Sarah Bay-Cheng (SUNY-Buffalo), "(Dis) Locative Media: Performance and Mobile Technologies"
Seth Harrison & Ariane Lourie Harrison (Harrison Atelier, Yale School of Architecture), "Why the Posthuman is Performed"
David Levine (Bard College Berlin), "Vanishing"
Mike Pearson (Aberystwyth University), "Reciprocity, Conflict, Indifference: Relationships Between Performance and Its Sites"
Heike Roms (Aberystwyth University), "In Search of Lost Place: Location the History of Performance"
Elinor Fuchs (Yale University), "Places of Theatrical Imagination"


2013 Mellon School Public Lectures
"World Theater"

Martin Puchner (Harvard University), "World Theater"
David Savran (CUNY Graduate Center), "Trafficking in National Brands: Notes on the Political Economy of Theatre"
Tore Rem (University of Oslo), "'The Provincial of Provincials': Ibsen and World Theatre"
Aparna Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "The Strains of Modernity: Recursiveness, Multilingual Literacy, and the End of Commerce"
Christopher Balme (Ludwig Maximilian University), "Conceptualizing Global Theater History"
Elin Diamond (Rutgers University), "World Theater and the Question of Tragedy"
Jon McKenzie (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "DesignLab, Smart Media, and Performative Scholarship"


2012 Mellon School Public Lectures
"Theater, Theory, Philosophy"

Martin Puchner (Harvard University), "Theater and Philosophy"
David J. Levin (University of Chicago), "Choreographer's Opera? Bodies, Voices, and Meaning in Pina Bausch's Production of Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice"
Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University), "Spectatorship's Sexual Differentiation: From Liberal Individualism to Relationalist Subjecthood"
Henry S. Turner (Rutgers University), "Shakespeare and Company: Theatricality, Corporations, Political Philosophy"
Freddie Rokem (Tel Aviv University), "The Truth is Concrete: Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin's Summer in Svendborn, 1934"
Dieter Thomä (St. Gallen University), "The Dangerous Actor: Diderot & Company"
David Herskovits (Target Margin Theater), "I Wasn't There: Plato's Extraordinary, Legendary, Stupendous Dinner Party" and David Greenspan (Performer), The Argument, a play by David Greenspan, Lecture and Performance


2011-2012 Academic Year

David Levine, The 2012 Spencer Lecture on Drama (co-sponsored with Harvard University Department of English)


2011 Mellon School Public Lectures
"Theater Among the Other Arts"

Martin Puchner (Harvard University), "Theater Among the Other Arts"
Nicholas Ridout (Queen Mary, University of London), "'I am an actor. I am sincere': amateur theater and amateur politics in Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise"
Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley), "Theaters and Galleries: Medium-Specificity and Cross-Media Performance"
Joseph Roach (Yale University), "A New Poetics: Performance Studies and the Research University"
Toril Moi (Duke University), "19th Century Theater and Painting: The Case of Ibsen" (No video available)
Laurence Senelick (Tufts University), "The Offenbach Century"
Lydia Goehr (Columbia University), "Contesting Art(s) at the Opera, or Painting the Red Sea Red" (No video available)