Shakespeare and Cervantes

Oct. 13 - 14, 2016: Eight of the world's most distinguished and downright interesting Shakespeare and Cervantes scholars come to UB for “Object and Adaptation: The Worlds of Shakespeare and Cervantes,” a conference marking the 400 anniversary of the death of both writers.

Literary leaders on Shakespeare and Cervantes

  • Sarah Beckwith, Duke University, “Shakespeare’s Book of Second Chances: The Winter’s Tale and Its Hauntings”
  • Bruce Burningham, Illinois State University “Crouching Squire, Hidden Madman: Ah Gan’s Don Quixote and Postmodern China”
  • Sheila Cavanagh, Emory University, “Of Every Nation a Traveler: Shakespeare in the Electronic Global World”
  • William Egginton. Johns Hopkins University “Fiction in the Age of Inflammatory Media”
  • Barbara Fuchs, UCLA, “Shakespearean Properties, Or How to Diversify the Theatrical Canon”
  • Jean Howard, Columbia University, “Re-Imagining the History Play in the Age of Thatcher”
  • Laurie Shannon, Northwestern University, “Hamlet’s Kindness”
  • Julian Yates. University of Delaware, “Macbeth’s Bubbles/Shakespeare’s Cosmopolitics” 

Conference Details

  • Hosted by the UB Humanities Institute (Oct. 13 and 14, 2016)
  • Center for the Arts Screening Room, North Campus
  • 9:30 am-4pm both days
  • the conference and most other events are free and open to the public

For more information about all of the regional events in this Shakespeare commemorative year, see

For the detailed schedule including conference abstracts, and to register in advance for lunches both days, see

Additional activities

  • Thursday (10/13) 3:00 p.m. in the CFA Screening Room: UB Gray Chair of Poetry and Poetics Steve McCaffrey and friends will read from his poem “Dark Ladies” 
  • Thursday (10/13) 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. — the after-party at the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, UB English Department Professor and Dean of Undergraduate Education Andy Stott will host a “Shakespeare Jubilee” 
    • Tours of the outstanding rare books exhibit of Buffalo’s unprecedented eight 17-century Shakespeare Folios
      • these folios, four of which UB owns and four owned by the B&ECPL, will be “wed” in a prior ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
    • Tours of the “Milestones of Science” exhibit and prequel snippets from UB’s Theatre and Dance’s two fall Shakespeare-themed productions, Return from the Forbidden Planet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   
    • (these folios, four of which are owned by UB and four of which are owned by the B&ECPL, will be “wed” in a prior 
  • Friday (10/14) conference concludes with a reading from historian Roger Chartier’s essay “When Shakespeare met Cervantes,” and a conference roundtable.