Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Stan Hauer will give a talk on King Lear Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. prior to the 2 p.m. matinee showing of the play at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Martha R. Tatum Theatre. His scheduled presentation is part of a unique collaboration between the Departments of Theater and Dance and English in producing the university’s Pre-performance Talk Series.
The Pre-performance Talk Series showcases one of the many ways the College of Arts and Letters brings together the cultural, academic, and community dimensions of higher education. Associate professor of English Dr. Luis Iglesias coordinates the series, showcasing the faculty and diverse programming of both departments.
Over the past four years, the series has included an eclectic roster of speakers, each bringing his/her own unique perspective to viewing the matinee performance of the play.
Hauer’s talk will represent not only the opening of another year of innovative presentations in the series but also his first function as Professor Emeritus, highlighting an impressive career and continued contributions to the university. His areas of expertise include the history of the English language and the medieval languages of Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and Gothic. He is also known for his scholarship on the Old English poem Exodus and Thomas Jefferson, who was among the first in America to study Anglo-Saxon.