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The Kershaw Lecture

2014 Kershaw Lecture
Writer, director and clown David Gaines will present the Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the Presser Recital Hall in Cope Music Hall at the University of Mount Union. He will also present an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. A reception will follow each of the lectures in the lobby of Cope Music Hall. Read more.

About the Kershaw Lecture
The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, Ohio, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Mrs. Bell's personal interest in Mount Union, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring periodically to the College a person of distinction, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, or music or for an original performance in one of these fields.

Past Kershaw Lecturers

1960-61   

John Ciardi, professor of English, Rutgers University

1961-62

Selden Rodman, poet, author and art critic

1963-64

William D. Snodgrass, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

1964-65

Dame Alicia Markova, prima ballerina

1965-66

Herman Shulin, Broadway producer and director

1966-67

An Evening's Frost, a production featuring the works and letters of poet Robert Frost, starring Will Geer and with Anne Gee Byrd, Thomas Coley and Jack Davidson

1967-68

Benjamin Franklin, Citizen featuring the words of Benjamin Franklin, starring Fredd Wayne

1969-70

Boris Goldovsky, pianist

1971-72

William McVey, sculptor

1976-77

Fred Sherry and Charles Wuorinen, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, cellist and pianist

1977-78

Mitchell Stern, violinist and Robert McDonald, pianist

1978-79

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, vocalist

1996-97

William Albright, composer, organist and pianist

2004-05

Dragan Vukadinovic, senior creative designer, Hyundai/Kia American Design Center

2005-06

Die Audio Gruppe, art group that builds and performs with electroacoustic clothes and dresses

2006-07

Richard Dresser, playwright

2007-08

Kenneth Huff, interdisciplinary visual artist working in a variety of traditional and new media

2008-09

Boys of Lough, Celtic band

2009-10

The Living Theatre Workshops

2010-11 Linden String Quartet
 
2011-12 Jim Clark, nature photographer