Medieval manuscripts and a celebration of the works of William Shakespeare – or are they – will be featured during three presentations the week of Oct. 10.

Dr. Rebecca Mouser

Dr. Rebecca Mouser

Dr. Rebecca Mouser, assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will present “Medieval Manuscripts: Production, Product, Digitization” at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Corley Auditorium.

Mouser’s presentation will cover the process required to reproduce a medieval manuscript, as well as digitization and open access. Her discussion will also include reading from Old English and Middle English manuscripts.

“The Questionable Identity of Shakespeare” will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Corley Auditorium.

Felicia Hardison Londré

Felicia Hardison Londré

Felicia Hardison Londré, professor of theatre at UMKC, will give a slide presentation that exams the case for Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-16040, as the historical figure whose documented life, writing and personality related closely to specifics in the plays credited to William Shakespeare. The Shakespeare lover of any persuasion will gain fresh insights by looking with an open mind at evidence related to this persistent issue.

At 1 p.m., Londré will present “Oh, Brave New World! Shakespeare in America.” It will trace the trajectory of the Bard’s plays from their arrival in America with English-speaking settlers to our vast contemporary network of American Shakespeare festivals.

Each of the Great Britain Semester events is free and open to the public.