Saturday, April 19th, 2008
Worcester State College, Worcester, MA


(subject to change)

9:00 - 9:30
Blue Lounge, Student Center
Registration, Coffee, Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45
Blue Lounge, Student Center
Welcoming Remarks:
Dr. Maureen Shamgochian, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Worcester State College
9:50 - 11:00
Session One
Sullivan Academic Center
Panel A: Gender and the Unnatural (Room 307, Sullivan)

Moderator: Dr. MaryLynn Saul, Worcester State College
  1. Samantha Keefe, Clark University: “Boy, Is That Unnatural!: Male Actors, Boy Actors, and Female Characters of Twelfth Night.”

  2. Jacqueline Morrill, Worcester State College: “The Wicked Women of Macbeth.”

  3. Haley Stefan, Worcester State College: “The ‘W’ in Witchcraft: Women’s Perceived Role in Society.”
Panel B: Where We Are Is Hell (Room 302, Sullivan)

Moderator: Dr. Virginia Vaughan, Clark University
  1. Julia Chesley, Plymouth State University: “Psychological Degradation: Supernatural Interference in Macbeth and Dr. Faustus.”

  2. Patrick Cuff, Fitchburg State College: “Angels, Ghosts, and Devils: The Supernatural in Hamlet and Doctor Faustus.”

  3. Michelle Mercure, Bridgewater State College: “The Spanish Tragedy and the Supernatural: Exploring the Coexistence of the Patriotic and the Subversive Interpretation in The Spanish Tragedy.”
11:10 - 12:20
Session Two
Sullivan Academic Center
Panel C: Eternal Life, Eternal Damnation (Room 307, Sullivan)

Moderator: Ms. Amber Vayo, Worcester State College
  1. Aaron Cutler, Brown University: “Theater of Change: Midsummer, Metamorphoses, and Immortality.”

  2. Steven Smyth, Worcester State College: “Shakespeare, Ghosts, and the Unconscious Mind.”

  3. Jaclyn Sylvia, College of the Holy Cross: “The Legacy of Doctor John Faustus of Wittenberg.”
Panel D: Naturally Speaking (Room 302, Sullivan)

Moderator:  Dr. Helen Whall, College of the Holy Cross
  1. Lisa Cronin, Suffolk University: “Fraudulence in Relation to Fluency: “The Question of Legitimacy through the Unnatural Use of the French Language in Henry V.”

  2. Heather Martone, College of the Holy Cross: “The Supernatural, Natural, and Unnatural: Milk and Blood in Macbeth.”

  3. Claire Marie Stancek, University of Toronto: “Talking to Whom?: Self-directed Curses and Invocations in Richard III and Macbeth.”
12:30 - 2:00
Blue Lounge, Student Center

1:00 Introduction to Speaker

Plenary Speaker:  Dr. Coppélia Kahn, Brown University, "'Against all rules of nature': categories of difference in Othello."
2:00 - 3:10
Session Three
Sullivan Academic Center
Panel E: Haunted Screen (Room 307, Sullivan)

Moderator: Dr. Lisa Gim, Fitchburg State College
  1. Marcy Colalillo, Fitchburg State College: “Throne of Blood and the Spider’s Web: Negotiating the Unnatural and Supernatural in Kurasawa’s Noh Version of Macbeth.”

  2. Laurel Dejniak, Fitchburg State College: “Supernaturally Sexy Shakespeare: Archetypes of Female Power in Macbeth.”

  3. Grahame Turner, Northeastern University: “Painted Devil or Demon Queller: Looking at Macbeth from the Throne of Blood.”
Panel F: Chaos Comes Again (Room 302, Sullivan)

Moderator: Mr. Michael Lebrecque, Worcester State College
  1. Chanchala Gunewardena, Clark University: “The Physics of Lear.”

  2. Bonnie Stewart, University of Massachusetts-Boston: “ ‘O Falsely, Falsely Murdered!’ : The Unnatural Revivification of Desdemona.”

  3. Galen Tan, Tufts University: “Crafting the Storm: The Natural, The Unnatural, and The Supernatural in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.”
Blue Lounge, Student Center
Blue Lounge, Student Center
Presentation of the Conference Awards
3:45 - 4:45
Blue Lounge, Student Center
Performance from The Tempest by Actors’ Shakespeare Project