Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2007

Burks to speak on ‘Spying and Surveillance in Shakespeare’s London’

Dr. Deborah Burks

Dr. Deborah Burks, associate professor of Renaissance literature at Ohio State University, will give the third Margaret Syers Lecture at Schreiner University, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. The talk, sponsored by Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Burks will speak on “Lifting the Painted Cloth: Spying and Surveillance in Shakespeare's London.”

Dr. Burks’ book, “Horrid Spectacle: Violation in the Theater of Early Modern England,” was published by Duquesne University Press. She is working on another book-length study, “On Watch: Women and the Cultures of Surveillance in Early Modern England.” The Margaret Syers Lecture Series was endowed by Susan Stark and William Syers, children of longtime Kerrville educator, Margaret Syers, who passed away in 2005. Syers was an English teacher in Kerrville for many years. Her children established the endowment in order to bring to Schreiner outstanding speakers on topics of literary interest for the benefit of the campus and the community.

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