[Milton-L] Milton's 400th at Harvard

Jason Kerr jason.kerr.1 at bc.edu
Fri Dec 5 06:42:10 EST 2008

Many of you may already know about this, but there will also be a week of
festivities at Harvard to celebrate Milton's 400th. See below for details.

Jason Kerr

Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of John Milton's Birth!

A series of events celebrating the 400th anniversary of Milton's birth kicks
this Saturday, Dec. 6, with a marathon reading of Paradise Lost, and
all through next week.  From an experimental theatrical production of
masque "Comus" (Wednesday, Dec. 10) to a "Milton's Greatest Hits" lunch
(Friday, Dec. 12) to panel discussions and lectures with leading early
modernists, there is a Milton event waiting for you.  Come join us as we
remember and toast everyone's favorite Puritan!

All events are free and open to the public; everyone welcome!

Complete info available at http://isites.harvard.edu/k46682.

Questions?  miltonsdramas at gmail.com

Schedule of events:

Saturday, December 6, 1pm
Marathon reading of Paradise Lost. Hosted by the Harvard Advocate, at their
building at 21 South St.  Food served all day.  Copies of the poem will be

Tuesday, December 9
400th Anniversary of Milton's birth

Tuesday, December 9, dawn (7am)
Dramatic reading of "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," on the morning of
Milton's nativity, on the Weeks Memorial footbridge behind Leverett House.
Breakfast to be served.  Copies of the poem will be provided.

Tuesday, December 9, 6pm
Quentin Skinner will deliver a lecture on "Milton's Noble Task," in Emerson
Room 105.

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30pm
"Comus," Milton's "Masque at Ludlow Castle," performed by members of the
and area community, and directed by Larry Switzky (doctoral candidate,
Harvard). Barker Center (12 Quincy St.), first floor, near the central

Thursday, December 11, 5pm
The English Department's Renaissance Colloquium
(http://isites.harvard.edu/k40975) presents a panel discussion with faculty
from several universities on the state of Milton studies today. Panelists
include Dayton Haskin (Boston College), Barbara Lewalski (Harvard), Jennifer
Lewin (Boston University), Thomas Luxon (Dartmouth), Dan Shore (Harvard),
Douglas Trevor (University of Michigan). The session will meet in Barker
Center, Room 269.

Friday, December 12, 12pm
A catered lunchtime reading of Milton's "greatest hits," performed by the
faculty and students who love them. Readers will include Amy Boesky (Boston
College), Mary Crane (Boston College), Barbara Lewalski (Harvard), Jennifer
Lewin (Boston University), Thomas Luxon (Dartmouth), Nigel Smith
Gordon Teskey (Harvard), and Douglas Trevor (University of Michigan). Room
at 2 Arrow St.

Friday, December 12, 4:30pm
Christopher Ricks (Boston University) will deliver a lecture on "Blasphemy
Milton's 'Comus.'" Harvard Hall Room 102. Reception to follow at Room 420 on
Arrow St.

Events sponsored by: the English Department, the Committee on Degrees in
and Literature, the Renaissance Colloquium, the Drama Colloquium, and the
Provostial Funds Committee for the Office of the Dean for the Arts and

The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.

          —Czeslaw Milosz, from "Ars Poetica?"
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