Hall Center For The Humanities


Laura Mielke

Provocative Eloquence: Theatre, Oratory, and Collective Violence in America, 1820-1860
Seminars : Resident Fellows Seminar

Mon., Mar. 31, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Open to faculty, staff, & graduate students. Lunch provided. RSVP by March 24 to hallcenter@ku.edu
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

This study considers how, in what has come to be known as America's Golden Age of Oratory, theaters persistently staged scenes in which eloquent speakers provoked mob violence or forceful acts of censorship. As the nation divided over the issue of slavery and headed for war, the theatre offered hard-hitting analysis of the close relationship between expression and force in the U.S.

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