Mary Baldwin University’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance will host two lectures by Dr. Carole Levin, Renaissance scholar and former Mary Baldwin Commencement speaker, March 17 and 18.

Levin’s first lecture, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” will be held at Blackfriars Playhouse at 6 p.m. March 17. A second lecture in Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery, “Dreams of Dynasties in Shakespeare’s Histories, Tragedies, and Romances,” at 4:30 p.m. on March 18 rounds out her visit. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Levin is director of the Medieval and Renaissance studies program at the University of Nebraska where she specializes in early modern English women’s and cultural history. Her books include, Shakespeare’s Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age, co-authored with John Watkins (Cornell University Press, 2009); Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); The Reign of Elizabeth I (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002); and The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), which was named one of the top 10 academic books of the 1990s by the readers of Lingua Franca. She is the past president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, the co-founder and president of the Queen Elizabeth I Society, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Students in Mary Baldwin University’s coed Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance (MLitt/MFA) program learn, direct, and perform in the authentically recreated Blackfriars Playhouse; benefit from the college’s partnership with internationally acclaimed American Shakespeare Center; and combine academic and applied aspects of Shakespearean theatrical studies. For more information, contact Amanda Allen or call 540-887-7237.