Shakespeare Lightning Round: David Sterling Brown

Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 5:00 pm
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Dr. David Sterling Brown is a professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric at Binghamton University/State University of New York. He is an executive board member of the RaceB4Race conference series.

He is the author of “‘Is Black so Base a Hue?’: Black Life Matters in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus,” a chapter in the anthology Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); “Remixing the Family,” which appeared in Titus Andronicus: The State of Play (The Arden Shakespeare, 2019); and “The ‘Sonic Color Line’: Shakespeare and the Canonization of Sexual Violence Against Black Men,” published in the August 16, 2019 edition of The Sundial. He has recently finalized his book project about Shakespeare and the color line. More of his work has been published or is forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies, Radical Teacher, Hamlet: The State of Play, White People in Shakespeare, The Hare, Literary Compass, Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies, Shakespeare and Digital Pedagogy, and other venues.

In 2016, Brown was awarded a Folger Shakespeare Library NEH-sponsored Grant Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates. In addition to providing him access to several Folger workshops— such as "Shakespeare in America: America's Shakespeare"— the grant supported the development and teaching of a co-taught digital humanities course, "Diversifying Shakespeare," which also resulted in Brown and his collaborators contributing to Folgerpedia and organizing a statewide undergraduate conference in Arizona. In 2019, Brown was invited to join a select group of high school teachers and Shakespeare scholars to participate in Folger Education's "Teaching Race Everyplace" think tank summit. As part of his efforts to diversify the teaching of Shakespeare, and expand the reach of early modern race studies scholarship and antiracist pedagogy beyond higher education, Brown engages in ongoing work with the Folger.