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Lecture on William Shakespeare
Ruth Enlow Library Hosts Lecture on Shakespeare

In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture about this famous poet and playwright with Dr. Duane Cummins, Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Oakland Library and is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net.

“The life of William Shakespeare is shrouded in mystery,” notes Dr. Cummins. “This lecture probes the mystery with new information that removes some of the uncertainty surrounding his brief 52 years, and identifies snippets of his life found in the body of his plays and poetry. His genius has never been surpassed and his works – read and performed more often today than any other writer in history – still have the power to transform lives. The lecture honors the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, to whom Ben Johnson paid homage as ‘This man, not of an age, but for all time.’ “

Dr. Cummins served as President of Bethany College from 1988 until his retirement in 2002.  In addition to the Bethany presidency, he served as Chairman of the Presidents' Athletic Conference, President of the West Virginia Association for Independent Colleges, and Chair of the East Central College Consortia. Also, he served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors. Since 2002, he has been Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University teaching advanced courses in history and the MLA programs.

A native of Nebraska, Dr. Cummins earned his B.A. degree from Phillips University, his M.A. from the University of Denver, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He began his educational career in 1957 in Denver, Colorado where he chaired a senior high school history department of 11 persons. Beginning in 1967, he spent 10 years at Oklahoma City University, and from 1978 – 1988, he served as president of the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The author of 15 books and numerous articles, Dr. Cummins’ most recent publication was the bicentennial history of Disciples, The Disciples: A Struggle for Reformation, released in July 2009 by Chalice Press. Several of his books, including this latest one, are in the local library’s collection.

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