The Associated Colleges of the South invites its member institutions to join us as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death through a series of events and performances in 2016.

We encourage all of our member colleges to think creatively about how we can build upon and collaborate for this celebration. We also hope to partner with cultural, arts, and humanities organizations, as well as museums and libraries throughout the South.  At ACS, we will collect information about any events on our campuses and across our region, which we will make known to you through our website and future Palladian newsletters.

We would like to pay particular attention to two important conferences during 2016 where we will bring together students and faculty from all ACS institutions.

  •  On April 21-23, 2016, Rhodes College will host a multidisciplinary symposium on the eventful year 1616, which will involve a keynote address (Thomas Christensen, author of 1616: The World in Motion), the United States premiere of an innovative one-actor show based on the last days of Shakespeare’s life (by UK artist Gareth Somers), and additional speakers ranging across the liberal arts and sciences. ACS intends to assist participating faculty with travel and lodging expenses. Further information is available at
  • In November 2016, we intend to convene a large undergraduate conference in Atlanta on “Shakespeare: Text, Performance, and Digital Scholarship.” We will invite as many as twelve students per ACS school, nominated by faculty based on their scholarly and creative work. There will be panels for presenting research and critical papers on Shakespeare as well as performance opportunities for individuals and troupes of actors.  Mentors would accompany groups of students to permit intellectual exchange between students and faculty members. Morehouse College, Emory University, and Georgia Tech will all host special events (such as the exhibition of the First Folio at Emory) as part of this conference.

The ACS has secured foundation support to help underwrite the undergraduate conference in Atlanta and will continue to seek additional funding for these events.

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The ACS is organizing a discussion and mailing list for faculty, students, and staff who may be interested in participation.  Please contact David Morton ( to add your name to the list.