Jones Humanities Series kicks off second year

In two weeks, Norfolk Collegiate will kick-off its second year of the Betty M. & William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series. This year’s theme, Politics, Stage & Silver Screen: 400 Years Since Shakespeare, is a trio of presentations and an art exhibition inspired by the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Politics, Stage & Silver Screen presentations are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Hackney Theater of the Meredith Center for the Arts. A reception will again follow each lecture.

Collegiate’s history department chair Paige Solomon, English teacher Judy Davis and art teacher Jennifer Schero teamed up for the second installment in the series and these efforts will be commemorated through a series of lectures in December, February and April. 

“I think Lou Vermillion, whom the program honors, would have loved this year's series,” said Betty Jones. “Its intertwining of the humanities is exactly what she advocated.” The Jones began the series in the fall of 2014 and dedicated it in memory of Louise M. Vermillion, who launched the Norfolk Collegiate humanities class in the 1960s and continued to teach it until the early 1980s. The Joneses wanted to see similar programming that demonstrated Norfolk Collegiate’s role in educating the larger community as well as its students.   


Nicholas PopperDr. Nicholas Popper

The first presentation, Sir Walter Ralegh and Shakespeare's Cultural and Political Milieu by Dr. Nicholas Popper will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Hackney Theater. Popper is a professor of history at The College of William & Mary and author of the book Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance. Popper will examine how early modern Englishmen navigated the turmoil of globalization, religious strife and political intrigue using the life and career of Walter Ralegh, who was the archetypal “Renaissance Man.” Investigating how and why Ralegh embraced the roles of soldier, poet, pirate, sailor, courtier, parliamentarian, historian and penitent, Popper will illuminate the dynamics of his constantly changing world in his presentation.


David KrohnAlumnus and Baritone David krohn '02

The series will continue on Valentine’s Day with a special presentation by alumnus David Krohn ’02 when he presents If Music be the Food of Love, Play on – Songs & Arias Inspired by The Great Bard. Krohn, a baritone, will take guests on a musical voyage through the life and works of William Shakespeare. His presentation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, from 3-5 p.m. and you won’t want to miss the talents of Krohn.

Guest also will be able to peruse the Gallery at the Meredith Center for the Arts to view a unique collection of Shakespearean ephemera from Virginia Stage Company's past performances. Thanks to the efforts of art teacher Jennifer Schero, the exhibit will be open through April 20, 2016.


Andrew QuickeProfessor Andrew Quicke

Wrapping up the series will be Professor Andrew Quicke who will present Shakespeare on the Silver Screen on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 7 p.m. Chair of film and television and director of the M.F.A. program in cinema-television at Regent University, Quicke will present and discuss some of the memorable moments from Shakespeare in film.  

For more information about the series and the speakers, please click here.

The series is FREE and open to the public, so please invite your friends and family!