UT Pregame Showcase Focuses on Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theater

misty-andersonMisty Anderson, an English and theatre professor, will be speaking at this week’s Pregame Showcase on “Methodism and Eighteenth-Century Theatre.”

This week’s showcase will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, two hours before the Vols’ home game against the Florida Gators.

Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences prior to each gridiron matchup.

Free and open to the public, each showcase features a thirty-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute question-and-answer session. Presentations begin two hours before kickoff in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Ballroom (Room 213). A brief reception will be held immediately following each program. A door prize will be awarded.

Anderson’s presentation will focus on early Methodism’s relationship to eighteenth-century theater. In the 1700s, Methodism was a new evangelical movement that had recently grown out of the Anglican Church. Many satirists of the time regarded Methodism as a form of theater due to its practices of field preaching, singing and tearful sermons.  Methodism’s first hostile observers mocked its theatricality but were nonetheless fascinated by the emotional power of Methodism during the Age of Reason.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of the season:

October 11—”Bashing and Building: Financing Urban Redevelopment in Seventeenth-Century Rome.” Dorothy Habel, professor of art, will look to the past to share insight into real estate financing, the bond market, and urban ownership.

October 25—”Play Throughout the Animal World.” Gordon M. Burghardt, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology, will explore the importance of play to humans and animals.

November 15—”Expanding the Synthetic Toolbox for Pharmaceuticals.” David M. Jenkins, associate professor of chemistry, will look at how man-made chemicals can be used to make medicine.

November 22—”Let’s Play! Shakespeare for Civilians.” Kathleen S. Buckley, associate professor of theatre, will host a Shakespeare workshop with audience participation.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)