Event programming

The Wertheim Lecture in Comparative Drama

The Albert Wertheim Lecture in Comparative Drama is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and was established in memory of our colleague, Albert Wertheim, who had appointments in English and Theatre and Drama, as well as Comparative Literature. This lecture seeks to bring scholars to Indiana University with various approaches to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of drama.

  • 2023-24: Xiaomei Chen - “Propagandist Theater as Dramatic Art: Beginnings, War Dramas, and the Politics of Socialist Performance”
  • 2022-23: Henry I. Schvey - “The Plastic Theatre of Tennessee Williams: ‘Words Weren’t Enough’”
  • 2021-22: Matthew Isaac Cohen - “’Come like shadows, so depart!’ Notes towards a Global History of Shadow Theatre”
  • 2019-20: Andrew Galloway - “Jill’s Jobs: Women Making Medieval Drama”
  • 2018-19: Barbara Goff - “Homer gets off the boat in New Jersey: comparative drama and classical reception in a time of migration”
  • 2017-18: Thomas Hare - “Zen in Love”
  • 2016-17: Katherine Rowe - “Virtual Globe Theatres (Playgoing in a Networked World)”
  • 2015-16: Alexa Hwang - “Worlds Elsewhere: Global Shakespeare and its Discontent”
  • 2014-15: Walter Cohen - “Renaissance and Early Modern Drama: Europe and Eurasia”
  • 2013-14: Dennis Walder - "The Play’s the Thing: A Journey through the Drama of South Africa”