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Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture Series

About The Shaheen Memorial Lecture Series

The Shaheen Memorial Lecture Series was established after the death, in 2009, of Dr. Naseeb Shaheen, who was a professor in the English Department at the University of Memphis for many years. Dr. Shaheen wrote extensively about early modern literature, chiefly Shakespeare. His books on biblical references in Shakespeare's plays (1999, 2002) and Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1976) remain the definitive work in this field. He also published a two-volume Pictorial History of Ramallah (Palestine) (1992, 2006). In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Shaheen was a noted philanthropist and collector of pre-King James English Bibles. The Shaheen Memorial Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of English and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities

The Thirteenth Annual Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture

Spring 2024 Lecture Series

Marjorie Garber // Harvard University


Friday, April 12th, Downtown Sheraton
Keynote for ACTC Conference 


After "After the Humanities"

Conversation with Marjorie Garber
Wednesday, April 10th 
Patterson Hall Room 221

Past Shaheen Lecturers


Emily Lordi, Vanderbilt University
"Bringing it Home: Whitney Houston's Black Creative Vision and Agency"


Florence Dore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Modernism, Music, Memphis"


Rob Nixon, Princeton University
"Slow Violence and Environmental Justice in 2021"


 Stephanie Burt, Harvard University 
"Shipping Containers"


Hannibal Hamlin, Professor of English, Ohio State University
"Seven Types of Allusion: Texts Talking with Texts from Shakespeare to the Present"


Yolanda Pierce, Professor and Dean, Howard University School of Divinity
"I have shaken rivers out of my eyes: Black Poetry and Prophetic Rage"


William J. Maxwell, Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis
"Born-Again, Seen-Again James Baldwin: State Surveillance, Afro-Pessimism, and the Literary History of Black Lives Matter."


Nicholas Watson, Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English, Harvard University
"The Word of God in the Mother Tongue, or Why most of what we assume about the history of Bible translation is wrong."


Paul Stevens, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature and Culture, University of Toronto
"Churchill's War Horse: Children's Literature and the Pleasures of War"


Achsah Guibbory, Ann Whitney Olin Prof. of English, Barnard College
"British Israelism: Three Centuries of a Forgotten History"


Katherine Bassard, Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University
"Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible"


Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew Language and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley
"The King James Bible and the Question of Eloquence"


Debora Shuger, Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA
"The Girls of Little Gidding: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Radical Feminism"



10/26/17       "Conversations Across Concentrations"
10/14/16       "Reading Resistance: Bodies, Lessons, Movements"
10/16/15       "Keepin' it Real: The Languages of Authenticity"
9/26/14         "Producing Heroes"