Dr. Kim Pereira to Deliver YHC’s Shaw Lecture on Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Author: Molly Blaschke
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Kim Pereira, Ph.D., will deliver Young Harris College’s annual Shaw Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Actor, director and author Kim Pereira, Ph.D., will deliver Young Harris College’s annual Shaw Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pereira’s lecture, titled “August Wilson: The Journey and Mythology of African Americans," will highlight how Wilson uses the themes of separation, migration and reunion to depict the physical and psychological journeys of African Americans in the 20th century.
He is the author of “August Wilson and the African-American Odyssey,” the first critical study of the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s four plays, and has published essays about them in national and international journals such as The Cambridge Companion to August Wilson.

As an actor, Dr. Pereira has performed in several plays across the United States and his native India, with major roles in classical and contemporary plays including Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice,” Iago in “Othello” and Malvoli in “Twelfth Night.” His directing credits include “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Colored Museum,” “Oedipus,” “Antigone” and “The Trojan Women.” 

Dr. Pereira has also written several of his own works. “Hostage,” his play about an American journalist and his Arab captor, was a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2013. He has presented papers at conferences on African American theatre, Indian theatre and Shakespeare, and was awarded the Strand Diversity Award in 2003.

Dr. Pereira earned his M.A. in English and American literature from the University of Bombay in India and his Ph.D. in theatre from Florida State University. He currently teaches acting and world drama at Illinois State University, and served as the university’s director of honors from 2006-2013.

The Shaw Lecture Series was established by Young Harris College alumna and faculty member Martha Luelle Shaw, ’29, in 1977.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.