Lunchtime Lectures is an event series intended to give alumni a taste of their college days. 

Dr. Charlotte Canning

Dr. Charlotte Canning   

“When the U.S. Army Staged 'Othello' on the Eve of Invading Mexico”

Wednesday, July 13 
Noon–1 p.m.   

As the U.S. Army camped on the border in 1846 while preparing to invade Mexico, they turned to the theatre to build morale. They set their sights high and resolved to produce the period’s most frequently performed and popular Shakespeare tragedy, Othello. The officers cast themselves in the lead roles. The part of Desdemona went to future U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant. This extraordinary event is often overlooked in U.S. and Texas history.     

Dr. Charlotte Canning received her doctorate from the University of Washington. Her most recent books include Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography, co-edited with Tom Postlewait  and On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism, the latter of which won the Joe A. Calloway Prize awarded every other year for the best book on drama or theatre published during the previous two years. Currently, she is coediting an anthology on global feminist performance. Additionally, Dr. Canning is writing a book on the history of theatre in Texas for The University of Texas Press.