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Shakespeare and Beloit’s Round Barn topics of upcoming Keefer and Keefer Lecture

Monday, October 10, 2011

Book signing by Round Barn author Jacqueline Dougan Jackson’50 to precede the lecture

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Keefer Professor of Humanities Tom McBride will deliver the annual Keefer and Keefer lecture Wednesday, Oct. 26. This year’s lecture is titled “SINGULAR AND RURAL:  From Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden to Beloit’s Round Barn.”

McBride’s lectures are famous for their humor, erudition, and lively delivery. This fall’s lecture focuses on the pastoral tradition, taking examples from William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It and Beloit alumna Jacqueline Dougan Jackson’50’s new book, The Round Barn, Volume 1: A Biography of an American Farm.

Jackson’s book features a number of stories first printed by the Beloit Daily News. The stories center around traditional aspects of farming—the silo and barn, the milk house, milk routes—and includes a history of Midwestern farming from 1900 to 1970 focusing on biography, genetics, growth of technology (especially in hybrid corn and artificial breeding), how the local countryside survived the Great Depression, and many more. The stories also feature Beloiters, such as Judge Arthur Luebke, who served as a Rock County municipal and circuit judge from 1949 to 1978. 

A dairy bar reception, featuring chocolate and white milk, ice cream, and various cheeses, will be held preceding the lecture.  Books will be available for purchase and Jackson will be present to sign them. The reception and signing will continue following the lecture.

This event is free and open to the public. The reception will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hendricks Center for the Arts, and the lecture will be held in room 132 of the Hendricks Center at 8 p.m. Those unable to attend the event may purchase Jackson’s book at Turtle Creek Bookstore or may order copies from the author at jjack1@uis.edu or online at www.roundbarnstories.com. People may request copies of McBride’s lecture from him at mcbridet@beloit.edu.