Dr. Garry Walton on WUNC’s The State of Things

[from The State of Things websiteRwanda & Juliet: In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The oft-quoted passage takes on new meaning in a production of Romeo and Juliet staged in Rwanda with both Hutu and Tutsi victims of the 1994 genocide. The documentary film Rwanda & Juliet follows the production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy in Kigali, Rwanda in the spring of 2013.

Rwanda & Juliet screens at Meredith College on October 10th as part of a week-long celebration of the English department.  Host Frank Stasio speaks with the film’s director, Ben Proudfoot, and with Gary Walton, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and professor of English at Meredith College, about cultural imperialism and art as reconciliation.

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