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A guest lecturer will examine how 18th-century Jewish fighter Daniel Mendoza battled Jewish stereotypes as well as other boxers in Georgia and England during a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, February 22.

Daniel O’Quinn, a professor at the University of Guelph, will give a talk titled “Shylocks: Anti-Semitism, Pugilism and the Repertoire of Theatrical Violence” in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of John C. Hodges Library. It is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, O’Quinn will explore the career of the great Mendoza, the “Star of Jerusalem,” and his triumphs over the conspicuously English boxer Richard Humphries both before and after the French Revolution.

O’Quinn is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium and Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770–1800. Both are researched works of performance history that show how theatrical performance, in conjunction with newspapers, detailed the scripts of British liberty, masculinity, sociability, and sovereignty in a global colonial age.

The lecture is a part of the Humanities Center Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series.

The remaining UT Humanities Center visiting scholar lectures are:

March 21—Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of History, University of Chicago, “Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water and Long-Run Economic Development in China”

March 28—Helmut Reimitz, professor of history, Princeton University, “Romanitas after Rome: On the use and abuse of Roman history in the early medieval West”

April 7—John Bryant, professor of English, Hofstra University, “Big Data, Small Data: Melville and the Humanities as Fluid Texts”

April 18—Barbara Savage, Geraldine Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, “Merze Tate: Cosmopolitan Woman, Diplomatic Historian, World Traveler”


Joan Murray (865-974-4222,