Tom Coyne | April 19, 2017
Peter Holland, the College of Arts and Letters’ associate dean for the arts and the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, has been named chair of the International Shakespeare Association.
Holland, a professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and Fellow of the Medieval Institute, was selected by the association’s executive committee from candidates nominated worldwide for the prestigious position.
The association, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of Shakespeare, seeks to further the study of the playwright’s life and to connect Shakespeareans and Shakespeare societies around the world.
“I am delighted and proud to be representing the University in this way,” Holland said. “This is one more way in which Notre Dame is shown to be one of the world’s leading centers for Shakespeare scholarship.”
Holland begins his initial five-year term as International Shakespeare Association chair in mid-April.
Outgoing ISA chair Peter Holbrook of the University of Queensland in Australia described Holland as a “leader in the field of Shakespeare studies over many years.” In announcing Holland’s selection, Holbrook also wrote that the ISA is “extremely privileged to have such a distinguished scholar and colleague lead the association into its next phase.”