Royal Wedding Viewing and Panel Discussion

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 22, 2011 – Can’t get enough of the royal wedding? On Friday, April 29, Williams will show highlights and host a panel discussion on the occasion of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials. Starting at 6:30 p.m. outside the Paresky Auditorium, it is free and open to the public.  The Williams cricket club will play a cricket game on the science quad leading up to the event (between 4 to 5  p.m.)

Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot Friday morning in Westminster Abbey in London. The Williams event, for those not awake for the 6 a.m. live broadcast, will kick off with “royal” refreshments in the Luetkemeyer Lounge at 6:30 p.m. The screening of a wedding highlight reel will begin at 7 p.m. The panel discussion will take place immediately after, with several faculty members speaking on different aspects of the royal wedding and British history and culture.

Deb Brothers, costume director and lecturer in theatre, will address the design of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and compare it to earlier royal wedding dresses.

Darra Goldstein, Francis Christopher Oakley Third Professor of Russian, will analyze the royal wedding menu and how it reflects changing notions of food and identity.

Brian Martin, assistant professor of French and comparative literature, will discuss the Swedish royal wedding last summer and compare the Scandinavian royal families with the British.

Kenda Mutongi, professor of history, will talk about how the British royal family is viewed in the former colonies and commonwealth.

Gage McWeeny, assistant professor of English and a specialist in Victorian literature, will explore the roots of royal customs and etiquette.

Chris Waters, Hans W. Gatzke Professor of Modern European History, will assess the development of the British monarchy over the last 100 years and how the British royal family compares to other European royal families.

The event is co-sponsored by the History Department, the International Studies Program, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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