En garde! Dueling takes center stage in Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series

Two men dueling on stage

Charles R. Miller, head of theatrical productions and a Theatre faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College, is throwing down the glove, so to speak. He defies anyone to fail to enjoy his upcoming presentation, “The History of the Duel.”

The lecture, the last in the spring 2013 Faculty Lecture Series, takes place April 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Miller’s lecture encompasses the origin of the duel and how it has changed throughout history. He also covers weapon styles and how they have changed, as well as the reasons duels were fought.

portrait of man with goatee in a dark gray striped shirt.“I will be giving some examples of very unusual duels,” he said, “because, historically, there have been some very odd things that happened.”

Miller will draw on his experience choreographing fights, and he will have support from students and colleagues when they demonstrate duels, weapon styles, and duel etiquette.

Given his background and interests, the duel is a natural lecture topic for Miller. He also says that he felt compelled to present something visual and theatrical after seeing some of the other faculty lectures given this academic year by his peers.

“Everybody has been doing theatrically based lectures—from Tyra Barrett’s ‘Economics: the Musical’ to Keith Norris’ lecture where he had fellow musicians and singers,” Miller said. “I had to try to do something very theatrical.”

As one of the Faculty Lecture Series presentations, the April 23 event is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State series. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For additional information about “The History of the Duel,” call (865) 694-6400. To learn more about The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.