The University Record, October 23, 2000
Click here for new information on the Arthur Miller Symposium, updated Oct. 25.

Events this week honor Arthur Miller

By Jane R. Elgass

The life, work and University connections of alumnus Arthur Miller will be celebrated in a series of public events this week that include a “conversation” with Miller, a ceremony that recognizes the Arthur Miller Theatre, two days of wide-ranging presentations on Miller and exhibitions. Scheduled performances are sold out.

The international symposium, “Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Century of Change,” honoring the playwright’s 85th birthday, begins with a program at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in Rackham Auditorium.

Opening activities include remarks by President Lee C. Bollinger, Provost Nancy Cantor and LS&A Dean Shirley Neuman. A resolution honoring Miller from state government officials will be presented.

Symposium Director Enoch Brater, professor of English and of theatre, will discuss “From Ann Arbor to Broadway and Back Again” at 2:30 p.m. Brater will then be joined by Miller at 3 p.m. for “A Conversation with Arthur Miller” that includes responses to audience questions.

The recognition ceremony for the Arthur Miller Theatre will begin at 4:15 p.m.

At 8:15 p.m., six individuals will gather for a discussion titled “Arthur Miller’s Theater: An International Panel.” Panelists are Linda Ben-Zvi, Tel Aviv University; Laura Cerrato, Universidad de Buenos Aires; John Dorsey, Rikkyo University, Tokyo; Kirsten Herold, Copenhagen; Louis Marks, BBC Drama, London; and Hersh Zeifman, York University, Toronto.

Programs Oct. 27–28, all in the Rackham Building, unless otherwise noted, are:

October 27

  • “Contemporary Re-Visions: Adaptations of Arthur Miller’s Plays,” 8:30 a.m., with Ruby Cohn, University of California, Davis; Elinor Fuchs, Yale School of Drama; Deborah Geis, Oberlin College.

  • “Miller’s Recent Work for the Stage,” 10:30 a.m., with Robert Scanlan, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Mass., and Toby Zinman, University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

  • “Miller’s A View from the Bridge and American Opera,” 1:30 p.m., by William Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music.

  • “Miller and Autobiography,” 3 p.m., with Peter Ferran, Rochester Institute of Technology; Frank Gagliano, U-M Festival of New Plays; and Laurence Goldstein, professor of English.

    October 28

  • “Staging Arthur Miller,” 9 a.m., with Arnold Aronson, Columbia University, and Andrew Sofer, Boston College.

  • “Arthur Miller and the American Theater,” 10:30 a.m., by Mel Gussow, The New York Times.

  • “Reading, Seeing and Teaching Miller’s Plays Today,” closing session, 3:30 p.m., with Brater; Patricia Denison, Barnard College; and Bruce Mann, Oakland University.

    For additional information, visit the Web at For information about a simultaneous Webcast, visit this page and click on “Live Webcast” under “Events.” For information about a volume of essays based on the Symposium, call (734) 764-4392 or visit the Web site.


  • “Arthur Miller at Work: Photographs by Inge Morath,” through Nov. 5, Works on Paper Gallery, Museum of Art.

  • “Arthur Miller at the University of Michigan,” Oct. 25–Dec. 1, North Library, Hatcher Graduate Library.