Giles Wilkeson Gray Lecture Series

The late Giles Wilkeson Gray, professor emeritus of the Department of Speech at LSU, was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, on December 11,1889. He received a B.A. from DePauw University in 1914, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1923, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1926.  After teaching at the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa, he came to the Department of Speech at LSU, where he remained until his retirement in 1960. He held visiting professorships at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Georgia, St. Louis University, and the University of California, Berkeley.  Gray was active in the Speech Association of America. He was a member of the council of the association from 1938 to 1944, editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech from 1939 to 1941, and served as president of the Southern Speech Association from 1936 to 1937. One of his important contributions to the speech association was completion of the 50-year index to the Quarterly Journal of Speech and Speech Monographs. He published original scholarship in speech science, public address, speech education, parliamentary law, and linguistics.  While at LSU, he coauthored-with C. M. Wise the widely recognized Bases of Speech and with Waldo W. Braden-Public Speaking: Principles and Practice. He brought to his classes a broad knowledge of speech and its place in democratic society. In 1932 he established one of the early laboratories in speech science and experimental phonetics. He directed 37 theses and 14 dissertations.  Gray died August 27, 1972. His teaching and scholarship extended far beyond the department at LSU. As few others have done, he shaped an entire professional field, expanding its knowledge, directing its focus, and endowing its permanent values.

Giles Wilkeson Gray Lecture Program


2018 Lecture Information

Please join us for the 2018 Gray Lecture with Richard Schechner on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Hill Memorial Library. This year's subject is "Ramlila of Ramnagar: a 31 day cycle play", a lecture about ritual theatre, aesthetics, politics, and religion in Indian culture. A reception is to follow the lecture. 

Richard Schechner is University Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He is the editor of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. He is the founder of New York's The Performance Group and East Coast Artists and has directed plays and/or conducted performance workshops in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. He is the general editor of the Enactments Book Series for Seagull Books, Kolkata, distributed by the University of Chicago Press. His books include Environmental Theater, The End of Humanism, Performance Theory, Between Theatre and Anthropology, The Future of Ritual, Performance Studies—An Introduction, and Performed Imaginaries. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has been awarded Guggenheim, NEH, Asian Cultural Council, Leverhulme, and Erasmus Mundus fellowships. He has fellowships from or been a visiting professor at seventeen universities in the US, Europe, and Asia including Dartmouth, Cornell, Princeton, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and Goethe University, Germany. He is the recipient of several "lifetime achievement" awards and three honorary doctorates. 


A Day with Richard Schechner

Dr. Schechner will meet with a smaller group of our community on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 2:30pm at the Hopkins Black Box theatre. A documentary on his work will be shown at a prior date to this. If you wish to be part of this event, email Serap Erincin to make a reservation as space is limited for this meeting. Please put "Reservation for Day with RS" on the title of your email.