James Tatum

Academic Appointments

Aaron Lawrence Professor of Classics, Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae
HB 6086

Speaking engagements

"Goodness Gracious! Anybody Hurt? How a Great Work Can Be a time Bomb in Your Life."  Williams Lecture in the Liberal Arts, Emory University, April 8, 2015.

Friday, March 22, 2013: Ragging the Classics: "Classics Translated and Transformed," Duke University

Thursday, April 11, 2013: Frank Snowden Memorial Lecture, Howard University

Wednesday, October 3: "Ragging the Classics: The Story of the Music in James Weldon Johnson's 'Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man." A lecture/performance, with piano.  Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. https://whc.yale.edu/

Friday, October 5: "Tragicomedy Reborn: Plautus and the Making of Shakespeare's 'Othello.'" A lecture/performance, with the Ad Istud Players.  Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, New York City. http://caas-cw.org/wp/?ai1ec_event=caas-2012-meeting&instance_id=5

CLAAS Jerry Clack Lecture 2012. Electronic Handout for  "Tragicomedy Reborn: Plautus and the Making of Shakespeare’s Othello"

Selected works and activities

This version of “The Aim Was Song” was performed in 1993 at Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas. It is a the only record of a musical and dramatic collaboration that began in 1974 and spanned more than 30 years. Cook and Tatum performed versions of this many times at Dartmouth, Princeton, Joe Pap’s Public Theater, and many other venues public and private, most memorably when they served as an entr’ acte for a drag show (“The Male Misstique”) in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  Click here to download: (Program Notes) (Original Program)