English Department faculty member Dr. Natalie Eschenbaum will present "Be Mine: Loving Selves in Romeo + Juliet." In his film, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), Baz Luhrmann links the story of the “star-cross’d lovers” to Ovid’s tale of “Narcissus and Echo” from the Metamorphoses. Luhrmann translates the play’s classical references into visual images; he uses mirrors and reflections, through glass and water, to suggest that Romeo and Juliet’s love for one another is very similar to narcissistic love of the self. In this presentation, Dr. Eschenbaum offers a reading that ultimately begins and ends with the possibility of love that transcends the mirroring of a simply-thought and simply-structured narcissism and considers the problem inherent in linking the self to an “other” in relationships. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13th in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or 608-785-8295.