Ashland University to Hold International Arthur Miller Conference This Fall

Ashland University to Hold International Arthur Miller Conference This Fall
American playwright Arthur Miller

7/11/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University will hold the 13th Annual International Arthur Miller Conference on the AU campus Oct. 18-20, 2019. The title of the conference is “Arthur Miller and the Question of Relevance.”

The conference will feature staged readings of scenes from Miller’s plays and the Ashland University Department of Theatre will present its production of Miller’s “An Enemy of the People,” which runs Oct. 11-19.

The conference will include discussion of the relevance of Miller’s life and works from his roots, sources and early plays through the politics in his plays, and his work as adapter. Miller’s works will be compared with other playwrights both past and present.

“This conference will feature papers exploring Miller’s life and work in relation to this question of relevance, be it in terms legacy, influence, connection, appositeness, validity or rejection,” said Teresa Durbin-Ames, conference director and associate professor of theatre at AU. “Submitted papers consider Miller’s dramatic works in comparison with other playwrights. And because we will gather in the Midwest, papers also address this question in relation to the idea of Miller and Middle America.”

The conference keynote address will be delivered by distinguished Arthur Miller scholar Susan C. W. Abbotson of Rhode Island College. She is the author of “A Critical Companion to Arthur Miller” and “Student Companion to Arthur Miller” and numerous articles on Miller.

For further information, go to the Arthur Miller Society website at Registration information can be found on the AU website at:

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###