Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brockett Family Endows UT Professorship in Theatre History

From endowments.giving.utexas.edu:Oscar G. Brockett (image: Department of Theatre and Dance via kut.org)

Oscar and Lenyth Brockett Professorship in Theatre History

Description: The Oscar and Lenyth Brockett Professorship in Theatre History was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 6, 2012, to benefit The University of Texas College of Fine Arts. The endowment honors Oscar G. Brockett, Ph.D. and Mrs. Lenyth Brockett. Gift funds were provided by Ms. Francesca L. Brockett and Dr. James J. Pedicano.

The Statesman's arts editor Jeanne Claire van Ryzin writes in the Austin360 Seeing Things blog of April 10,

Brockett’s daughter, Francesca Brockett, and her husband, Jim Pedicano, donated $300,000 to support the professorship will fund faculty and student research in theater history.

The new professorship is the first step toward creating an academic research center named for Brockett, the highly regarded theater historian and UT professor who passed away in 2010 at age 87. His 1968 book, “History of the Theatre,” is still recognized as the highest-selling theater history text to date and is now in its 11th edition.

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