Durham, NC -- Duke’s Blue Devil identity took on new meaning the afternoon of Dec. 9 as President Richard Brodhead assumed the role of Satan at a reading of John Milton’s epic poem, “Paradise Lost.”
Brodhead was joined by English professor Sarah Beckwith as Beelzebub and Gregson Davis, dean of humanities and professor of classical studies, as the narrator. The event, held in the Rare Book Room of Perkins Library, marked the 400th anniversary of Milton’s birth.
“This event is a testament to the enduring power and brilliance of Milton’s writing,” said Ian Baucom, professor and chair of the English department. Baucom said the event is part of a year-long celebration of poetry sponsored by the department.
Duke is an appropriate place for such an event...Duke Today
In Paradise Lost by John Milton when Lucifer was banished from Heaven, he said, "It is better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven."
Professor Sarah Beckwith performed effortlessly as Beelzebub, a lieutenant who followed Lucifer into hell. She was one of the 88 Duke Professors who signed the inflammatory ad against the Lacrosse Team
Our congratulations to the casting director for employing the Stanislavski's 'system'
Hat Tip: Quasi, Joan Foster