Circus in America at Bard Graduate Center

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 in Backstage | 0 comments

At the turn of the 19th century, there were more than 3,000 circuses traveling around the United States. The development of the tent and use of the railroads, the introduction and refinement of advertising, the circus parades, the use of elephants as attractions, and the side show are some of the themes that contributed to the distinctive American quality of the circus.

Susan Weber, founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center, initiated the circus research project and is co-editor of The American Circus ; a collection of essays about the history of the circus in the United States.

In this lecture, she will explore how the European circus was transformed in America into an immense multimedia phenomenon that was eventually billed as the “The Greatest Show On Earth.” ■


If you are in the New York City area, check out:


“The Circus In America” by Susan Weber

Thursday, January 17, 2013   6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bard Graduate Center - 38 West 86th Street

$20.00 Adult
$15.00 Students and Seniors

For more information on this or other events, please contact the Bard Graduate Center: 212.501.3011[email protected]