Shakespeare in a Divided America
Speaker: James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature
James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature, will speak to us about his latest book, Shakespeare in a Divided America. Shapiro recently explained why he wrote this book to Columbia News reporter Eve Glasberg: "In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, I found myself struggling to understand this country. Since Shakespeare is what I know best, I thought I’d use his plays as a way of revisiting some of the issues that have riven America, including race, immigration, same-sex marriage and political assassination. What really catalyzed the book for me was advising a brilliant modern-dress production of Julius Caesar that was staged by the Public Theater in 2017 at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in Central Park—with a Trump look-alike playing Caesar." (read more): [link: https://news.columbia.edu/news/james-shapiro-shakespeare-book-trump-weinstein-quarantine]
Join other EPICureans for an engrossing discussion and a chance to win an autographed door prize copy of the book. (Raffle limited to EPIC members.)
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