“And Look Another Way” — Authors and Professors Scott Newstok, James Shapiro and Emma Smith in Conversation about Shakespeare for our World
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Free and live-streamed with Q&A moderated by Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz
Saturday, May 30 at 2:00–3:15PM EDT
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND BOOKS
Scott Newstok is professor of English and founding director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College. A parent and an award-winning teacher, he is the author of Quoting Death in Early Modern England and the editor of several other books. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Scott Newstok’s ‘How to Think like Shakespeare’ is something to treasure. The book lays out a case for Shakespeare’s vital connection to the lives we live today, opening the door to new ways of thinking and experiencing the world, which are essential to a life well lived.” — Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library
How to Think like Shakespeare offers an enlightening and entertaining guide to the craft of thought — one that demonstrates what we’ve lost in education today, and how we might begin to recover it. In fourteen brief, lively chapters that draw from Shakespeare’s world and works, and from other writers past and present, Scott Newstok distills vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully, in school or beyond.
James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University. His most recent book is Shakespeare in a Divided America (2020). His books include Shakespeare and the Jews (1996); 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005); Contested Will (2010); and The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (2015).
“Among all the fine words currently being spilled examining the American mess, James Shapiro has outshone many of our best political pundits with this superb contribution to the discourse. He upped the wattage simply by bouncing his spotlight off a playwright 400 years dead who yet again turns out to be, somehow, us.” – David Ives, The New York Times
Shakespeare in a Divided America shows that no writer has been more closely embraced by Americans, or has shed more light on the hot-button issues in our history. Indeed, it is by better understanding Shakespeare’s role in American life that we might begin to mend our bitterly divided land.
Emma Smith is professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University. She has published widely on Shakespeare and other early dramatists. She lives in Oxford, England.
“A Shakespeare scholar’s fun, insightful and profoundly approachable study of 20 of his plays is perhaps the finest critique of his work to date” — The Guardian
This Is Shakespeare is an electrifying new study that investigates the challenges of the Bard’s inconsistencies and flaws, and focuses on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of the plays and their changing topicality.
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