Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture

Julia Reinhard Lupton: Shakespeare’s Virtues

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:00 pm
Folger Theatre
Free, reservations requested


During Shakespeare’s time and ours, virtue, understood broadly as beneficial human capacity, has been variously debated, avoided, and affirmed as a foundational aspect of literature and life. Courage, judgment, trust, hope, and patience are among the virtues cultivated by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which offers a window into the performance of virtue as both creative practice and serious play. In this free, public lecture, Professor Julia Reinhard Lupton will consider both theatrical making and literary education in terms of their potential for building more virtuous humans.

Julia Reinhard Lupton, a former fellow of both the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, is Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where she serves as Faculty Director of Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative. Her most recent book is Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (2011), and she has also co-authored Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (2009), with Ellen Lupton. Her Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life is forthcoming from the University of Chicago.