The Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series, sponsored by the Folger Institute from 2014-2017, featured leading scholars offering their insights into Shakespeare and his works. The series began with Brian Cummings’ Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday. Lynne Magnusson delivered the lecture in 2015 on Shakespeare and the Language of Possibility. In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the series expanded to four talks: Tiffany Stern, From Script to Stage to Script; Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespeare's Life Stories; Kim Hall, Othello was my Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora; and Joseph Roach, Stars Down to Earth: Materializing Celebrity. The series concluded in 2017 with Michael Witmore, The Wisdom of Will, which was also the final event in the Folger's commemoration of Shakespeare's death.
This series also marked the 30th anniversary of scholarly programming for the Folger Institute's Center for Shakespeare Studies in 2016.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Brian Cummings: "Shakespeare, Biography and Anti-Biography"
Thursday, April 3, 2014