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February
Event: On Death and Dying - The Bed in Othello
Speaker: Dr Kristen Poole
Date: Wednesday February 19, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: Philadelphia Institute Library 
1905 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
Fee: FREE

Dr. Kristen Poole discusses her essay, “The Bed in Othello,” and explores the spiritual environment of Shakespeare’s England. Dr Poole explores the art of dying, or “ars moriendi,” and the special place people went to die- their beds. It was here that spirits good and bad appeared vying for the soul of the dying person- and where people believed that the devil and god came to fight for the soul of the new recruit, a place where you could lay and wait and “watch the performance.”
 
March
Event: Gender Roles in Shakespeare
Speaker: Dr Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday March 19, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: Philadelphia Institute Library 
1905 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
Fee: FREE

Was Shakespeare the first feminist? A look through theatrical history at how women are represented in Shakespeare. The lecture will discuss gender issues found in Shakespeare’s plays such as the influence and stereotypes of women, and how Shakespeare knew to write these by understanding the psychology of the women in his plays.

Event: What Shakespeare Watched
Speaker: Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Fee: FREE

Although we have no documentary evidence about specific plays Shakespeare might have seen growing up or in the first few years of his London career, we do know what kinds of plays were performed in London and Stratford Upon Avon in the 1570's and 1580's. This presentation will provide historical and literary background about the theater that influenced Shakespeare and performances from several of the actual plays, as Dr. Castaldo takes a look at the lives and work of the playwrights who preceded Shakespeare, such as Robert Greene, John Lyly, Thomas Kyd and, of course, Christopher Marlowe. By placing Shakespeare back in the company of men he knew, admired and emulated, we will have a fuller picture of both his individual genius and the richness and variety of the Elizabethan Theater. 
 
April
Event: Shakespeare and Violence
Speaker:  Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday April 16, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia 
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Fee: FREE

What do Shakespeare's plays and Grand Theft Auto have in common? Both enraged their communities because of the level of violence they contain. We consider Shakespeare high art, but the plays include heads on sticks, hands being cut off, eyes being gouged out and even cannibalism. This talk will consider some of the most extreme acts of violence (both staged and reported) in Shakespeare, in order to consider whether portraying violence can have an artistic purpose, and the effect on the audience of seeing such violence.
 
May
Event:  Shakespeare and Genuine Emotion
Speaker: Dr Matt Kosuzko
Date: Wednesday May 21, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia PA 19103
Fee: FREE

What is it about Shakespeare's Hamlet--the play and its title character--that has held the attention and fired the imagination of audiences and readers for so long?  Drawing on assorted excerpts of performance, this talk looks at Hamlet as Shakespeare's repository of human emotions--a play we turn to for a map of all that is to be human, from the hopeful to the hopeless to the profound to the terrifying.
Click here to register for this free event.
 
June
Event: Romeo and Juliet – The Balcony
Date: Wednesday June 11,  2014  at 6:00pm
Location: The Philadelphia Museum of Art- Armory Gallery
Fee: FREE

The Balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous in the works of Shakespeare.  Join us in the exquisite Armory gallery, and experience the profoundly beautiful characters and language of this scene against a backdrop of the weaponry of ages past.  

Event: Shakespeare and Rap Music
Date: Wednesday June 18, 2014
Location:  The Philadelphia Museum of Art- Main Staircase
Fee:  FREE

Did you know that modern hip-hop shares many of the similarities with the themes, language, and rhythms of Shakespeare?  Hip-hop artist Cain Kerner performs excerpts from Shakespeare’s works, using hip-hop as a way to bring Shakespeare to a modern audience. 
 
September
 
Event: Sex, Love, and Sin in Shakespeare
Speaker:  Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date:  September 24, 2014
Location:  The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA Room 108
Time:  6:00 pm
Fee:  FREE

This talk will explore the ways in which the early modern period viewed sex and sexual orientation in general, and how Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, in particular, seem fascinated with sex and sexualities that we in the 21st century might label "queer." Ranging from intense male friendships to women falling in love with girls disguised as boys, from the beautiful young man of the sonnets to cross-dressing in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's works are rich in explorations of sexuality well outside the norm.

October
Event: Shakespeare and Ghosts
Speaker:  Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA Room 108
Fee: FREE

November 
 
Event: Shakespeare's Missing Sex Joke
Speaker:  Dr. Matt Koszuko
Date:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location:  
The Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA Room 108
Fee:  FREE