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Throughout the year, enjoy fascinating lectures, performances, and discussions about exciting topics in Shakespeare’s plays. Select from the months below for information on upcoming lectures and topics.

 

 

Shakespeare’s “Taboo Topics”

Shakespeare and Politics

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

Was Shakespeare a populist or a royalist, a liberal or a conservative? Do the plays present some unified grand theory of government, politicians, and power? Can the plays shed light on the complicated political issues of today? The answer to at least that last question is “absolutely!” This lecture will explore political choices and consequences in a range of plays, from the histories to the romances, as well as tackle the question of whether politicized readings of early modern plays even makes sense.

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*Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

Shakespeare’s “Taboo Topics”

Shakespeare and Sex

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

We all know Shakespeare’s plays are rife with dirty puns, but what about actual sex? How did sex motivate the plot and was sex (or sexual activity) ever portrayed on stage? Were there things that would have been considered unacceptable to present or even hint at? This lecture will look at a variety of plays and some sonnets, as well as provide historical context, in an exploration of the sexy side of Shakespeare.

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*Photo by Kendall Whitehouse

Shakespeare’s “Taboo Topics”

Shakespeare and Race

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

Shakespeare’s England was a profoundly xenophobic culture, with most people considering the Irish an entirely different race than the English, never mind people from Africa or the New World. As acceptance and equal treatment have become hallmarks of modern Western thought, Shakespeare has been conceived of as a humanist who transcended his culture’s biases, but is that always true? This lecture will look at all the different ways Shakespeare presented race in his plays.

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Shakespeare’s “Taboo Topics”

Shakespeare and Religion

Led by scholar-in-residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 6pm-7pm
Location: The Free Library of Philadelphia; 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Parkway Central Library); Room 108
Admission: Free with advance registration
Parking: Metered street parking, and nearby garages and lots

The early modern period, and Shakespeare’s plays, are a useful mirror to our contemporary religious turmoil. Then as now, there was a fear that secularization would lead to moral decay and a belief that the “other” religion was fundamentally incompatible with the most basic values of society. Of course, in Shakespeare’s time, that other religion was Catholicism. This lecture will explore what Shakespeare’s time and plays can teach us about our own religious fears and prejudices.

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