PBK Lecture 2016: Dr. James Shapiro

November 2016

James ShapiroInvitation-only Dinner

The invitation-only dinner was in honor of James Shapiro, renowned Shakespeare author and scholar and presenter of the 2016 UofL Phi Beta Kappa Lecture.  Also featured was a special Q&A with Dr. Shapiro facilitated by Professor Andrew Rabin, Department of English.

Hosted by the Office of the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Louisville with support from UofL's Department of English, the Frazier History Museum, and the Louisville Free Public Library.

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

The Phi Beta Kappa lecture "Shakespeare in America" took place the day before the dinner at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library and tickets were free. 

The Lecture was sponsored by UofL's Department of English

A reception followed the talk sponsored by UofL's Office of the President and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana.

About Dr. James Shapiro

James Shapiro studied at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. He is currently Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  His numerous publications include Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the Jews; Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play; 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare; Contested Will; and most recently The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. His 3-hour documentary The King and the Playwright aired on BBC4 in 2012 and The Mysterious Mr. Webster on BBC2 in 2014.  He is widely published in top publications, including the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and many more.  He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library as well as the Board of Directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is currently the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City. He is also a Vice President of the Authors Guild. In 2011, James Shapiro was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
“Shakespeare in America” was presented as part of UofL’s sponsorship of Will In the Ville, and was sponsored by UofL's Department of English. Find out more about this collaborative commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death at LFPL.org/WillintheVille including information about The First Folio, that arrived in Louisville in November 2016.

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