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Leading Shakespeare Scholar to Speak at LSU on “Shakespeare in America”

James Shapiro, well-known author and one of the nation’s leading scholars of the playwright, will speak on “Shakespeare in America”

James Shapiro, author of a shelf of books on Shakespeare and one of the nation’s leading scholars of the playwright, will speak on “Shakespeare in America,” on Thursday, February 14, at 3:30 pm, in the Sternberg Salon of the French House, home of the Roger Hadfield Honors College at Louisiana State University.  The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985.  His prize-winning books include Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), recently republished in a 20th anniversary edition; 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005); Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010); The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (2015)—as well as Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play (2000) and the Library of America volume Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (2014).  He has also co-authored and presented two BBC documentaries: Shakespeare: The King’s Man and The Mysterious Mr. Webster.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library, is Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at New York’s Public Theater, and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  A University of Chicago Ph.D. and Columbia B.A., Shapiro has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Huntington Library.

While at LSU, in addition to his lecture, Professor Shapiro will teach a session of Professor LeRoy Percy’s class, “Shakespeare and the Other” (HNRS 2030.10), and will lead the Voegelin Institute’s Faculty Seminar in a discussion of Macbeth.

"With a keen sense of dramatic energy and encyclopedic knowledge of historical context, James Shapiro enlivens the study of Shakespeare for our own moment,” said James Stoner, Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Voegelin Institute at LSU.  “Bring your Valentine or come find one: This is a lecture not to be missed!”

Shapiro’s visit is co-sponsored by the Honors College and the Voegelin Institute.   The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU.  The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis.  Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.  The Eric Voegelin Institute, named for one of LSU’s original Boyd Professors and a scholar of international recognition and acclaim, is a humanities and social science research institute devoted to the revitalization of teaching and understanding of the great works of civilization.  


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