Folger and the Community

Engaging with the District

Join Us For “Jewish Life in Washington, DC During and After the Civil War” & Dr. Kim Hall’s Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture

Join us Thursday, June 23 and Monday, June 27 for a CrossTalk DC Conversation and a Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture.   CrossTalk DC Conversations: “Jewish Life in Washington, DC During and After the Civil War“ Laura Apelbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, will explore Jewish life and key personalities during the Civil War, and the changes… Continue Reading »


JOIN US FOR “A HISTORY OF HOUSING COVENANTS” & “JEWISH LIFE IN WASHINGTON, DC DURING AND AFTER THE CIVIL WAR”

Join us on June 17 and June 23 for two of our upcoming DC CrossTalk Conversations!   CrossTalk DC Conversations: “A History of Housing Covenants” Associate Professor Maurice Jackson, of Georgetown University’s History Department and African American Studies Program, and historian Mara Cherkasky, co-founder of Prologue DC and Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, discuss the historic… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare’s “Other” Washington

Washington, D.C. is a city of wonder and one of contradictions. In the late 18th century, enslaved Africans were brought to this city—with force—to serve white owners. The marble federal city was built with the labor of enslaved Africans. Yet as the slave population in DC grew into the mid-nineteenth century, so did the number… Continue Reading »


JOIN US JUNE 13TH FOR CAVE CANEM DROPS THE MIC

Join us on Monday, June 13th for Cave Canem: Drops the Mic at the Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre. An open-mic reading of Cave Canem fellows past and present, including Joel Dias-Porter, Robin Coste Lewis (winner of the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry), Kamilah Aisha Moon, host Derrick Weston Brown, and more. Cave Canem is a home… Continue Reading »


KEEP READING: Part 2

  This reading list has been compiled by CrossTalk DC partner, the DC Public Library. Many thanks to Librarian Kari Mitchell and Special Collections Manager Kerrie Cotten Williams. These books are available at or through your local branch library. Check out Part 1. Garfinkle, A. M. (2009). Jewcentricity: Why the Jews are Praised, Blamed, and Used to… Continue Reading »


An Invitation from a Black Shakespearean

People are always surprised to learn what I do when I meet them outside of George Washington University, where I teach. You see, I am a black woman who teaches and writes about William Shakespeare, and I am also someone who teaches and writes about issues of race. In the current climate, these topics—Shakespeare and… Continue Reading »


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