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Monthly Archives: May 2016

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 »


  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. More titles coming soon! Alexander, M. (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness…. Continue Reading »

CrossTalk DC: What’s All This About?

  CrossTalk DC is an experiment and an adventure. Seven DC institutions have linked arms, and together we invite community members from across the city to come together and to spend several months taking a closer look at the hot topics that can both divide and unite us: race, religion, identity, and difference. Starting with scenes from Shakespeare’s… Continue Reading »

“Let Us Talk In Good Earnest . . .”

The Folger Shakespeare Library is William Shakespeare’s home in America and represents the living legacy of a storyteller and poet who wrote powerfully about the choices, conflicts and desires that make us human.   Shakespeare’s plays and poems ask us to think again about who we are and what drives us.  This is why we… Continue Reading »

CrossTalk DC Events

CrossTalk DC Events Kick-off Forum at the Folger on Sunday, May 15th from 2:00-5:00 pm Partner forums will take place through summer and fall, 2016—dates and places to be announced. An additional series of short conversations will take place at the Folger on Friday evenings from June 17th through July 15th On June 13th, the… Continue Reading »

Welcome to CrossTalk DC

  The Folger Shakespeare Library, partnering with organizations across the city, will bring together people of all ages, races, religions, lives, and professions to talk across and about intolerance based on race, religion, and identity.  From mid-May through November 2016, at seven CrossTalk DC public forums across the city, folks will gather and begin by… Continue Reading »