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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 the war brought for the city’s newly expanded Jewish community. Tours of the Folger’s America’s Shakespeare exhibition are available after the program.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Free, but reservations are required.

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003


Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series presented by Folger Institute

Join Dr. Kim Hall, Lucyle Hook Chair and Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College, for a special lecture.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Hall holds a doctorate in sixteenth and seventeenth century English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.   Her research and teaching cover Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Studies, Slavery Studies, Visual Culture, Food Studies, and Digital Humanities.

Her book, Things of Darkness, published in 1996 by Cornell University Press, used a black feminist approach to interpret Renaissance literature. This groundbreaking work on racial discourses in sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain helped generate a new wave of scholarship on race in Shakespeare and Renaissance/Early Modern texts. Her second book, Othello: Texts and Contexts (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2006) offers readers visual and verbal textual materials that illuminate themes in Shakespeare’s play Othello: The Moor of Venice. She is currently working on two book projects:Sweet Taste of Empire, which examines the roles of race, aesthetics and gender in the Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade during the seventeenth century and a new project, “Othello was My Grandfather”: Shakespeare and the African Diaspora, which discusses Afrodiasporic appropriations of Othello.

Monday, June 27, 2016
CrossTalk patrons can purchase specially discounted $10 tickets to this event by using the promo code XTALK.

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003

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