At 8:00 on Tuesday evening, May 18, at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, the GUILD hosted an enthusiastically received SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE conversation with James Shapiro, a popular Columbia professor who has contributed to such periodicals as the New York Times Book Review, the Financial Times, and London’s Daily Telegraph.
Dr. Shapiro’s publications include Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play (2000), and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005). A recipient of honors and accolades from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, he has been a guest on several NPR programs, and he has lectured in such prestigious institutions as the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. He has now taken on one of the most controversial topics in cultural history, with a bold volume on Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? Copies of this engaging book were available at a discount, and after his dialogue with John Andrews and with a cultivated NAC audience, Dr. Shapiro proved more than happy to inscribe them.
Admission to this event was $25 for members of either the SHAKESPEARE GUILD or the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION and $30 for non-members. To affiliate with the GUILD, or to book for evenings like this, visit our Membership page. There you'll find a link that will enable you to enroll as a constituent, register for programs, or do both.