We launched the Guild's 2016-17 SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE series on Wednesday, September 14, with a remarkable brother-sister act. One of our most popular SOS guests in recent years has been Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker. Many of Adam's admirers were unaware that his sister Alison, who teaches psychology and philosophy at Berkeley, is also a distinguished author. So it was a pleasure to focus this discussion on Alison's new book about the role of play in childhood development, a preview of which had just appeared in the New York Times.
Our series resumed with NYU's Louis Scheeder on Wednesday, October 5, and continued on Wednesday, January 18, with Professor Jean E. Howard of Columbia University. Next up will be a program on Wednesday, February 22, with another highly regarded Tisch faculty member, Shane Ann Younts. Looking ahead, we've arranged conversations for Wednesday, March 22, with Sarah Enloe, who oversees educational programs at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia; for Wednesday, April 26, with Samuel Crowl of Ohio University, whose publications include a seminal article in Shakespeare Quarterly about Orson Welles's "Chimes at Midnight"; for Thursday, May 25, with arts patron Nancy Zeckendorf, who divides her time between Manhattan and Santa Fe; and for Monday, June 12, with arts executive Julian Bird, who oversees both the Society of London Theatre (the organization that bestows the West End's Olivier Awards each spring and works closely with the presenters of Broadway's Tony Awards) and UK Theatre (a more comprehensive association that represents performing-arts institutions throughout the United Kingdom).
One of our spring highlights will be a follow-up engagement with director Karin Coonrod, who will tell us about responses to her historic production of "The Merchant in Venice" in the original Ghetto. This gathering, to take place on Thursday, April 27, at the New York headquarters of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, will be a sequel to Ms. Coonrod's March 28 conversation with Mr. Andrews, and it will focus not only on the production and the context that gave rise to it, but on a symposium that preceded the July 27th performance, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presiding over deliberations that included remarks by F. Murray Abraham, Stephen Greenblatt, and James Shapiro and were covered by the New York Times.
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