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August 24 • 12:00 pm
Combining piercing analysis of race, gender, and otherness in Shakespeare’s famous plays with a radical reappraisal of Elizabethan London, The Great White Bard asks us neither to idealize nor bury Shakespeare but instead to look him in the eye and reckon with the discomforts of his plays, playhouses, and society. In inviting new perspectives and interpretations, we may yet prolong and enrich his extraordinary legacy.
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Copies of The Great White Bard are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.
About the Author: Farah Karim-Cooper is a Director of Education at Shakespeare’s Globe and a professor of literature and Shakespeare studies at King’s College London; she was president of the Shakespeare Association of America from 2021 to 2022 after serving three years on the board of trustees. The holder of an Oxford University TORCH Humanities Cultural Programme Fellowship, she was a visiting fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, from 2022 to 2023. She curated the Globe Theatre’s Shakespeare and Race festivals and its Anti-Racist Shakespeare webinar series. She is a general coeditor of the Folger Shakespeare Editions and the author of works on Shakespeare including Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama, The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage, and most recently Titus Andronicus: The State of Play.
About the Moderator: Dr. David Sterling Brown—Shakespeare and critical race studies scholar and lifelong Connecticut resident—is a tenured Associate Professor of English at Trinity College (CT) and he is the author of Shakespeare’s White Others, coming this Fall with Cambridge University Press. His antiracist research, centering on pedagogy and on how racial ideologies circulate in and beyond the early modern period, is published or forthcoming in numerous peer-reviewed and public venues such as Literature Compass, Radical Teacher, Shakespeare Studies, Hamlet: The State of Play, White People in Shakespeare, Public Books and Los Angeles Review of Books. Through a Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Scholars and Society Fellowship, Dr. Brown had a 2021-2022 residency with The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII), founded by Claudia Rankine, and he remains part of TRII’s Curatorial Team. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Brown sits on the editorial boards of Shakespeare Bulletin and Shakespeare Survey; and he is an executive board member of the Race Before Race conference series and a member of the Cambridge Shakespeare Editions Panel. Learn more and access free resources via: DavidSterlingBrown.com.
Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.