Thinking Through Crisis: Shakespeare and America

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In the aftermath of the American presidential election Professor Farah Karim-Cooper will be in conversation with Professor Ayanna Thompson and Professor James Shapiro. They will examine the dynamic between Shakespeare and social justice, autocracy, race, fear and crisis within the context of the contemporary moment in the US.

During the webinar, which will be held on Zoom, audience members will be able to send in questions for the panel. The event will also be available to watch later on our YouTube channel.

Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and Professor of English at Arizona State University. She has written extensively on Shakespeare and race and her forthcoming book, Blackface, will be published by Bloomsbury next year.

James Shapiro is the author of the prize-winning 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005). His most recent book is Shakespeare in a Divided America. He is Professor of English at Columbia University, a board member of the RSC, and Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at The Public Theater in New York.

Farah Karim-Cooper is Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London and Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe. In 2018 she curated the Globe’s first Shakespeare and Race Festival and is creating the UK’s first ever Scholars of Colour network. Farah is currently writing a book on Shakespeare and Race.

Join us for this Shakespearean hot take on a seismic historical event.



This webinar will take place on Zoom. A ticket covers one household joining via one device. Please ensure you are in the Zoom waiting room five minutes prior to the event start time.

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Running time 60 minutes approximately

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