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Shakespeare Now: Race, Justice and the American Dream


Peter Sellars, the renowned avant-garde theater director, and Ayanna Thompson, a prominent Shakespeare scholar, will discuss the ways Shakespeare remains relevant in our contemporary American world. From expressions of black rage to the challenges facing systems of justice, they hope to illustrate how Shakespeare’s plays provide rich texts through which the most pressing problems in our world can be debated and solutions become, perhaps, imaginable.

*Presented as part of The Library Foundation’s new exhibition, “America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West.