Lyceum Series Guest Speaker

Feb 13, 2018

5:00 pm

Griffis 401

Dr. Kim Hall, one of the country’s leading experts on Shakespeare and race, of Barnard College will give a lecture titled “Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora” on February 13, in conjunction with the 2018 Lyceum Series production of "Othello."

This talk places Othello in an Afrodiasporic family story by exploring appearances of Othello & “Shakespeare” in the African Diaspora specifically at sites of black freedom struggle. It suggests that we learn much about modern blackness from how afrodiasporic peoples evoke, appropriate and contest “Shakespeare” in their quest to make legible new political black identities. The talk covers: the role of Shakespeare in constructions of blackness and race; the appropriation of Shakespeare by black communities; the policing of canonical literature along racial lines and the race and gender politics of the American stage and popular media.

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