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On Shakespeare's Birthday, the [[Folger Shakespeare Library]] hosts a lecture from a noted scholar. The lecture became an annual event sponsored by the [[Center for Shakespeare Studies]] in 1987. Below is a list of previous lectures in the series. For more information on Shakespeare's Birthday, see [[Shakespeare's Birthday (disambiguation)]]. Where available, podcasts have been linked to in the individual lecture article.  
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In honor of Shakespeare's Birthday, the [[Folger Shakespeare Library]] hosts a lecture from a noted scholar. The lecture became an annual event sponsored by the [[Center for Shakespeare Studies]] in 1987. Below is a list of previous lectures in the series. For more information on celebrations related to Shakespeare's Birthday, see [[Shakespeare's Birthday (disambiguation)]]. Where available, recordings have been included in the individual lecture article.  
  
2015
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'''2019 '''[[Gina Bloom]]  (University of California, Davis),[[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Rough Magic: Performing Shakespeare through Gaming Technology"| "Rough Magic: Performing Shakespeare through Gaming Technology"]]
  
[[Lynne Magnusson]] (University of Toronto), "Shakespeare and the Language of Possibility"
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'''2018 '''[[Julia Reinhard Lupton]] (University of California, Irvine),[[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Shakespeare's Virtues"| "Shakespeare's Virtues"]]
  
2014
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'''2017 '''[[Michael Witmore]] (Folger Shakespeare Library), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Wisdom of Will"|"The Wisdom of Will"]]
  
[[Brian Cummings]] (University of York), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Shakespeare, Biography and Anti-Biography" (2014)|"Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography"]]
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'''2016 '''[[Joseph Roach]] (Yale University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: Stars Down to Earth: Materializing Celebrity|"Stars Down to Earth: Materializing Celebrity"]]
  
2013
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'''2016 '''[[Kim Hall]] (Barnard University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora"|"Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora"]]
  
[[Andrew Hadfield]] (University of Sussex; Visiting, University of Granada), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Graymalkin and Other Shakespearean Celts"|"Graymalkin and Other Shakespearean Celts"]]
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'''2016''' [[Stephen Greenblatt]] (Harvard University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Shakespeare's Life Stories"|"Shakespeare's Life Stories"]]
  
2012
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'''2016''' [[Tiffany Stern]] (University of Oxford), "[[From Script to Stage to Script]]"
  
[[Sarah Beckwith]] (Duke University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in The Winter's Tale"|"What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in ''The Winter’s Tale''"]]  
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'''2015  '''[[Lynne Magnusson]] (University of Toronto), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Shakespeare and the Language of Possibility"|"Shakespeare and the Language of Possibility"]]
  
2011
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'''2014  '''[[Brian Cummings]] (University of York), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Shakespeare, Biography and Anti-Biography" (2014)|"Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography"]]
  
[[Wendy Wall]] (Northwestern University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen|"Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen"]]
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'''2013  '''[[Andrew Hadfield]] (University of Sussex), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Graymalkin and Other Shakespearean Celts"|"Graymalkin and Other Shakespearean Celts"]]
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'''2012  '''[[Sarah Beckwith]] (Duke University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in The Winter's Tale"|"What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in ''The Winter’s Tale''"]]
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'''2011  '''[[Wendy Wall]] (Northwestern University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen|"Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen"]]
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'''2010  '''[[Jonathan Bate]] (University of Warwick), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Good Life in Shakespeare"|"The Good Life in Shakespeare"]]
 
   
 
   
2010
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'''2009  '''[[Russell Jackson]] (University of Birmingham),  [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Sensational Shakespeare"|"Sensational Shakespeare"]]
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'''2008  '''[[Alan Stewart]] (Columbia University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "How Shakespeare Made History"|"How Shakespeare Made History"]]
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'''2007  '''[[Barbara A. Mowat]] (Folger Shakespeare Library), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Founders and the Bard"|"The Founders and the Bard"]]
 
   
 
   
[[Jonathan Bate]] (University of Warwick), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Good Life in Shakespeare"|"The Good Life in Shakespeare"]]
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'''2006  '''[[W. B. Worthen|W.B. Worthen]] (University of California, Berkeley), "Shakespeare 3.0"
 
   
 
   
2009
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'''2005  '''[[Stuart Sherman]] (Fordham University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Garrick and Theatrical Death"|"Garrick and Theatrical Death"]]
 
   
 
   
[[Russell Jackson]] (University of Birmingham), "Sensational Shakespeare"
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'''2004  '''[[Coppélia Kahn]] (Brown University), "Made in America: Shakespeare(s) for the Nineteenth Century"
 
   
 
   
2008
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'''2003  '''[[John Guy]] (Cambridge University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots"|"Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots"]]
 
   
 
   
[[Alan Stewart]] (Columbia University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "How Shakespeare Made History"|"How Shakespeare Made History"]]
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'''2002  '''[[Katherine Duncan-Jones]] (University of Oxford), "Love and Death in Shakespeare's Poetry"
 
   
 
   
2007
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'''2001  '''[[James Shapiro]] (Columbia University), "Jessica's Daughters"
 
   
 
   
[[Barbara A. Mowat]] (Folger Shakespeare Library), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Founders and the Bard"|"The Founders and the Bard"]]
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'''2000  '''[[Margreta de Grazia]] (University of Pennsylvania), "The Latest Hamlet"
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2006
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'''1999 '''[[Harry Berger, Jr.]] (University of California, Santa Cruz, emeritus), "Harrying the Stage: Theatre, Bad Conscience, and Other Skills of Offence in ''Henry V''"
   
 
[[W. B. Worthen|W.B. Worthen]] (University of California, Berkeley), "Shakespeare 3.0"
 
 
2005
 
 
[[Stuart Sherman]] (Fordham University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Garrick and Theatrical Death"|"Garrick and Theatrical Death"]]
 
 
2004
 
 
[[Coppélia Kahn]] (Brown University), "Made in America: Shakespeare(s) for the Nineteenth Century"
 
 
2003
 
 
[[John Guy]] (Cambridge University), [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots"|"Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots"]]
 
 
2002
 
 
[[Katherine Duncan-Jones]] (University of Oxford), "Love and Death in Shakespeare's Poetry"
 
 
2001
 
 
[[James Shapiro]] (Columbia University), "Jessica's Daughters"
 
 
2000
 
  
[[Margreta de Grazia]] (University of Pennsylvania), "The Latest Hamlet"
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'''1998  '''[[Linda Charnes]] (Indiana University at Bloomington), "The Hamlet Formerly Known as Prince"
 
1999
 
  
Harry Berger Jr. (University of California, Santa Cruz, emeritus), "Harrying the Stage: Theatre, Bad Conscience, and Other Skills of Offence in Henry V"
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'''1997  '''[[Peter Holland]] (Cambridge University), "Measuring Performance"
 
1998
 
  
Linda Charnes (Indiana University at Bloomington), "The Hamlet Formerly Known as Prince"
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'''1996  '''[[A.R. Braunmuller|A. R. Braunmuller]] (University of California, Los Angeles), "Bearded Ladies in Shakespeare"
 
1997
 
  
Peter Holland (Cambridge University), "Measuring Performance"
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'''1995  '''[[Phyllis Rackin]] (University of Pennsylvania), "Thoroughly Modern Henry, or It is Better to Marry than to Burn"
 
1996
 
  
A. R. Braunmuller (University of California, Los Angeles), "Bearded Ladies in Shakespeare"
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'''1994  '''[[Gail Kern Paster]] (George Washington University), "Heat-Seeking Missiles: Shakespeare, Women, and the Caloric Economy in Early Modern England"
 
1995
 
  
[[Phyllis Rackin]] (University of Pennsylvania), "Thoroughly Modern Henry, or It is Better to Marry than to Burn"
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'''1993  '''[[Michael Neill]] (University of Auckland), "Shakespeare and Translation"
 
1994
 
  
[[Gail Kern Paster]] (George Washington University), "Heat-Seeking Missiles: Shakespeare, Women, and the Caloric Economy in Early Modern England"
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'''1992  '''[[Peter Stallybrass]] (University of Pennsylvania), "Worn Worlds: Clothes and Identity in Shakespeare"
 
1993
 
  
[[Michael Neill]] (University of Auckland), "Shakespeare and Translation"
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'''1991  '''[[Catherine Belsey]] (University of Wales College of Cardiff), "Making Histories"
 
1992
 
  
[[Peter Stallybrass]] (University of Pennsylvania), "Worn Worlds: Clothes and Identity in Shakespeare"
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'''1990  '''[[Andrew Gurr]] (University of Reading), "Boy Voices and Adult Voices on the Shakespearean Stage"
 
1991
 
  
[[Catherine Belsey]] (University of Wales College of Cardiff), "Making Histories"
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'''1989  '''[[Jonathan Dollimore]] (University of Sussex), "Shakespeare Studies and the Current 'Crisis' in the Humanities"
 
1990
 
  
[[Andrew Gurr]] (University of Reading), "Boy Voices and Adult Voices on the Shakespearean Stage"
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'''1988  '''[[David Bevington]] (University of Chicago), "'Is this the promised end?': Shakespeare's King Lear"
 
1989
 
  
Jonathan Dollimore (University of Sussex), "Shakespeare Studies and the Current `Crisis' in the Humanities"
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'''1987  '''[[Patricia A. Parker]] (University of Toronto), "`Wanton Words': Shakespeare and Rhetoric"
 
1988
 
  
David Bevington (University of Chicago), "'Is this the promised end?': Shakespeare's King Lear"
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'''1985  '''[[George K. Hunter]] (Yale University), "Shakespeare as a Renaissance Artist"
 
1987
 
  
Patricia A. Parker (University of Toronto), "`Wanton Words': Shakespeare and Rhetoric"  
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'''1984  '''[[Joseph G. Price]] (Pennsylvania State University), "'Were it not that I have Bad Dreams': The Internalization of Character"
 
1984
 
  
Joseph G. Price (Pennsylvania State University), "'Were it not that I have Bad Dreams': The Internalization of Character"
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'''1983  '''Charles Shattuck, "Oh! There be Players that I Have Seen Play..."
 
1983
 
  
Charles Shattuck, "Oh! There be Players that I Have Seen Play..."
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'''1982  '''Stanley Wells, "Television Shakespeare"
 
1982
 
  
Stanley Wells, "Television Shakespeare"
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'''1976  '''Jorge Luis Borges, [[Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Riddle of Shakespeare"|"The Riddle of Shakespeare"]]
 
1976
 
  
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Riddle of Shakespeare”
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:Listen to the MP3:  <html5media>file:BorgesShakespeareBirthdayLecture.mp3</html5media> (Borges begins speaking at second 6)
 
1975
 
  
Madeleine Doran (University of Wisconsin), "One Entire and Perfect Chrysolite: The Idea of Excellence in Shakespeare"
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'''1975 '''Madeleine Doran (University of Wisconsin), "One Entire and Perfect Chrysolite: The Idea of Excellence in Shakespeare"
 
1974
 
  
Bernard Beckerman (Columbia University), "Shakespearean Playgoing: Then and Now"
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'''1974 '''Bernard Beckerman (Columbia University), "Shakespearean Playgoing: Then and Now"
 
1970
 
  
T.J.B. Spencer (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), “Shakespeare’s Art and Politics”
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'''1973 '''J. Leeds Barroll (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “The Future of Shakespeare Studies”
 
1969
 
  
Joel Hurstfield (University College, London), “The Paradox of Liberty in Shakespeare’s England”
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'''1970 '''T.J.B. Spencer (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), “Shakespeare’s Art and Politics”
 
1968
 
  
Arthur R. Humphreys (University of Leicester), “Marlowe, The Jew of Malta; Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: Two Readings of Life”
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'''1969 '''Joel Hurstfield (University College, London), “The Paradox of Liberty in Shakespeare’s England”
 
1967
 
  
[a harpsichord recital by Stoddard Lincoln, April 23, 1967]
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'''1968 '''Arthur R. Humphreys (University of Leicester), “Marlowe, The Jew of Malta; Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: Two Readings of Life”
 
1966 (two birthday lectures)
 
  
April 23, 1966
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'''1967 '''[a harpsichord recital by Stoddard Lincoln, April 23, 1967]
Philip H. Highfill, Jr. (The George Washington University), “Some 18th Century Responses to Shakespeare”
 
 
April 29, 1966
 
D.G. James (University of Southampton), “Shakespeare and America: A New Link Between Them”
 
 
1965
 
  
[a concert by The Mary Washington College Chorus, April 23, 1965]
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'''1966''' (two birthday lectures)
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* April 23, 1966  Philip H. Highfill, Jr. (The George Washington University), “Some 18th Century Responses to Shakespeare”
1963
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* April 29, 1966  D.G. James (University of Southampton), “Shakespeare and America: A New Link Between Them”
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'''1965 '''[a concert by The Mary Washington College Chorus, April 23, 1965]
  
[University of Maryland Madrigal Singers, A Program of Music of Shakespeare’s Time, April 23, 1963]
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'''1963 '''[University of Maryland Madrigal Singers, A Program of Music of Shakespeare’s Time, April 23, 1963]
 
1962
 
  
George Winchester Stone, Jr. (Modern Language Association of America), “The Poet and the Players”
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'''1962 '''George Winchester Stone, Jr. (Modern Language Association of America), “The Poet and the Players”
 
1961
 
  
Stanley Bennett (Cambridge University), “Queen Elizabeth I and the Press”
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'''1961 '''Stanley Bennett (Cambridge University), “Queen Elizabeth I and the Press”
 
1960
 
  
Sir Ronald Syme (University of Oxford), “Roman Historians and Renaissance Politics”
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'''1960 '''Sir Ronald Syme (University of Oxford), “Roman Historians and Renaissance Politics”
 
1959
 
  
Louis B. Wright and James G. McManaway, discussants, “The Reality of William Shakespeare”
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'''1959 '''Louis B. Wright and James G. McManaway, discussants, “The Reality of William Shakespeare”
 
1958
 
  
Winfred Overholser (Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital), “Shakespeare’s Psychiatry – And After”
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'''1958 '''Winfred Overholser (Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital), “Shakespeare’s Psychiatry – And After”
 
1957
 
  
[The Amherst College Chapel Choir, A Concert of Renaissance Music]
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'''1957 '''[The Amherst College Chapel Choir, A Concert of Renaissance Music]
 
1956
 
  
[Roberta and Colin Sterne, An Evening of Music for the Virginals, Lute, Recorder, and Baroque Flute]
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'''1956 '''[Roberta and Colin Sterne, An Evening of Music for the Virginals, Lute, Recorder, and Baroque Flute]
 
1955
 
  
Marchette Chute, “The Good Luck of William Shakespeare”
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'''1955 '''Marchette Chute, “The Good Luck of William Shakespeare”
 
1954
 
  
[Nemone Balfour, A Program of Songs and Ballads of the 16th and 17th centuries]
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'''1954 '''[Nemone Balfour, A Program of Songs and Ballads of the 16th and 17th centuries]
 
1953
 
  
Louis B. Wright (Folger Shakespeare Library), “The British Tradition in America”
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'''1953 '''Louis B. Wright (Folger Shakespeare Library), “The British Tradition in America”
 
1952
 
  
[William Hess, Blanche Winogron, Sydney Beck, Music of Shakespeare’s Day]
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'''1952 '''[William Hess, Blanche Winogron, Sydney Beck, Music of Shakespeare’s Day]
 
1951
 
  
William Haller (Barnard College, Columbia University, emeritus),“‘What Needs My Shakespeare?’”
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'''1951 '''William Haller (Barnard College, Columbia University, emeritus),“‘What Needs My Shakespeare?’”
 
1950
 
  
John Cranford Adams (President, Hofstra College), “Shakespeare and His Stage”
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'''1950 '''John Cranford Adams (President, Hofstra College), “Shakespeare and His Stage”
 
1949
 
  
Charles J. Sisson (University College, London), “Elizabethans in Intimacy”
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'''1949 '''Charles J. Sisson (University College, London), “Elizabethans in Intimacy”
 
1948
 
  
Thomas Marc Parrott (Princeton University, emeritus), “Hamlet on the Stage”
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'''1948 '''Thomas Marc Parrott (Princeton University, emeritus), “Hamlet on the Stage”
 
1947
 
  
Samuel C. Chew (Bryn Mawr College), “This Strange, Eventful History”
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'''1947 '''Samuel C. Chew (Bryn Mawr College), “This Strange, Eventful History”
 
1946
 
Cornelia Otis Skinner, “The Wives of Henry VIII” [a play] (CANCELLED)
 
 
1942
 
  
Charles Grosvenor Osgood (Princeton University, emeritus), “The New Poet”
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'''1946 '''Cornelia Otis Skinner, “The Wives of Henry VIII” [a play] (CANCELLED)
 
   
 
   
1941
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'''1942 '''Charles Grosvenor Osgood (Princeton University, emeritus), “The New Poet”
  
Allardyce Nicoll (Yale University), “Shakespeare’s Experiments in Evil”
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'''1941 '''Allardyce Nicoll (Yale University), “Shakespeare’s Experiments in Evil”
 
1940
 
  
Leslie Hotson (Haverford College), “Not of an Age”
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'''1940 '''Leslie Hotson (Haverford College), “Not of an Age”
 
1939
 
  
Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke (Yale University), “Queen Elizabeth in Youth and Age”
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'''1939 '''Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke (Yale University), “Queen Elizabeth in Youth and Age”
 
1938
 
  
William Allan Neilson (President, Smith College), “As Shakespeare Says”
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'''1938 '''William Allan Neilson (President, Smith College), “As Shakespeare Says”
 
1937
 
  
George Lyman Kittredge (Harvard University, emeritus), “Shakespeare and the Critics”
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'''1937 '''George Lyman Kittredge (Harvard University, emeritus), “Shakespeare and the Critics”
 
1936
 
  
Felix E. Schelling (formerly University of Pennsylvania), “Shakespeare and Biography”
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'''1936 '''Felix E. Schelling (formerly University of Pennsylvania), “Shakespeare and Biography”
 
1935
 
  
Samuel Arthur King (University of London), "Dramatic Recital of Hamlet"
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'''1935 '''Samuel Arthur King (University of London), "Dramatic Recital of Hamlet"
 
1934
 
  
[early English choral music by the Ypsilanti Singers; Elizabethan tunes on the recorder and harpsichord by John Challis; readings from ''The Merchant of Venice'' and ''As You Like It'', by Edith Wynne Matthison]
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'''1934 '''[early English choral music by the Ypsilanti Singers; Elizabethan tunes on the recorder and harpsichord by John Challis; readings from ''The Merchant of Venice'' and ''As You Like It'', by Edith Wynne Matthison]
 
1933
 
  
George A. Plimpton (President, Amherst College), “The Education of Shakespeare, Illustrated with Textbooks in Use in His Day”
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'''1933 '''George A. Plimpton (President, Amherst College), “The Education of Shakespeare, Illustrated with Textbooks in Use in His Day”
 
1932
 
  
Joseph Quincy Adams (Folger Shakespeare Library), “Shakespeare and American Culture”
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'''1932 '''Joseph Quincy Adams (Folger Shakespeare Library), “Shakespeare and American Culture”
  
 
[[Category:Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture]] [[Category:Public programs]]
 
[[Category:Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture]] [[Category:Public programs]]

Latest revision as of 13:51, 4 December 2019

In honor of Shakespeare's Birthday, the Folger Shakespeare Library hosts a lecture from a noted scholar. The lecture became an annual event sponsored by the Center for Shakespeare Studies in 1987. Below is a list of previous lectures in the series. For more information on celebrations related to Shakespeare's Birthday, see Shakespeare's Birthday (disambiguation). Where available, recordings have been included in the individual lecture article.

2019 Gina Bloom (University of California, Davis), "Rough Magic: Performing Shakespeare through Gaming Technology"

2018 Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine), "Shakespeare's Virtues"

2017 Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library), "The Wisdom of Will"

2016 Joseph Roach (Yale University), "Stars Down to Earth: Materializing Celebrity"

2016 Kim Hall (Barnard University), "Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora"

2016 Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard University), "Shakespeare's Life Stories"

2016 Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford), "From Script to Stage to Script"

2015 Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto), "Shakespeare and the Language of Possibility"

2014 Brian Cummings (University of York), "Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography"

2013 Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex), "Graymalkin and Other Shakespearean Celts"

2012 Sarah Beckwith (Duke University), "What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in The Winter’s Tale"

2011 Wendy Wall (Northwestern University), "Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen"

2010 Jonathan Bate (University of Warwick), "The Good Life in Shakespeare"

2009 Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham), "Sensational Shakespeare"

2008 Alan Stewart (Columbia University), "How Shakespeare Made History"

2007 Barbara A. Mowat (Folger Shakespeare Library), "The Founders and the Bard"

2006 W.B. Worthen (University of California, Berkeley), "Shakespeare 3.0"

2005 Stuart Sherman (Fordham University), "Garrick and Theatrical Death"

2004 Coppélia Kahn (Brown University), "Made in America: Shakespeare(s) for the Nineteenth Century"

2003 John Guy (Cambridge University), "Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots"

2002 Katherine Duncan-Jones (University of Oxford), "Love and Death in Shakespeare's Poetry"

2001 James Shapiro (Columbia University), "Jessica's Daughters"

2000 Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania), "The Latest Hamlet"

1999 Harry Berger, Jr. (University of California, Santa Cruz, emeritus), "Harrying the Stage: Theatre, Bad Conscience, and Other Skills of Offence in Henry V"

1998 Linda Charnes (Indiana University at Bloomington), "The Hamlet Formerly Known as Prince"

1997 Peter Holland (Cambridge University), "Measuring Performance"

1996 A. R. Braunmuller (University of California, Los Angeles), "Bearded Ladies in Shakespeare"

1995 Phyllis Rackin (University of Pennsylvania), "Thoroughly Modern Henry, or It is Better to Marry than to Burn"

1994 Gail Kern Paster (George Washington University), "Heat-Seeking Missiles: Shakespeare, Women, and the Caloric Economy in Early Modern England"

1993 Michael Neill (University of Auckland), "Shakespeare and Translation"

1992 Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania), "Worn Worlds: Clothes and Identity in Shakespeare"

1991 Catherine Belsey (University of Wales College of Cardiff), "Making Histories"

1990 Andrew Gurr (University of Reading), "Boy Voices and Adult Voices on the Shakespearean Stage"

1989 Jonathan Dollimore (University of Sussex), "Shakespeare Studies and the Current 'Crisis' in the Humanities"

1988 David Bevington (University of Chicago), "'Is this the promised end?': Shakespeare's King Lear"

1987 Patricia A. Parker (University of Toronto), "`Wanton Words': Shakespeare and Rhetoric"

1985 George K. Hunter (Yale University), "Shakespeare as a Renaissance Artist"

1984 Joseph G. Price (Pennsylvania State University), "'Were it not that I have Bad Dreams': The Internalization of Character"

1983 Charles Shattuck, "Oh! There be Players that I Have Seen Play..."

1982 Stanley Wells, "Television Shakespeare"

1976 Jorge Luis Borges, "The Riddle of Shakespeare"

Listen to the MP3: (Borges begins speaking at second 6)

1975 Madeleine Doran (University of Wisconsin), "One Entire and Perfect Chrysolite: The Idea of Excellence in Shakespeare"

1974 Bernard Beckerman (Columbia University), "Shakespearean Playgoing: Then and Now"

1973 J. Leeds Barroll (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “The Future of Shakespeare Studies”

1970 T.J.B. Spencer (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), “Shakespeare’s Art and Politics”

1969 Joel Hurstfield (University College, London), “The Paradox of Liberty in Shakespeare’s England”

1968 Arthur R. Humphreys (University of Leicester), “Marlowe, The Jew of Malta; Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice: Two Readings of Life”

1967 [a harpsichord recital by Stoddard Lincoln, April 23, 1967]

1966 (two birthday lectures)

  • April 23, 1966 Philip H. Highfill, Jr. (The George Washington University), “Some 18th Century Responses to Shakespeare”
  • April 29, 1966 D.G. James (University of Southampton), “Shakespeare and America: A New Link Between Them”

1965 [a concert by The Mary Washington College Chorus, April 23, 1965]

1963 [University of Maryland Madrigal Singers, A Program of Music of Shakespeare’s Time, April 23, 1963]

1962 George Winchester Stone, Jr. (Modern Language Association of America), “The Poet and the Players”

1961 Stanley Bennett (Cambridge University), “Queen Elizabeth I and the Press”

1960 Sir Ronald Syme (University of Oxford), “Roman Historians and Renaissance Politics”

1959 Louis B. Wright and James G. McManaway, discussants, “The Reality of William Shakespeare”

1958 Winfred Overholser (Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital), “Shakespeare’s Psychiatry – And After”

1957 [The Amherst College Chapel Choir, A Concert of Renaissance Music]

1956 [Roberta and Colin Sterne, An Evening of Music for the Virginals, Lute, Recorder, and Baroque Flute]

1955 Marchette Chute, “The Good Luck of William Shakespeare”

1954 [Nemone Balfour, A Program of Songs and Ballads of the 16th and 17th centuries]

1953 Louis B. Wright (Folger Shakespeare Library), “The British Tradition in America”

1952 [William Hess, Blanche Winogron, Sydney Beck, Music of Shakespeare’s Day]

1951 William Haller (Barnard College, Columbia University, emeritus),“‘What Needs My Shakespeare?’”

1950 John Cranford Adams (President, Hofstra College), “Shakespeare and His Stage”

1949 Charles J. Sisson (University College, London), “Elizabethans in Intimacy”

1948 Thomas Marc Parrott (Princeton University, emeritus), “Hamlet on the Stage”

1947 Samuel C. Chew (Bryn Mawr College), “This Strange, Eventful History”

1946 Cornelia Otis Skinner, “The Wives of Henry VIII” [a play] (CANCELLED)

1942 Charles Grosvenor Osgood (Princeton University, emeritus), “The New Poet”

1941 Allardyce Nicoll (Yale University), “Shakespeare’s Experiments in Evil”

1940 Leslie Hotson (Haverford College), “Not of an Age”

1939 Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke (Yale University), “Queen Elizabeth in Youth and Age”

1938 William Allan Neilson (President, Smith College), “As Shakespeare Says”

1937 George Lyman Kittredge (Harvard University, emeritus), “Shakespeare and the Critics”

1936 Felix E. Schelling (formerly University of Pennsylvania), “Shakespeare and Biography”

1935 Samuel Arthur King (University of London), "Dramatic Recital of Hamlet"

1934 [early English choral music by the Ypsilanti Singers; Elizabethan tunes on the recorder and harpsichord by John Challis; readings from The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It, by Edith Wynne Matthison]

1933 George A. Plimpton (President, Amherst College), “The Education of Shakespeare, Illustrated with Textbooks in Use in His Day”

1932 Joseph Quincy Adams (Folger Shakespeare Library), “Shakespeare and American Culture”