Talks and Screenings at the Folger

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The Folger Shakespeare Library hosts an array of talks and screenings throughout the year.

Current season

Upcoming season

Past seasons

2010s

  • Elizabethan Garden Tour, April 21, 2012–October 31, 2014
  • Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture 2013: Andrew Hadfield, April 8, 2013
  • John Killen, The Breifne O'Reillys: An Ulster Clan in Medieval Ireland, March 4, 2013
  • Patrick Tuite: The Irish Imagined in Henry V and other Early Modern Plays, March 1, 2013
  • James Shapiro: 1599 and Essex’s Irish Rebellion, January 25, 2013
  • Stephen Landrigan & Qais Akbar Omar: Shakespeare in Kabul, November 16, 2012
  • Ricky Jay, November 8, 2012
  • Peter Sís, November 2, 2012
  • Deborah Harkness: The Experience of Early Modern London, September 27, 2012
  • Pre-Show Discussion: The Taming of the Shrew, May 16, 2012
  • Arthur Phillips: The Tragedy of Arthur, February 24, 2012
  • Pre-Show Discussion: The Gaming Table, February 8, 2012
  • Women On Stage: A Conversation about Susanna Centlivre, February 5, 2012
  • Poetics and the Bible, December 16, 2011
  • Pre-Show Discussion: Othello, November 2, 2011
  • Director's Choice: Data-Mining Shakespeare, October 26, 2011
  • KJV in the USA: The King’s Bible in a Country without a King, September 29, 2011
  • Guns, Barges, and Books: Reassessing the Stationers’ Company of Early Modern London, July 21, 2011
  • To Catch a Thief: Recovering the Durham First Folio, July 7, 2011
  • Collecting the Book that Breaks the Rules: Shakespeare’s First Folio at Auction, June 23, 2011
  • Folger Friday: Lecture on American Wine, May 20, 2011
  • A Lecture by Michael Hollinger, playwright/translator of Cyrano, May 9, 2011
  • Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture 2011: Wendy Wall, April 25, 2011
  • Folger Friday: Rebecca LaRoche, February 18, 2011
  • The Co-Creators of Kill Shakespeare on Their Epic Comic Graphic Novel, February 15, 2011
  • Folger Friday: Deborah Tannen, February 11, 2011
  • A Reading by Margaret George, author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII, November 29, 2010
  • Henry VIII: Art and Magnificence, November 5, 2010
  • Folger Friday: Henry VIII Discussion, October 15, 2010
  • Stories from the Sea: Sea Dogs, Buccaneers, and Corsairs —Piracy Then and Now, July 27, 2010
  • Stories from the Sea: At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean, July 13, 2010
  • Stories from the Sea: Three Englishmen and an Island—Richard Hakluyt, Samuel Purchas, John Smith, and Bermuda, June 29, 2010
  • Discovering Hamlet, June 7, 2010
  • Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture 2010: Jonathan Bate, April 26, 2010
  • James Shapiro, April 16, 2010

2000s

  • Pre-Performance Exhibition Tour, November 25, 2009
  • Simon Reade: Dear Mr. Shakespeare, November 20, 2009
  • Derek Hirst to Lecture on “William Walwyn’s ‘Darling’: The Happy Life of an Ageing Former Radical”, November 19, 2009
  • Pre-Performance Exhibition Tour, November 18, 2009
  • Paul Collins, November 16, 2009
  • Perspectives on China: The Perpetual Discovery, November 10, 2009
  • Pre-Performance Exhibition Tour, October 4, 2009
  • Pre-Performance Exhibition Tour, October 3, 2009
  • Shakespeare Birthday Lecture: "Sensational Shakespeare", April 13, 2009
  • Words on Will: Marina Warner, April 9, 2009
  • Words on Will: Germaine Greer, March 23, 2009
  • Words on Will: Marjorie Garber, February 13, 2009
  • Truth, Lies, and Videotape: Media Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign in Review, November 18, 2008
  • Words on Will: Jess Winfield, October 27, 2008
  • Pre-Performance Exhibition Tours, October 15, 2008–June 10, 2009
  • Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: Alan Stewart: "How Shakespeare Made History", April 21, 2008
  • Words on Will: Shakespeare + Manga, March 31, 2008
  • Words on Will: Teller Talks, February 27, 2008
  • Words on Will: Jennifer Lee Carrell, January 25, 2008
  • Words on Will: Bill Bryson, October 29, 2007
  • Words on Will: Mercedes Ellington, May 15, 2007
  • Words on Will: Marjorie Garber, March 23, 2007
  • Words on Will: Samuel Crowl, February 5, 2007
  • Words on Will: Aliki, March 6, 2006
  • Words on Will: James Conlon, January 30, 2006
  • Words on Will: Peter Ackroyd, November 21, 2005