Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and the Law

Wed, March 20, 2019 6:00 P.M. Add to your calendar
Literature Department at Parkway Central Library

Lecture will be held in Room 405.

It's often said that people "bargain in the shadow of the law." But they also write in that same legal shadow. Shakespeare's plays are enriched by the legal culture in which they were created, but they question that culture as much as they reflect it. We'll talk about the famous trial in The Merchant of Venice, questions of justice and mercy in Measure for Measure, and issues of authority in King Lear and Julius Caesar. 

Lecturer: John Culhane is Distinguished Professor of Law at Delaware Law School (Widener University), and an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he teaches "Shakespeare and the Law." Author of more than three dozen law review articles, he has spoken and published on a wide variety of legal issues, is the author of the forthcoming "The Many Ties That Bind" (Vanderbilt Press), and is a regular contributor to both Politico and Slate. He has appeared on NPR and MSNBC, among other media, and has been published by the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Huffington Post, among many others. He has thrice won the Outstanding Faculty award at Delaware Law School.

Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series is presented by The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia. Free admission.  Please register:

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Literature Department
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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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