A new exhibition launched by the Vassar College Libraries marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and reviews the ways in which the college has interacted with the Bard’s work. Shakespeare at Vassar will be on view in the Thompson Memorial Library September 6-December 7. A reception featuring readings and music will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 5:30pm, in the library’s Class of ’51 Reading Room. An alumnae/i panel discussion, “Shakespeare 400 at Vassar,” will be held on November 7, 5:30pm, in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. All events are free and open to the public.
The dramatic works, poetry, and overall cultural significance of Shakespeare have had a resounding and lasting effect on teaching, the arts, and life at the college.
To capture this, Shakespeare at Vassar features: a 17th century folio of Shakespeare’s works; rare books of the 18th and 19th centuries; private press books; playbills from Shakespeare productions at Vassar; and photographs.
“Shakespeare’s appeal is timeless, intriguing scholars and students across generations,” says Andrew Ashton, Vassar’s director of libraries. “This exhibition reveals how thoroughly Shakespeare’s work has infused Vassar’s academic and extra-curricular endeavors over the years. It is particularly gratifying to have this exhibition presented at Thompson Library, where so many readers have enjoyed meaningful and inspiring encounters with Shakespeare.”
Visitors to the exhibition are also encouraged to explore the college’s Shakespeare Garden. The garden, which opened in 1916 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, features plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s works as well as plants grown in 17th century England.
This exhibition is available for viewing in the Thompson Memorial Library every day 9:00am-5:00pm.
ALUMNAE/i PANEL DISCUSSION: "Shakespeare 400 @ Vassar"
Rockefeller Hall, room 200
Monday, November 7, 2016, 5:30pm
This panel discussion will feature four Vassar graduates who are working with Shakespeare professionally as scholars and practitioners: Elizabeth Rivlin '92 (Department of English, Clemson University); Matt Hunter '08 (Department of English, Temple University); Kate Abbruzzese '08 (actor); and Bill Barclay '03 (Music Director at Shakespeare's Globe). The panel will be followed by a reception and a concert of Shakespeare music by members of the Madrigal Singers, directed by Drew Minter.
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