Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, has been selected as the host site for the state of Michigan for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world's most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.


Ongoing events:

February 11 – April 1, 2016: Detroit Public Library’s Shakespeare exhibition on view in the Burton Collection Reading Room
March 8 – April 3, 2016: Detroit Institute of Arts, Folio on view in the Era of Revolution gallery, 3rd floor
March 10 – April 1, 2016: Informational panels and special collections display at David Adamany Undergraduate Library


Special Events:

K-12 Teacher Workshop on Shakespeare’s First Folio
Thursday, February 11, 5–7 pm, Detroit Institute of Arts
The K-12 teacher workshop is led by Professor Gina DeBlase (Wayne State University, College of Education).
The workshop will be limited to 30 teachers. For more information, contact Jenny Angell at JAngell@dia.org

Knowledge on Tap: The Bard at the Bar
Thursday, February 25, 5:30–8 pm, Hopcat Detroit (4265 Woodward Ave.)
Join Ken Jackson, chair of Wayne State University’s Department of English, to learn about the Bard, his life and the literary classics that might have been lost forever. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Reservations encouraged: The Bard at the Bar

Shakespeare in Detroit
Friday, Feb. 26 from 7-9, Bernath Atrium
The theatre company will be giving a full preview performance of their production of Julius Caesar.

Treasures of the Detroit Public Library: Shakespeare and Beyond
Friday, March 4, 3 pm, Detroit Public Library
In this workshop for undergraduate and graduate students at Wayne State, Mark Bowden, DPL special collections coordinator and Jaime Goodrich, associate professor of English, will present select treasures from the DPL Special Collections.
Note: seating is limited, reservation required.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Trivia for High School Students
Tuesday, March 8, 10 am–12 pm, Detroit Public Library
Michigan Shakespeare Festival and trivia for high school students. The Michigan Shakespeare Festival from Jackson will be performing Romeo and Juliet for high school students.

Master Class with Mary Thomas Crane
Thursday, March 10, 10–11 am, Faculty Administration Building, room 2339
The WSU Group for Early Modern Studies presents a master class for graduate students and faculty facilitated by Mary Thomas Crane (Thomas F. Rattigan Professor of English, Boston College).
Note: seating is limited, reservation required.

Shakespeare and His Culture on Stage and on the Page
Thursday, March 10, 12:30–5:15 pm, Bernath Auditorium
Friday, March 11, 9 am–4:45 pm, Bernath Auditorium
Bringing together Shakespeare scholars from across Michigan, this conference will explore the cultural, historical,
literary and textual significance of the First Folio by examining the presence of
Shakespeare’s writings in three media: stage performance, manuscript, and print. Keynote speakers include David Bevington, University of Chicago, and Mary Thomas Crane, Boston College. Free and open to the public, with no reservation required
For the complete schedule visit: http://clas.wayne.edu/English/2016/02/15/“Shakespeare-and-His-Culture-on-Stage-and-on-the-Page”-Conference-Schedule/News/8382

Film Screening: The Stratford Film Festival Production of "King Lear"
Sunday, March 13, 1 pm Detroit Film Theatre
The first in an ambitious project to record full performances of all of Shakespeare’s plays over the coming decade, this stunning production features the incomparable Colm Feore in the performance of a lifetime as Lear.
To purchase tickets visit: dia.org

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Shakespeare But Were Afraid to Ask
Friday, March 18, 6–8 pm, Burton Reading Room, Detroit Public Library
Lecture by Arthur F. Marotti, distinguished professor of English emeritus at Wayne State University.
RSVP for this event at: Detroit Public Library Foundation

Wayne State Insiders Tour
Tuesday, March 22, 12–1 pm, tour will begin at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Join the Wayne State Insiders for a special tour of all things First Folio! This exclusive tour will take you on a guided visit with the First Folio display from the Folger Library that will be on display at Wayne State.

Speed Shakespeare
Tuesday, March 29, 12–2 pm, David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare’s plays and poems through informative and fun presentations and displays presented by WSU graduate students.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Friday, April 1, 6–9 pm, Bernath Auditorium
Film screening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Stoppard, 1990) presented by Wayne State’s student film group Kino Club 313 with a discussion by graduate student Todd Breijak.


For more information on the First Folio in Detroit: Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition to be hosted by Wayne State University.

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