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Love and Law in Shakespeare’s Merchant
Brown Bag and Bellinis: A casual conversation about The Merchant of Venice
Featuring Special Guest: Rebecca Tortaro, Professor of Literature and culture of early modern England at Florida Gulf Coast University
All lectures are $15 and will be held at the Norris Center.
About the Speaker:
Gail Kern Paster took office as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library on July 1, 2002 and retired from that position as Director emerita in July 2011. Until July 2009 she also served as editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, the leading scholarly journal devoted to Shakespeare, published by the Folger Shakespeare Library in association with the George Washington University, where she was a Professor of English and had taught since 1974. She earned a B.A., magna cum laude, at Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. at Yale University. She has won many national fellowships and awards, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment from the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. She was named to the Queen’s Honours List as a Commander of the British Empire in May 2011.