Fall Shakespeare series continues Nov. 1 at Greenwich Library

The Fall Shakespeare series with Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale College continues on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium. Dr. Schenker will examine and discuss two additional plays through the lens of ‘what it means to be human’.

  • Romeo and Juliet with Dr. Mark Schenker Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Continuing in the vein of Shakespeare plays that explore the complexities of human life beyond mere subsistence, Dr. Schenker will turn to Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s first great tragedy, for his second discussion.
  • The Tempest with Dr. Mark Schenker Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Dr. Schenker will conclude the series with The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, which, like Station Eleven, concerns a group of characters cut off from civilization.

Previously, on Oct. 4, Dr. Schenker discussed Shakespeare and Station Eleven, examining the relationship between culture and community and between the art of survival and the survival of art — whether that of Shakespeare’s plays or of comic books. Dr. Schenker explored the universal themes common to the play and the novel and how those themes expand on the reader’s understanding of what it means to be human.

About Dr. Mark Schenker

Dr. Schenker is a Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College. A former lecturer in the English Department, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature.

Dean Schenker has lectured on literature and film for over 25 years and has led book discussion series in more than 100 venues in Connecticut, including public libraries, museums, and cultural centers. For the past decade he has given programs on Shakespeare’s plays in conjunction with Shakespeare on the Sound. He also conducts monthly sessions for a number of private reading groups in Connecticut. In 2001, he received the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Registration is highly encouraged on the Library’s website, www.greenwichlibrary.org. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta at [email protected] or (203) 622-7972.

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