Over 400 years after his death, Shakespeare is still widely regarded as the greatest dramatist of all time. His many plays tackle questions about power, influence, identity, and moral and social status. His characters—be they villains or heroes—are often disdained because of their race, religion, class, disability, or gender. So what do Shakespeare’s plays reveal about identity and status in his time? How might they shed light on who we include and who we exclude today? Could Shakespearian dramas have more in common with modern day soap operas than we think?
Join our live audience at the Stanford Humanities Center as the Philosophers record a brand-new episode with their special guest, David Sterling Brown from Trinity College, author of Shakespeare's White Others.
In addition to thought-provoking conversation and audience questions, the show will feature multimedia reporting from Roving Philosophical Reporter Holly J. McDede and satirical commentary from Ian Shoales the Sixty-Second Philosopher.
This event is generously sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center.