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James Shapiro Lecture Honors Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

Internationally known Shakespeare scholar, author and Columbia University professor James Shapiro will present Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Lecture, “Shakespeare in America,” on Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in the Ohio Union. His discussion will explore research from his new book – to be released the day before the event – Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now. The lecture is free and open to all, and takes place in the union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater.

Shapiro is the author of the award-winning books Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010) and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005). He is the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and serves on the board of governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Folger Shakespeare Library. The lecture is sponsored by Ohio State’s Department of English and College of Arts and Sciences.

Read New York Times article, "Measuring America's Shakespearean Devotion"