Published just seven years after his death, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — now known as the “First Folio” — saved for posterity 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It.”
In 2016, multiple copies of this original edition, accompanied by six interpretive panels, will tour the United States as the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with a rare opportunity to view this important book in their own community. Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, is the only host site in Michigan.
March 7 – April 1, 2016: Folio on view at Detroit Institute of Arts
March 10 – April 1, 2016: Informational panels and special collections display at David Adamany Undergraduate Library
One Time Events:
“K-12 teacher workshop on Shakespeare’s First Folio”
On Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the DIA will be hosting a K-12 teacher workshop on Shakespeare’s First Folio. Led by Professor Gina DeBlase (Wayne State University, College of Education), the workshop is designed to prepare educators to guide students through learning activities related to the First Folio exhibition (and other events) in March. Wayne State English Professors Ken Jackson and Jaime Goodrich will also participate as content specialists. The workshop will be limited to 30 teachers. For more information, contact Jenny Angell at JAngell@dia.org.
“Knowledge on Tap” with English Department Chair Ken Jackson
Knowledge on Tap brings Wayne State’s renowned professors and scientists face-to-face with the public in Detroit Midtown’s restaurants and cafés. The events feature a live – and lively – discussion with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The February discussion will focus on Shakespeare and the First Folio.
“Treasures of the Detroit Public Library: Shakespeare and Beyond”
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. The workshop will feature a wide-ranging introduction to the cultural, literary and historical significance of the DPL’s holdings, including medieval manuscripts, early editions of Shakespeare, the diary of George Washington and the correspondence of the Detroit Tigers. 3 p.m., Detroit Public Library.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival and trivia for high school students
On March 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Detroit Public Library, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival from Jackson will be performing Romeo and Juliette for high school students. Following the play, there will be a round of Shakespeare Trivia complete with prizes for the top-answering students.
Master class with Mary Thomas Crane
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). Professor Crane will lead a discussion of a chapter from her recent book, *Losing Touch with Nature: Literature and the New Science in Sixteenth-Century England* (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).(Location and time TBA)
Academic Conference: “Shakespeare and His Culture on Stage and on the Page”
For the first time all Michigan Shakespeare scholars will be brought together in Detroit! 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. As cultural and historical objects, the First Folio and Shakespeare’s other writings offer a rich corpus for considering Shakespeare in relation to various strands of early modern culture and society, such as class, the court, domesticity, economics, education, ethnicity, gender, history, nationhood, politics, popular culture, race, religion, sexuality and social hierarchy. (Location and schedule TBA)
Lecture: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Shakespeare But Were Afraid to Ask”
As part of the Mary Adelaide Hester series at the Detroit Public Library, Arthur F. Marotti, distinguished professor of English emeritus at Wayne State University, will give a lecture called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Shakespeare But Were Afraid to Ask” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Burton Reading Room. The lecture topics will include:
• What is Shakespearean about Shakespeare?
• Why do Shakespearean plays sound Shakespearean?
• How does Shakespeare engage his audience co-creatively in the making of the dramatic experience of his plays?
• How does Shakespeare handle hot-button political issues?
• What makes Shakespearean drama so adaptable to changing cultural, national and political circumstances from his time to the present?
• Is Shakespeare a psychologist?
• Is Shakespeare a proto-feminist?
• What do Shakespearean dramas have to do with religion and ethics?
• What are Shakespeare’s flaws and blind spots?
This lecture will not deal with the following non-debatable topics:
• The Shakespearean authorship controversy
• Evolution and natural selection
• Climate change
Wayne State Insiders tour
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 as well as an up close experience with rare Shakespeare items from Wayne State’s own collections. From there, those on the tour will walk to the Detroit Public Library for a hands-on experience with a 2nd edition of the First Folio and other unique Shakespeare materials. Finally the tour will conclude at the Detroit Institute of Arts for a viewing of the First Folio. (Details and time TBA)