From Hamlet to Macbeth, Shakespeare’s use of equivocation speaks volumes. In Hamlet, the word carries the neutral meaning of ambiguous; in Macbeth, it becomes more sinister, suggesting deceit and foul play. In a free lecture Thursday, September 29, James Shapiro will trace the strange history of this resonant word.
Thursday, September 29
On Display NowSeptember 23 - December 31
Open September 23 - December 31, Creating Shakespeare is an exhibition exploring the Bard’s creative process as well as the creativity of the countless writers, printers, actors, musicians, and artists who have re-contextualized, re-imagined, and re-invented his work over the past 400 years.
With Hamilton now on stage in Chicago, theater-goers can continue exploring the life of the “ten-dollar founding father without a father” right here at the Newberry. The Newberry’s collection contains early American materials illuminating both the political debates and personal feuds that entangled Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries.
“In this year of Hamilton-induced mania, what Productions might we thrill to had once-Vice President Hannibal Hamlin—casualty of history, plaything of Destiny—ascended to the highest American Office? Might the theater-crazed Public clamor not for Hamilton but for Hamlin?” So writes “Walter L. Newberry” in his latest “Dear Walter” column.
At the heart of the Newberry is a set of collection strengths that attract a variety of readers and serve as inspiration for our public programs and academic endeavors.