Throughout April 2014, the University of Colorado at Boulder will be celebrating the work of William Shakespeare. A series of free events will bring to life the ideas and writings of the English language's greatest author. These events lead into the Summer 2014 season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. This summer's productions include The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Henry IV, parts 1 and 2.

Finally, for students interested in studying abroad this summer, there's "Shakespeare On-Site," a CU Global Seminar, which allows students to study the works of the world's greatest playwright on location in England. And here in Boulder there's a special class, ENGL 3573 (Shakespeare in Performance), taught by a visiting FIRST scholar, Professor Emeritus Ralph Williams, University of Michigan.





April 9th

Conference on World Affairs!

Old Main Chapel, CU Boulder, 3:00-4:20pm


"Shakespeare: What Would the Bard Say?" Session 3716

Gordon Adams
Tina Packer
Jay M. Parker
Don Weingust
Moderator: Timothy Orr




April 16th

Folger Shakespeare Library!

British Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU Boulder, 7:00pm


“The Theatrical Coding of Difference: Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger Shakespeare Library”

Gail Kern Paster (Director Emerita, Folger Shakespeare Library; Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly)


We are privileged to have Gail Kern Paster, of the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Boulder for a talk on images in the digital archive of the Folger.

Dr. Paster has won many national fellowships and awards, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books— Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage (2004), The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare (1986), and The Body Embarrassed: Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England (1993)—as well being as the co-editor of the Bedford Books “A Midsummer Night's Dream”: Texts and Contexts (1998), editor of Thomas Middleton's 1607 comedy Michaelmas Term (2000), and co-editor (with Mary Floyd-Wilson and Katherine A. Rowe) of Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays on Emotion (2004).

Dr. Paster was a professor of English at The George Washington University and has been a trustee and president of the Shakespeare Association of America.



April 23rd

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration!

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, Boulder, 7:00pm


In honor of Shakespeare's birthday, members of the Shakespeare Oratorio Society will present Venus and Mars, an exploration of the complicated and ever-changing relationships between women and men as seen in Shakespeare's plays. From Jessica and Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice) to Falstaff and Doll Tearsheet (Henry IV), from Berowne (Love's Labour's Lost) to Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra), from Silvius and Phoebe (As You Like It) to Kate and Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), the four actors (two of each gender!) will cover a range of characters: young and old, peasants and nobles. We use the oratorio style of holding the text in our hands while minimizing costumes and setting, thus emphasizing and focusing attention on the words of the bard.


Performers: Anne Sandoe, Shirley Carnahan, Gregg Adams, and Ethan Yazzie-Mintz



April 30th

History Extravaganza!

British Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU Boulder, 7:00pm


“Fathers and Sons, Rebels and Rascals in Shakespeare's Henry IV and Merry Wives of Windsor

Katherine Eggert, English
David Paradis, History
James Symons, Theatre



To prepare us for this summer's productions of Henry IV, parts one and two, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, three faculty members from CU Boulder will present their views on Henry Bolingbroke, Prince Hal, Hotspur, and Falstaff. Come and enjoy this interdisciplinary approach to investigating Shakespeare's works.


Katherine Eggert, Associate Professor of English, specializes in English Renaissance literature. She has published a book on queenship in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton and articles on a number of topics including Shakespeare on film, and she is completing a book on Renaissance alchemy.

David Paradis specializes in late fourteenth-century English popular unrest including the London uprising of 1381, which directed horrendous acts of violence against the followers of Henry Bolingbroke's father, John of Gaunt. He is webmaster for the Center for Medieval and Early Modern studies at CU.

James Symons is Emeritus Professor of Theatre and director of last season's Richard II . He has directed more plays for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival than anyone else and specializes in the history plays. He is a CU President's Teaching Scholar and past chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.