October 2022: Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy
Please join us in October 2022 for a Virtual Reading Group with Sarah Skwire.
Pre-registration is required, and we ask you to register only if you can be present for ALL sessions. Readings and video are available online. Participants who successfully complete ALL sessions will be eligible to receive an Amazon e-gift certificate.
Shakespeare's first tetralogy, composed of Richard II, I and 2 Henry IV, and Henry V, is a masterpiece of staged English politics and history. The plays represent the facts of history (more or less) but are deeply interested in complicated questions about the nature and responsibilities of Kingship, the character of Kings, and the relationship between Kings and their people. This VRG will explore Shakespeare's first tetralogy. Participants may read the plays, watch the version of the plays presented in the BBC series, The Hollow Crown, or do some combination of both as time permits. The goal, for this particular VRG, is not to do a close reading of Shakespeare's language, but rather to engage with the larger themes that drive the plays and that remain part of our political context even now.
Session I: Wednesday, October 12, 4-5 EDT: Richard II
Session II: Wednesday, October 19, 4-5 EDT: I Henry 4 and 2 Henry 4
Session III: Wednesday, October 26, 4-5 EDT: Henry 5
Virtual Reading Groups
- December 2022: Classical Tragedy and the World of Ideas
- December 2022: J.S. Mill “On the Liberty of Thought and Discussion"
- November 2022: The Election of 1800: Jefferson v. Adams
- October 2022: Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy
- September 2022: The Evolution of American Federalism
- September 2022: Liberty and Virtue in the Axial Age
- August 2022: Jane Austen’s Persuasion: Aristocracy, Independence, and Economics
- May 2022: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: SELECT CASES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
- April 2022: Education in a Free Society
- March 2022: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Rights of Women
- March 2022: Ancient v Modern Liberty
- February 2022: Joseph Schumpeter’s “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy”
- January 2022: James Madison and the Conflict Between the Executive and Legislative Branches
- November 2021: Pericles' Funeral Oration
- September 2021: Celebrate Constitution Day
- August 2021: Agriculture, the State, and Liberty
- June 2021: Adam Ferguson’s History of Civil Society
- May 2021: The Colonial Origins of the Bill of Rights