Thomas Harriot Lecture
Dr. James Shapiro
Shakespeare in America
March 27 | 7pm | Wright Auditorium
Dr. James S. Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University in the City of New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Shapiro received his B.A. from Columbia and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In 1985, after teaching at Dartmouth and Goucher Colleges, he joined the faculty at Columbia University. Shapiro has also served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and as the Wanamaker Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London.
Shapiro has published widely on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture. He is author of Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare (1991); Shakespeare and the Jews (1995); Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play (2000); 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), winner of the Theatre Book Prize as well as the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize; and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010), winner of the Lionel Trilling Award.
Shapiro co-edited the Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the associate editor of the Columbia History of British Poetry. He co-authored and presented a 3-hour BBC documentary, The King and the Playwright (2012). Shapiro has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the Huntington Library, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Shapiro has co-directed two National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes on Shakespeare. He has been awarded the Hoffman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship on Marlowe and the Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book on 16th-century literature.
Shapiro is currently working on a new book, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, as well as a Library of America volume entitled, Shakespeare in America. He is a Governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library and on the Board of Directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011, Shapiro was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.