Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Speaking of Shakespeare with James Shapiro
Tuesday, May 26, 3 p.m.
The National Arts Club
Live stream only

Columbia English professor James Shapiro leads a session inspired by his new book, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future. Shapiro will share the ways controversies like “manifest destiny, race, gender, immigration and free speech” have played out in our understandings of Shakespeare. He’s joined by head of The Shakespeare Guild John Andrews (free).

Online Event | Casey Schwartz Presents Attention: A Love Story with Joshua Cohen
Tuesday, May 26, 7 p.m.
The Center for Fiction
Live stream only
The drive for distraction doesn’t seem to be curtailed by quarantine. Author Casey Schwartz (In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis) delves into the battle for our attention in her new book. She’ll share her experiences with the ersatz focus afforded by Adderall, the predations of Silicon Valley, and luminaries like William James, David Foster Wallace and Simone Weil (free).

“Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
Wednesday, May 27, 7 p.m.
National Humanities Center
Live stream only
Ponder the contradiction at the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s life: champion of liberty and owner of slaves. Two of the world’s leading Jefferson scholars, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, discuss their book Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (free).

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