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6/28/2016 - Shakespeare Lecture Series

MEDIA RELEASE, June 28, 2016, Southbury, CT

Shakespeare Lecture Series

The Southbury Public Library will host Professor Judith Sullivan of Western CT State University for a three-part lecture series on Shakespeare’s plays. All lectures will take place in the Kingsley room.

The Life and Death of King Richard II: Tuesday, July 12th from 3-4:30pm
This history play depicts Shakespeare’s focusing upon the pressing political realities culminating in Bolingbroke’s usurpation of Richard II’s Kingship. Similar to Prince Hamlet and King Lear, Richard II’s attainment of heroic stature necessitates personal growth through five acts which articulate the human condition.

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Tuesday, July 19th from 3-4:30pm
On the day that Macbeth, Thane of Glamis also becomes Thane of Cawdor, Shakespeare depicts what is perhaps not only the most fateful day in the life of the titular hero but also in the life of his beloved wife. Before the sun sets, this noble couple will conspire to assassinate King Duncan. In murdering the King, the Macbeths abort a future rich with possibilities for themselves, their fellow nobles and Scotland by a perverse life choice made within twenty–four hours.

As You Like It: Tuesday, July 26th from 3-4:30pm
This comedy is outstanding for its representation of joyful, festive comedy evoking an “… alliance of levity and seriousness.” The Forest of Arden setting viewed from multiple contexts distinguishes this Shakespearean comedy, and replacing the traditional plot, the Bard also creates talkfests occurring among various combinations of characters.

Professor Judy Sullivan began her career as an English teacher on the secondary level in public schools; she moved to Western Connecticut State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Judy has also taught and developed courses for Marist College as an Adjunct Professor; Marist recognized Judy for her Outstanding Service to Individuals with Disabilities, April 18, 1995 and also honored her as Teacher of the Year in 1994–1995. In the year 2001, Judy was awarded a fellowship to teach Shakespeare at the University of Beijing to undergraduates and to present a lecture to the Literature faculty. Since the 1990’s Judy has enjoyed her relationship with CT Humanities not only developing programs for children but also presenting programs for adults and children in Connecticut Libraries.

Registration is required for all lectures. Please call the library at 203-262-0626 ext. 130


Contact: Katherine Mostacero
Reference Librarian
Southbury Public Library
203-262-0626 ext. 131