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Spring 2016 Lectures


Shakespeare's Father »

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Boston College
Sponsored by the Boston College Institute for Liberal Arts

Getting to Campus

Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus Map

Boston College is located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts. The campus is approximately six miles west of downtown Boston. 

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Shakespeare's Wife »

Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 p.m.
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 132
Boston University
Sponsored by The Boston Univeristy Lectures in Criticism

Getting to Campus

Boston University Campus Map

Boston University is located along the Charles River mainly on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston, Massacusetts, and bordering the Fenway/Kenmore area.

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Shakespeare's Daughters »

Friday, April 22, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Mahindra Humanities Center
Harvard University
Sponsored by The Shakespearean Studies Seminar, Harvard

Getting to Campus

Harvard University Campus Map--Barker Center

The Mahindra Humanities Center is located in the Barker Center. The  Center is bordered by Prescott, Harvard, and Quincy Streets. Enter the courtyard from Quincy Street, opposite the Lamont Gate. The Barker Center is the large brick building facing the Faculty Club. To locate Humanities Center seminar events, please consult the postings in the Barker Center main lobby. 

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About the Speaker


Lena Cowen Orlin Headshot

Lena Cowen Orlin, Professor of English, is also Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America (SSA). The SAA, sponsored by Georgetown University, is a professional organization for the advanced international study of Shakespeare’s works, his time, and his afterlife in scholarly and public culture. The Association has about 2,000 members.

Orlin is the author of "Locating Privacy in Tudor London" (Oxford, 2009) and "Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England" (Cornell, 1994). She is the co-editor (with Russ McDonald) of a college textbook, "The Bedford Shakespeare," and editor of "A Sourcebook for English Studies: The Renaissance" (Palgrave, 2009). Among her publications are also nine essay collections, including "Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide" (edited with Stanley Wells, 2003). 

Lena has been awarded fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has also held residencies at the Liguria Study Center, the Bellagio Study Center, the Yale Center for British Art, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the Huntington Library. She serves on the editorial boards of the journals Shakespeare Studies (US) and Shakespeare Survey (UK) and is co-editor of the Arden Shakespeare State of Play Series and the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. She is on the Executive Committees of the International Shakespeare Conference of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and of the International Shakespeare Association. She has been elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.