Learning Unlimited: Is Shakespeare Anti-Semitic? | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Learning Unlimited: Is Shakespeare Anti-Semitic?

Tue, March 14, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Learning Unlimited
Is Shakespeare Anti-Semitic?

Join retired lawyer and instructor Oak Dowling to explore the gritty matters of money lending and anti-Semitism, which appear uncomfortably beside the elements of romance in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Watching clips from the film starring Al Pacino will help illuminate the famous “Flesh-Bond” trial (re: “A pound of flesh” and “the quality of mercy”).

In addition, the discussion will refer to the book A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice by Kenji Yoshino (2011), a constitutional law professor at NYU, who explains the concept of justice in relation to the “Flesh-Bond” trial.

Was Shakespeare really anti-Semitic?  What was the real meaning of the Merchant’s trial?  Come find out!

$5.00 Members With Advanced Registration

$7.00 Non-Members With Advanced Registration

$10.00 All Day of Registrations

Please call 415.444.8000 to register.
Registrations are non-refundable.

Learning Unlimited lectures are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Carol & Duff Kurland and Donors to the Osher Marin JCC’s Annual Fund in support of Adult & Senior Programs 

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