Learning Unlimited: Is Shakespeare Anti-Semitic?
Tue, March 14, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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.
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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