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Folger curator shares new Shakespeare discoveries

This blog post by Esther French originally appeared on the Folger’s Shakespeare & Beyond blog. Folger Curator of Manuscripts Heather Wolfe dropped a bombshell in The New York Times this past week: Newly discovered depictions of Shakespeare’s coat of arms from the seventeenth century provide documentary evidence that while the heralds made the grant of arms to his father,… Continue Reading »


Moving Beyond Explaining – Part 2

Every year, Wildwood School, the independent progressive school in Los Angeles where I teach, hosts an event called Hamlet Night put on by the current junior class. It’s the culminating project of the junior year, the apotheosis of the three months the students have put into reading, performing, studying, and writing about the Bard’s most… Continue Reading »


Moving Beyond Explaining “The Deeper Meaning” of a Play – Part 1

APPLY FOR THE 2019 SUMMER ACADEMIES ON HAMLET & OTHELLO! *This is the first in a two-part series from our teaching colleague Vanessa Mancinelli. Check back next week for more.*   Just about a year ago, I was standing on the lawn outside of the Folger Shakespeare Library in the late afternoon sunshine of Washington,… Continue Reading »


An Invitation from a Black Shakespearean

Note from Folger Education: Now more than ever we need to ask the big questions, confront the issues that both unite and divide us. Today we share an essay written for the CrossTalk: DC Reflects on Identity and Difference project by our colleague Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at The George Washington University. Professor Thompson… Continue Reading »


Is It Midsummer Yet?

OK, we know it’s not technically summer yet, and it’s totally not midsummer, but we can’t help but rush right into summer dreaming—and reading—especially on the warm, sunny days we’re currently enjoying in DC! Perhaps some of you are already thinking about new ways—or plays—to teach next year. As you spend some time this summer… Continue Reading »


High Schoolers as Scholars and Artists? Yes!

Today, June 1st, is the deadline for students to apply to become Lily McKee High School Fellows of the Folger! Like all Folger Education programs, this experience immerses learners in scholarship, performance, literacy, and our collection. Learn more in this throwback post by past fellow Mikaela Ruiz-Ramon from October 2014: Why I Love the High School… Continue Reading »