Prof. Kim F. Hall, a leading researcher in Renaissance and early modern studies and critical race theory, will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by participating in the Folger Institute’s Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series. The lecture, which will take place on June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., is a preview of a new project Othello was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora, which uses depictions of Othello to explore issues of race and black identity. Support for the project comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Humanities Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Hall, recently named one of the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, helped generate a new wave of scholarship on race in Shakespeare and Renaissance/early modern texts with her groundbreaking work, Things of Darkness, published in 1995 by Cornell University Press. She is also a former trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, has published a number of texts on the intersectionality of Shakespeare and race, and serves as the Lucyle Hook Chair and Professor of English and Africana studies.