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Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.154  Thursday, 12 April 2012

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Date:         Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 15:54:00 -0400

Subject:    Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare’s Birthday and More

 

What’s On at the Folger

 

Mirth and Merriment

Special Events: Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House

 

It’s April, the month we welcome spring at the Folger and celebrate Shakespeare. Enjoy music, games, and more during our annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House! Children and adults can participate in free crafts and activities, take to the Folger stage for spontaneous Shakespeare performances, and explore the Folger’s historic building. During the closing festivities, all are welcome to share birthday cake on the front lawn.

 

Sunday, April 22

Noon to 4:00 pm

 

Free

Discover Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Life

Listen: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare

 

 

Tales of Innocence

Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture

 

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale offers a fascinating glimpse into childhood. Young Prince Mamillius, who haunts the play even after his death, provides a lens for exploring critical themes. The annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture by Sarah Beckwith deals with questions of initiation, inheritance, innocence, truth, and doubt.

 

Plus, view images from Folger Theatre’s 2009 production of The Winter’s Tale on Flickr.

 

Monday, April 16, 2012

7:30 pm

 

Free

Get a Seat: Reserve Online

On Flickr: Images from The Winter’s Tale

 

 

A Trace of Shakespeare

In the News: Restored Scribble May be Shakespeare Signature

 

Could this be Shakespeare's signature? Probably not, but researchers are investigating when and how a mysterious signature on the title page of Archaionomia, a treatise on Anglo-Saxon law in the Folger collection, first appeared on the page's top border. Using multi-spectral imaging technology, the researchers are studying images not visible to the human eye to compare the signature to other known Shakespeare signatures—as well as those of well-known forgers.

 

For a detailed look at the digital imaging process, read the post by guest contributor Roger Easton of Rochester Institute of Technology on The Collation blog.

 

Blogworthy: Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature” 

 

 

[Editor’s Note: I would encourage readers to look at the “Spectral Imaging of Shakespeare’s “Seventh Signature” cited above. Further, at the SHAKSPER web site, in the Scholarly Resources, Pedagogy section, I discuss in my first Cook’s Tour how to access the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Image Collection which contains William Lambarde’s Archaionomia, the work in which the signature is found. In addition to your being able to read the how-to instructions article online at http://shaksper.net/scholarly-resources/cooks-tour, you can download a pdf version of it below. Once you have the Luna software installed, you are able to examine the page yourselves by continuing to zoom-in on the image. Actually, quite fun. –Hardy]

 

Cook’s Tour One:  Cook Tour One (116.13 kB)

 

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