Shakespeare's First Folio is at OU!


OU Shakespeare on social media

OU Shakespeare has been posting energetically on social media. Follow the hashtag #FirstFoliOU. 


Some great previous posts:


Prof. Kenneth Hodges of OU's English Department did a Shakespeare Twitter Takeover
Prof. Hodges does a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" about Shakespeare
Dead Week Shakespeare
Can You Match These Modern Movies to Their Shakespearean Roots?
Bard Libs: Silly Shakespearean Word Games for OU's Wordsmiths
 An OU vs. Texas Shakespearean Insult Generator


First Folio events program for January 2016


Unless otherwise specified, all First Folio events are free to the public, including those scheduled during regular Museum hours. No tickets or reservations required; just turn up! The contact person for event information is Joyce Coleman (, with the exception of the Medieval Fair Midwinter Ball; see that listing (below) for contact information.

Friday, Jan. 22, 5:30-7:30: SAM NOBLE MUSEUM MEMBERS' EVENT
 Great Hall, Sam Noble Museum
     Members of the Museum along with special guests will be invited to a reception accompanied by a short lecture and dramatic presentation:
         Prof. Amrita Sen (OCU, English), "Love in Shakespeare"
         Profs. Tom Huston Orr and Alissa Mortimer (OU, Drama), "Shakespeare's Lovers"

Saturday, Jan. 23, 1-4: TEACHER TRAINING SESSION
 Weitzenhoffer Theatre, OU Fine Arts Center.
     A free workshop for teachers on how to teach Shakespeare and the First Folio, focusing on what the Folio is and why it matters; and on how to move from text to performance and back. Led by an English professor and a Drama professor, with plenty of opportunities for group discussion and sharing of ideas.
     For more information, contact Kenneth Hodges (

Tuesday, Jan. 26 (6:30 reception; 7-8:30 event): “LIVING SHAKESPEARE,” Sam Noble Museum
 Catered reception in lobby
 Kerr Auditorium:
      Panel presentation:
          Kenneth Hodges (OU, English), “Medieval Shakespeare”
          Jim Yoch (OU, English, emeritus), “Shakespearean Opera”
          Sara Coodin (OU, Letters), “Shakespeare on the Yiddish Stage”
          Amrita Sen (OKCU, English), "Shakespeare in India"

First Folio Flyer

Friday, Jan. 29, 6:30-7:30: MEDIEVAL FAIR FREE LECTURE
 Norman Public Library, 225 North Webster
     Prof. Sara Coodin (OU, Classics & Letters), "Is Shakespeare's Shylock Jewish?"


     "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" is a national traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in conjunction with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center. "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, and by the generous support of and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.
       Funding for the events program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH. Other generous grantors include OU's College of Arts & Sciences, English Department, and Department of Classics & Letters.
     The CMRS events-planning group consists of Profs. Joyce Coleman (English; director, CMRS), David Anderson (English), Sara Coodin (Classics & Letters), Kenneth Hodges (English), Su Fang Ng (English), Tom Huston Orr (Drama), Alissa Mortimer (Drama), JoAnn Palmeri (OU Libraries Special Collections), and Amrita Sen (English, OKCU). We gratefully acknowledge the help of Arts & Sciences staff Cassie Gilman, Kristie Morgan, and Angela Startz, OU Libraries staff Liorah Golomb and Melissa Rickman, and Medieval Fair director Ann Marie Eckart, as well as the support of the Sam Noble Museum.
      For information and accommodations on the basis of disability, please call (405) 325-6220. The University of Oklahoma is an equal-opportunity institution;


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