Shakespeare Read-Aloud in Philadelphia

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut Street


4 January
Shakespeare Read-Aloud in Philadelphia
The Pennoni Honors College would like to invite you to another Shakespeare Read-Aloud for all interested students, staff, faculty, parents, and friends of the Pennoni Honors College. We will be reading and dissecting Merchant of Venice. The limits of law come into play when a merchant seeks money to woo an heiress but defaults on a loan from a Jewish moneylender, who then demands a pound of the merchant’s flesh, according to his contract. The play addresses issues of justice, compassion, and empathy. It is of its time and profoundly contemporary in representing the damage that discrimination can do to those on society’s margins. The reading will resume each Wednesday, from 2-3 p.m. live on Zoom. The reading will be led by Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Cohen, author of the forthcoming Of Human Kindness: What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy (Yale UP). Our aim is to have attendees engage with this great play in whatever capacity they choose. You can come to read or just to listen. There will be no pressure, no judgment, no grades — just the chance to commune together over a great work of literature and provide a little laughter in our present moment. Wednesdays, starting December 23 2-3 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting:



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