Michael Witmore: “The Wisdom of Will”
Folger Director and Shakespeare scholar Michael Witmore reflects on Shakespeare’s continuing appeal after 400 years. Treating Shakespeare’s plays as a kind of wisdom literature – itself a popular genre in Shakespeare’s time – Witmore discusses 10 things that Shakespeare knew about people, history, and power that we still need to know today.
This lecture was part of the Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series and also concluded The Wonder of Will: 400 Years of Shakespeare. The annual Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture is sponsored by the Folger Institute’s Center for Shakespeare Studies.