The Shakespeare Conversations: Exploring Historical Works that Connect to Today

Book cover of Shakespeare in a Divided AmericaThe Shakespeare Conversations at County College of Morris (CCM) has shown itself to be great in both act and thought with its latest accomplishment to arrange for an interview with the author of “Shakespeare in a Divided America” as its next online program.

Photo of authorJames Shapiro, author of “Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us about Our Past and Future” – named to the New York Times Top 10 Books of 2020 – will be interviewed and take part in a question-and-answer session on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. The online program is free and open to the public. Email to register and receive login information.

“His book has become quite hot right now, and we are so lucky that Professor Shapiro has agreed to join us,” said Professor John Soltes, one of the founders and organizers of the Shakespeare Conversations.

Shapiro, professor of English at Columbia University, also is author of the prizewinning “1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare,” “Contested Will,” and “The Year of Lear.” He has been awarded Guggenheim, Cullman and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company and is Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York.


The Shakespeare Conversations is chaired by Soltes and Drs. Ann Patten and Yoonha Shin at CCM. Its inaugural 2020 Fall Semester featured an examination of the Bard’s “Richard II.”