540WMain is excited to partner with St. John Fisher College English Professor Deborah Uman for its first college course. This new course is titled Exploring Race in Othello: Past and Present and is funded in part by a grant received from Humanities NY.  

Exploring Race in Othello: Past and Present

Through a discussion series with six sessions, community members will read Shakespeare’s famous play, Othello, examining the play for its themes of love and jealousy and as a potential origin tale of European racism and discrimination.  Participants will discuss what Othello means to us today and read it alongside recent adaptations including Toni Morrison’s performance piece, Desdemona, and the 2001 film O set in an American private high school. This course will be co-taught by Deborah Uman and Amanda Chestnut and runs weekly every Thursday beginning April 30th and ending June 4th, 2020

Key features
  • Free to community members
  • This is a college level
  • Weekly sessions
  • Participants should only register if they intend to attend all six weekly sessions
  • Course takes place at Douglass Auditorium at 36 King Street

This course serves as a pilot for THE CLEMENTE COURSE IN THE HUMANITIES ®, INC. and our long term goal is to bring this program to 540WMain.

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