March 13, 2020

Binding the Sacrifice: Theological Parodies in "The Merchant of Venice"

Gondola in Venice canal

Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. Rowan Williams, Magdalene College, Cambridge, offered a lecture on theological parodies in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Williams then engaged in a roundtable discussion with Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson and Dr. Yvette Khoury, chaired by Dr. Michael Scott.


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This event was sponsored by the Future of the Humanities Project, La Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Georgetown University Humanities Initiative. 

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Dr. Rowan Williams is the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge University, and honorary professor of contemporary Christian thought.  In 2002, he became the 104th archbishop of Canterbury. In 2013, he was made a life peer, becoming Lord Williams of Oystermouth in the City and County of Swansea. Dr. Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages.  

Dr. Paul Edmondson is the head of learning and research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. 

Dr. Yvette Khoury works as the admissions, communication, and fundraising support officer in Blackfriars Hall.  She researched her D.Phil. in Arabic Shakespeares at St John’s College, University of Oxford. 

Dr. Michael Scott is Senior Dean, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, college adviser for postgraduate students, and a Member of the Las Casas Institute. He also serves as senior adviser to the president at Georgetown University.