Heroes and Heroines: Women in Shakespeare and Lessons for Today's Leaders
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Cush Jumbo, Michael Witmore (moderator)
Sun, June 26th, 2016 | 5:00 pm
(Members $32)


The New-York Historical Society is proud to be New York State’s venue for the exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, which will bring the 1623 original edition of the playwright’s first published collection to the U.S. In recognition of this extraordinary month-long presentation, join us for a conversation featuring U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, acclaimed actress Cush Jumbo, and award-winning Shakespearean scholar Michael Witmore as they discuss the influence of Shakespeare and the women in his works on their own lives.

Doors to the Robert H. Smith Auditorium will open at or about 4:30 pm.

Kirsten Gillibrand has served as a U.S. Senator representing New York State since 2009. Cush Jumbo plays Lucca Quinn in CBS's hit drama, The Good Wife. Her expansive experience in New York theater includes The Taming of the Shrew, currently showing as part of Free Shakespeare in the Park, and the award-winning one-woman show, Josephine and I, at The Public. Michael Witmore (moderator) is Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Women’s History at New-York Historical Society


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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