Shakespeare's Coming to Town

A book that includes work unpublished before his death is coming to Brown University as part of a national tour.

Four hundred years old might sound a little old to go on tour. But not if you’re Shakespeare.

A book of the Bard’s works that was assembled seven years after his death is making its way around museums and libraries cross the United States as part of traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. The folio includes eighteen previously unpublished works, including Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Tempest. And it’s coming to Brown University later this month.

As part of welcoming the exhibit to town, the Rhode Island Historical Society is hosting a discussion led by three prominent Shakespeare scholars — James Shapiro, Miles Parks Grier and Virginia Vaughan — about his enduring influence on American social life, culture and politics. A collage of film scenes that demonstrate how his work still resonates will also be shown.

"America’s Shakespeare: A Symposium" will take place Saturday April 16, from 1-5 p.m. at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent St., Providence, 401-331-8575, ext. 134. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The First Folio exhibit runs from April 11 through May 1 at the Cohen Gallery at the Granoff Center for the Arts, which is located at the intersection of Angell and Thayer streets.