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A 21st Century Jewish Perspective on Shakespeare’s “Othello” | Instructor: Deborah Orens

Upcoming Sessions

1. Monday, July 15, 2024 9 Tammuz 5784

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

2. Monday, July 22, 2024 16 Tammuz 5784

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

3. Monday, July 29, 2024 23 Tammuz 5784

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

4. Monday, August 5, 2024 1 Av 5784

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

5. Monday, August 12, 2024 8 Av 5784

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

6. Monday, August 26, 2024 22 Av 5784

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

 



Class Description: Othello, the protagonist and tragic hero is a Moorish general who fights and defends the Italian city-state of Venice. He is brave, upstanding, and trusting, but he is also an outsider, valued only for the benefit the Venetians can derive from his skill. Through the emotional machinations of Lago, his spurned lieutenant, he is totally destroyed. Why would such a strong and respected general be destroyed by jealousy, Lago’s weapon of choice? Potentially, because he is a Black man in a White world. In this class, we will together read and analyze the tragedy. We will investigate the similarities between Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” and Othello (necessary specifics of the former will be provided) and, through law and psychological studies, investigate how the underlying problems of both Blacks and Jews persist today.

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July 14,2024 /  8 Tammuz 5784