Knowledge on Tap presents ... The Bard at the bar: Exploring the book that gave us Shakespeare

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Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new.

The First Folio, the book that gave us Shakespeare, is headed to Detroit. But before it arrives in March, Knowledge on Tap presents “The Bard at the bar: Exploring the book that gave us Shakespeare” to give insight into one of the most influential books in human history and the author who gave us that work.

Join Ken Jackson, chair of Wayne State University’s Department of English, to learn about the Bard, his life and the literary classics that might have been lost forever. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Many of Shakespeare's plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death. Two of Shakespeare's fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of the Bard’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.

In addition to his chair duties, Jackson is a professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State. He received his Ph.D. in English, with distinction, from Loyola University of Chicago. His research and writings on Shakespeare have appeared in numerous journal articles and books. Most recently, Jackson released his book Shakespeare and Abraham, which illuminates Shakespeare’s dramatic fascination with the story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the First Folio of Shakespeare throughout 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Wayne State, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, was selected as the host site for the state of Michigan.

Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month at a Midtown bar or restaurant and feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.

HopCat Detroit
4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Wright at 313-577-4562 or

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