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Harvard Offers Online Courses for Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

By June 9, 2017 No Comments

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Harvard University is offering “ShakespeareX,” a series of free online courses about the writer’s great plays, taught by Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University Professor of the Humanities.

First in the series are:
• Shylock’s Bond (http://bit.ly/2qKNnyg), examining Shakespeare’s unforgettable character Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and his historical origins.
• Hamlet’s Ghost (http://bit.ly/2s9iGn7), an exploration of the uncanny theatrical power and the historical contexts of the haunting figure at the heart of Hamlet.

Each 3-week, self-paced course is ideal for Shakespeare students and enthusiasts at all levels.

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To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Harvard University is offering “ShakespeareX,” a series of free online courses about the writer’s great plays. First in the series are Shylock’s Bond, examining the magnetic and ambivalent character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet’s Ghost, an exploration of the uncanny theatrical power and the historical contexts of the haunting figure at the heart of Hamlet. Each 3-week, self-paced course is taught by Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University Professor of the Humanities. Ideal for Shakespeare students and enthusiasts at all levels! To learn more and enroll, visit Shylock’s Bond (http://bit.ly/2qKNnyg) and Hamlet’s Ghost (http://bit.ly/2s9iGn7).

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Free @harvardonline #MOOC explores the unforgettable character Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Starts June 26. https://www.edx.org/course/shylocks-bond-harvardx-hum3-2x#.WQnaocEsGn0.twitter

Explore the mysterious Ghost in Hamlet with @Harvard prof Stephen Greenblatt. 3-week @harvardonline #MOOC at: https://www.edx.org/course/hamlets-ghost-harvardx-hum3-1x#.V-VXlV5dKhk.twitter

Background on HarvardX
Launched in parallel with edX, the Harvard and MIT founded not-for-profit, online learning enterprise, HarvardX is a University-wide strategic initiative enabling faculty to create open, online courses for on campus and global learners and advancing research in the learning sciences.

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