Drew Forum 2017–2018 Season
This year's lineup of nationally known speakers will cover sports, politics, satire, science and more.
Ticket prices are listed with each event and range from $32 to $75.* They may be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey online or by calling 973-408-3917.
The Drew Forum speaker series is generously sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship.
*Plus $6 handling fee per order.
Co-sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year. The list of previous guest authors includes Drew alumni/ae, faculty, poets and fiction/nonfiction writers, such as Priscilla Becker, William Giraldi, Kathleen Graber, Phil Kay, Collum McCann, Sean Nevin, Patrick Phillips, Kevin Prufer, Jacqueline Woodson and Courtney Zoffness. At the end of the spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community.
First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The exhibition is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center and is funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and the generous support of Google.org, Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small and other generous donors.
First Folio, which was assembled in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, includes 36 of his plays—18 of which had never before been published. Without it, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest and more could have been lost. The book will travel to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The exhibition, which also includes panels and digital content, exclusively features First Folios from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., whose collection of 82 First Folios is the largest in the world.
Folger Shakespeare Library selected Drew as the sole exhibitor in New Jersey because of its renowned theatre program, wealth of Shakespeare courses and nexus with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which is based on Drew’s 186-acre campus. The book will arrive in late September and be displayed from Oct. 6 through Oct. 30 on the first floor of Mead Hall, with a bevvy of daily programming around it.
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare appears courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Books in the Time of Shakespeare is supported in part by the Delmas Foundation.
Exhibit Hours: Tuesday to Friday 4-8 p.m. and weekends 12-8 p.m.
Group Tours: For information on tours for groups up to 60, such as from schools, contact email@example.com or 973-408-3702.
Folio News & Links
- 4 Things You Should Know About Shakespeare's First Folio
- The Record traces the history of First Folio
- BroadwayWorld reviews Richard III at @ShakespeareNJ
- Drew, Shakespeare Theatre celebrate the 1623 book's arrival
- JerseyArts interviews Drew's Chris Ceraso about the book that gave us Shakespeare
- Drew Co-Hosts Shakespeare’s First Folio
- Shakespeare Theatre is performing Richard III during the First Folio exhibition
- Drew's Jonathan Rose reviews book on First Folio
- Drew students create exhibits for First Folio
- Drew University chosen to host Shakespeare's First Folio
- Drew University site
- Folger's First Folio site
- Shakespeare Theatre of N.J. site
- Drew Department of Theatre and Dance
First Folio Events
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The beauty and art of botanical books are on display in this artist-curated exhibit of material from Drew’s Special Collections.Find out more »
Like polyphony in music, Gina Werfel’s paintings layer stencils, naturalistic gestures, and clearly defined graphical lines to achieve texture from multiple, independent voices.Find out more »
Catch the premiere of this original play, the story of three families navigating the changing face of not only their neighborhood but the entire city of Newark in the aftermath of the 1967 rebellion.Find out more »
Morris Davis, an associate professor at the Drew Theological School, considers the intellectual, scholarly and institutional legacy of Thomas C. Oden, the late Drew professor and evangelical theologian.Find out more »
Hear preeminent scholar Stephen Walt, the Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, speak about the direction of U.S. foreign policy.Find out more »
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, hearing from two experts with insights into the life and legacy of the great American statesman.Find out more »
Hear from Alexander Woods, hailed by TheNew York Times as a “showstopping” violinist and “deft and sensitive accompanist.”Find out more »
Sensational young artists Suejin Jung and Péter Tóth will leave you breathless with their performance of virtuosic gems by Franz Liszt, in a concert designed for ages 10 and up.Find out more »
General Seating: $32* Purchase Tickets Online NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning sports journalist Ira Berkow. During his 30 years as NBA commissioner, Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing, television distribution and digital technology. He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the…Find out more »
A cast of internationally acclaimed performers, assembled from European and American opera houses, joins the orchestra to present this heart-rending story.Find out more »
See an original play developed by students enrolled in Drew’s New York Theatre program under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project, on stage in New York City.Find out more »
Admire some of the strangest and most beautiful images in Drew’s rare book collections, highlighting more than 500 years of mapmaking.Find out more »
See an original play developed by students enrolled in Drew’s New York Theatre program under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project.Find out more »
Each year, flutists of all ages gather at Drew for a day of classes culminating in a concert of ensemble works. The program is open to students as well as adults.Find out more »
See the 2013 documentary film about Joachim Prinz, who fled Nazi persecution to become president of the American Jewish Congress and a leader of the civil rights movement, and hear from its co-creators.Find out more »
Award-winning poets Nicole Sealey and John Murillo read from their works and answer audience questions in the latest installment of our Writers@Drew series.Find out more »
This exhibit explores the lives and back stories—beyond concerts, parties and gold records—of the giants who shaped rock ‘n’ roll in its prime.Find out more »
Women’s and Gender Studies Visiting Scholar Lecture: Sterilizing the Poor— Eugenics and Welfare in American History
Hear an illuminating talk by Molly Ladd-Taylor, associate professor of history at York University and author of the new book Fixing the Poor: Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century.Find out more »
This exhibition explores the use of color within contemporary art and includes a range of artists who consider color as a core concern of their work.Find out more »
Critically acclaimed drummer Karl Latham, legendary Grammy Award–winning bassist Mark Egan and internationally renowned guitarist Vic Juris explore iconic popular music standards from the 60s and 70s.Find out more »
Join us for a program originally presented on March 14, 1824 in Vienna by violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh.Find out more »
Admire the artistry of serious, self-motivated student pianists, ages seven to 18, who are pursuing top-notch performing experience.Find out more »
See the 2000 documentary film exploring similarities between Nazism in Germany and racism in America while telling the story of Jewish scholars expelled from German universities who became teachers at traditionally black colleges in the segregated South.Find out more »
The first of a three-part series, this workshop teaches educators to use podcasts as a digital tool for teaching student writers to craft strong arguments.Find out more »
As the 47th vice president of the United States, Joe Biden served two terms and left a lasting legacy as a leading architect of domestic and foreign policy on some of the most pressing issues facing the country. Hear him share his experiences from a life dedicated to public service.Find out more »
Sue Lederman, a professor emerita at Kean University, links her experience as a hidden child during the Holocaust with her life in social activism.Find out more »
Come see prized treasures spanning 300 years of hymnbook history, including our oldest (and largest) music book—a massive choral book from the 15th century.Find out more »
Afeosemime “Afe” Adogame, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Christianity and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary, speaks on new dynamics of religious experiences and expressions in Africa and the African diaspora.Find out more »
One sure sign of spring: music students, in their junior or senior years, performing a repertoire that represents the full range of their accomplishments in private instruction courses.Find out more »
New works honored with an annual award recognizing excellence in playwriting by Drew undergraduates are performed by professional actors from the New York theater community.Find out more »
Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear this groundbreaking piece, performed on a tricked-out grand piano using a set of preparations approved by John Cage himself.Find out more »
Student organizers bring video and live speakers to have discussions and make connections on a central theme.Find out more »
Enjoy chamber music by this year’s Jill Spurr Titus Scholars, Drew student instrumentalists chosen for their talent and dedication to music performance.Find out more »
Born in a concentration camp in Freiberg, Germany, Hana Berger Moran recounts the remarkable determination of her mother, Priska, to preserve her life, before and after her birth.Find out more »
Hear from Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman elected to the level of Episcopal office in the 200-year history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.Find out more »
Listen as Drew professor Alex de Voogt, co-author of Moves in Mind: The Psychology of Board Games, shares the history of board games and stories about his own collection. Afterward, enjoy refreshments and board games new and old!Find out more »
#DrewTEACH Workshop Series: Loud Silence and Organized Chaos: Using Digital Discussions to Promote Argumentative Writing
The second of a three-part series, this workshop teaches educators to engage digital discussion as a technique for promoting the skills students need to craft effective argumentative writing.Find out more »
Join us for an evening worship service, featuring guest preacher Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman elected to the level of Episcopal office in the 200-year history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.Find out more »
Student choreographers created exciting new dance pieces around the theme “immigrant,” informed by ethnographic studies and inspired by research into their family histories.Find out more »
Ready to start a business or launch a business online? This workshop presented by the New Jersey Department of Taxation can help.Find out more »
Enjoy readings and refreshments as talented Drew student writers share their prize-winning works.Find out more »
This conference invites scholars to expand conversations surrounding Ireland’s role on the international stage, with special commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.Find out more »