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Please join us for an evening with Dr. Ruben Espinosa, who will read from his forthcoming book Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism, which is part of the Routledge Spotlight on Shakespeare series. This book puts into conversation Shakespeare with present-day events and cultural products surrounding topics of race, ethnicity, xenophobia, immigration, asylum, assimilation, and nationalism as a means of illuminating Shakespeare’s cultural and literary significance to these issues. Following his presentation, Dr. Espinosa will engage in a discussion with Dr. Kathryn Vomero Santos and will answer questions from the audience.

Dr. Espinosa is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare’s England (2011) and co-editor of Shakespeare and Immigration (2014). He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America in 2018. He is currently at work on his next monograph, Shakespeare on the Border: Language, Legitimacy and La Frontera, and will join the faculty at Arizona State University as Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Fall 2021.

This event is part of a series for the Spring 2021 Public Humanities Seminar on “Shakespeare and Race” led by Dr. Santos. All events are free and open to everyone. Live captioning will be provided, and recordings will be made available after each event. Please visit for more details.


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Routledge has created a special discount code for the occasion of this event. If you are interested in pre-ordering Dr. Espinosa’s book, please visit and use the code FLR40 at checkout.

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