Ian Smith, professor of English and Richard H. Jr. ’60 and Joan K. Sell Chair in the Humanities, is the featured guest on the latest Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

On the podcast, released Jan. 3, Smith discusses his new book, Black Shakespeare: Reading and Misreading Race (Cambridge University Press), which examines Shakespeare’s pervasive interest in blackness as a social and political identity.

He was recently elected vice president of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), which granted him a Shakespeare Publics Award that recognizes pioneering and/or culturally significant efforts to foster, engage, support, and sustain broad and diverse Shakespeare publics through teaching, scholarship, performance, and/or activism.

“It’s the podcast’s 200th episode, and we’re delighted that it’s with Dr. Smith,” says Garland Scott, head of external relations for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

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