Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Revisiting the Merchant of Venice: Recognizing & Overcoming the Anti-Semitic Stereotypes


Price for Members: $57.00
Price for Non-Members: $85.00
Date/Time: Wednesdays: May 17, 24, 31 & June 7  1:00 – 3:00

Instructor: Laura Bernell, M.A. Literature, Santa Clara University
Location: In-Person, Concord Campus


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Course Description

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, contains a variety of Jewish stereotypes but also offers humanistic insights to counter them. Given the alarming rise in overt antisemitic attitudes in the 21st century, it becomes important to understand the sources of age-old Jewish stereotypes, to recognize them in ourselves and our society today, and to dispel them with knowledge of historical contexts, misperceptions and fallacious logic.  This course explores the impact of Shakespeare’s dramatization of 16th century stereotypes of Jewish people and how to overcome them in our own time, some 500 years later.



Event Details

Date: 2023-05-17

Start time: 01:00 p.m.

End time: 03:00 p.m.

Venue: In-Person, Concord Campus


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