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News Shakespeare and Modern Justice, a lecture by Kenji Yoshino, April 18

MARLBORO, VT - (April 6, 2011) - Marlboro College will present a free, public lecture by author and NYU Law professor Kenji Yoshino on Monday, April 18 at 7:00pm in Ragle Hall.

Yoshino will discuss his new book A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice. With a modern twist, Yoshino offers an inspired reading of 10 Shakespearean plays, showing us how they provide parables of justice relevant to our times. A lifelong Shakespeare fan, Yoshino takes us from The Merchant of Venice to Hamlet and draws powerful conclusions about the nature of justice in modern society -- including fresh observations on civil disobedience, love, and the search for truth. From the roles of judges and juries to the power and limitations of authority to the history of civil disobedience, Shakespeare's canon offers an ideal starting point to explore the nature of a just society.

Yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights was published by Random House in 2006. A fusion of memoir and treatise, Yoshino examined the current state of civil rights from his perspective as a gay Japanese-American. Dubbed "the face and voice of the new civil rights" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Kenji Yoshino presents a new paradigm for civil rights, articulating the victories and limitations of the movement, while pointing a way forward. Publisher's Weekly called Covering, "a touchstone in the struggle for universal human dignity," "masterfully melding autobiography and legal scholarship."

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law.  He was educated at Harvard (B.A. 1991), Oxford (M.Sc. 1993 as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School (J.D. 1996).  He taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008, where he served as Deputy Dean (2005-6) and became the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor in 2006. A specialist in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature, Yoshino has published in major academic journals, such as the Columbia Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.  He has also written extensively in other popular venues, such as The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.   He makes regular appearances on various radio and television programs, such as NPR's The Takeaway and PBS's Charlie Rose.

Books will be available for sale during the lecture. For images or more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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