In 2016, the literary and theatrical world collectively celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. As part of that global celebration, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater organized Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a citywide, year-long festival consisting of hundreds of theatrical performances and interdisciplinary events to commemorate the Bard. In City Desk 400, thirty scholars from nine universities wrote essays discussing and contextualizing many of these events. Examples include essays on the event "Culinary Complete Works - Three Takes: Two Gentlemen" by Clark Hulse of the University of Illinois and Lydia Craig of Loyola University Chicago and discussions of the Newberry Library's exhibit "Creating Shakespeare" by Anna Ullman of Loyola University Chicago and Andrew S. Keener of Northwestern University. These essays and many others provide stimulating commentary and context for the specific events they discuss and also for Shakespeare's work and cultural relevance. City Desk 400 was edited by Regina Buccola, scholar-in-residence at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and professor of English at Roosevelt University.
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