‘The Merchant’ in Venice

first_img“We didn’t want to have a sublime ‘Merchant of Venice.’ It has to be disturbing,” he said. “Shylock is not a real historical figure person, but there’s a bit of Shylock in anyone.”The idea of appealing the guilty verdict set forth in the play got some high-profile support with Ginsburg’s willingness to participate. She played the role of chief justice along with John R. Phillips, U.S. ambassador to Italy, Richard Schneider, professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, and two Italian jurists. Greenblatt and James Shapiro, an English professor at Columbia University, had what the Harvard scholar described as a “small spear-carrying role,” leading a discussion of the play during the 20-minute deliberation.“Above all, it was thrilling to watch the way that Justice Ginsburg brilliantly probed the case, repeatedly interrupting the claims and counterclaims with remarkably penetrating questions,” said Greenblatt.The mock decision was unanimous. The jurists threw out the claim for the pound of flesh Shylock had demanded from Antonio, and instead awarded the moneylender the return of his property, money, and religious freedom.Bassi hoped both events — along with symposia held earlier this year — help elevate cultural vibrancy in the small neighborhood, which can be walked end to end in minutes. The larger goal is cultural restoration of the museum that remains alongside the neighborhood’s five synagogues.“We need a modern-generation museum where you can admire the collections, and we need a cultural center. That’s the key to the center of this place. The attention and affection for this place has been so strong that we hope this will showcase what we have,” he said. Supreme Court associate justice receives Radcliffe Medal for her career battling for individual rights Recognizing the complexity inherent in marking the 500th anniversary of the Venice ghetto, organizers created some history of their own by staging the first production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” on the city’s landmark palazzo and holding a mock trial involving U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.“You don’t celebrate the creation of the ghetto, but it’s not like marking the anniversary of Treblinka or Auschwitz,” said Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, who participated in the mock trial and who taught Shakespeare in the joint Harvard/Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Summer School. Marking the creation of one of the world’s earliest ghettos in 1516, when the ruling Venetian council ordered the Jewish population to move to a small island marked by an iron foundry (gheto in Venetian dialect), has been a complex task for the small community of 500 Jews still living there. Shaul Bassi, associate professor at Ca’ Foscari University and director of Beit Venezia, said some people view any recognition as improper, while others believe there are lessons to be learned and shared.“We are not documenting 500 years of history. We are making a statement of how this is a lived cultural space, a lived religious space,” said Bassi, who saw the staging of “The Merchant of Venice” as particularly critical to the discussion. “The ghetto was a very cosmopolitan place.”Jews back then were allowed to work in the larger city during the day, but had to return to the gated, policed ghetto at night.‘We are not documenting 500 years of history. We are making a statement of how this is a lived cultural space, a lived religious space.’ — Shaul Bassi“It was an uncomfortable arrangement, an expression of extreme ambivalence, but it probably offered some protection to those who were shut in it,” said Greenblatt. “And what happened, not unlike what happened in the Harlem Renaissance, was that the community confined in the ghetto created a vibrant artistic and intellectual culture.”Organizers said the play was the ideal vehicle through which to celebrate that rich history, given that 2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Performers from Compagnia de’ Colombari, an Italian-born, New York-based theater collective, staged the play nightly in the ghetto through Aug. 1. Five actors took the stage each night to play different aspects of Shylock.“Even though he never existed in real life, Shylock is by far the most famous inhabitant of the ghetto. To ignore ‘The Merchant of Venice’ would be — in a curious way — to suppress the single thing most people associate with Venetian Jewry,” said Greenblatt. “It’s a complicated play because Shakespeare is a complicated playwright. It’s not a human rights document. It’s not a sentimental account of warm relations among different groups, but it is an incredibly interesting exploration of the roots of xenophobia.”Bassi said the director’s decision to split the role of Shylock was “audacious and bold and maybe even unsettling.” Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg Relatedlast_img read more

Pellegrini targets league title

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is focused on bringing a second Barclays Premier League title to the club – and believes his side will come out on top in the battle with Manchester United. Press Association He said: “I know the last two years were not very good in the Champions League and I will try to improve that. That’s not the only thing, though, and I will try to get another Premier League title. “When Manchester City won the league it was one of the most important things for the club and we will try to repeat it. “But we don’t have priority for one competition and we will try to do our best in all of them.” Meanwhile, City goalkeeper Richard Wright has signed a new one-year deal. Wright, 35, joined City as a free agent last summer and served as back-up to Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon without making a first-team appearance. Wright, who has two England caps, began his career as a highly-rated teenager with Ipswich in 1995 and also counts Arsenal, Everton and West Ham among his former clubs. center_img The Chilean was speaking to the English media for the first time before City’s trip to South Africa for the first leg of a pre-season tour alongside midfielder Fernandinho – recently recruited from Shakhtar Donetsk. The former Malaga boss recognised the desire for a strong season in Europe, following two disappointing Champions League campaigns under predecessor Roberto Mancini, but he stressed a quest to recover the league title from champions United would not be sidelined. last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr.: Browns trade ‘one of the best things to ever happen to me in my life’

first_imgNew Browns coach Freddie Kitchens also was on hand during the introductory news conference, and told the media he did follow through with his promise to tell Beckham he loved him during their first meeting.“I did,” Kitchens said. “Gave him a hug too. He told me he loved me. It’s like a love story.”The Browns acquired Beckham and Olivier Vernon from the Giants on March 13 in a surprise deal. In return, the Giants received Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler and the No. 17 and No. 95 overall picks in this year’s NFL Draft. “I think this moment is going to be more iconic than we all realize,” Beckham said. “… To look back in 10 years, like man I remember April 1, 2019, the start of something great.”[email protected], @bakermayfield, @MylesLGarrett and @God_Son80 at the podium https://t.co/iT20ulX8Gg— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 1, 2019Joined by quarterback Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett and former LSU teammate and childhood friend Jarvis Landry, Beckham said he was shocked to learn about his trade from the Giants at first, but then went on about how he grateful he is to be with the Browns. Related News Odell Beckham Jr. seems to be thrilled to be in Cleveland.The Browns held an introductory press conference for their new receiver Monday, with Beckam lauding the organziation and expressing how excited he is to be with his new team. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens reveals first thing he’ll say to Odell Beckham Jr.center_img “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be here,” he said. “Kind of the past is in the past. It was definitely a shock. I think I’ve come to grips with everything and processed everything … but to see my guys here, I’m excited about this.”As for his new teammates, Landry said he cried tears of joy, while Mayfield said he “just started screaming.”“I feel like we spoke this into existence. Him and I dreamed of this … this is surreal,” Beckham said of playing in the NFL with Landry.”I’m excited and I think it’s going to be one of the best things to happen in my life.” Browns GM John Dorsey gushes about Odell Beckham Jr.’s passion, competitivenesslast_img read more


first_imgA SICK stalker who harassed a family for six days whilst they were grieving over the death of a son showed no empathy towards his victims, a court has heard.Stephen Flood, 19, from Carnasaul, Kilmacrennan but now living in Gortlee, Letterkenny, bombarded members of a family in Convoy with hundreds of sickening phone calls and text messages.During one session he sent 68 text messages over a four hour, period – some of them urging a member of the family to take their own life in the same way another family member had done 18 months earlier. Judge Paul Kelly, who heard the case at Letterkenny District Court, said he had read victim impact statements given by members of the family and they found their ordeal to be “extremely distressing.”“I couldn’t begin to imagine how these events must have effected all the members of this family,” said the judge.The sickening harassment lasted for six days and six nights from  November 15th to 21st 2011 when family members called in Gardaí. Flood however faced just one charge of harassment and stalking.Sgt Jim Collins, who investigated the case, said Flood had gotten to know some family members through mutual friends.Judge Kelly said that he had read probation reports prepared for the court and could find no remorse whatsoever from Flood.“I’m concerned about his lack of insight into his behaviour as set out in the probation report and the lack of empathy towards this family,” said the judge.“It must be a torment for them for it to be brought up yet again,” he said, looking at the victims at the back of Court No1 in Letterkenny.Even Flood’s solicitor acknowledged this.“When I try to speak to him (Flood) it is like staring into a dark pit because he won’t say anything to me; there is an emptiness when it comes to his own well-being,” said defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher“When I try to do my best for clients I speak to them but he won’t say anything to me; his demeanour and the way he holds himself is of concern. He even has an uncaring attitude towards himself,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Kelly told the court: “I am very conscious of the grievance and distress caused to this family and in particular to the young members of the family….who were coming to terms with a very grievous loss.“The defendant has expressed little in the way of insight or understanding of his impact on the victims.“They have been very courageous with the way have come forward and in their victim impact statements which detail all too graphically the pain and suffering they have gone through.Mr Flood, he said, should be acknowledged for having pleaded guilty to the charges.“He has at least spared the family of having to give evidence and I am obliged to take that into consideration but I also have a detailed probation report which I must also take into account. He has no convictions prior to this incident.“He (Flood) needs some attention from the probation service – for the sake of others in the community.”He sentenced Flood to serve 180 hours community service in lieu of 9 months in prison.Judge Kelly said Flood should attend for medical and/or psychiatric counselling as directed by the probation service.Any breach of those conditions would trigger the prison sentence.Judge Kelly concluded the case by offering his deep condolences to the family.SICK STALKER WHO HARASSED SUICIDE TEEN’S FAMILY ‘SHOWED NO EMPATHY TOWARDS VICTIMS’ was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chargedGortleeguiltuharassmentJudge Paul KellykilmacrennanletterkennystalkerStephen Floodlast_img read more