Hear Ye: Lecture Explores Gambling During Time Of Shakespeare


Lucas van Leyden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Along with theater, another favorite activity during William Shakespeare's time remains popular in modern-day Nevada: gambling.

References to games of chance and the willingness of characters to “hazard all” fill the bard’s writings. Shakespeare's Gambling World will be the subject of a lecture on Friday at UNLV by  Dave Schwartz, director of the university’s Center for Gaming Research.

This talk examines the state of English gambling when Shakespeare wrote and traces the presence of gambling action and themes throughout his plays.

The lecture is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, in the Goldfield Room at the Lied Library. It is free and open to the public. 

Schwartz’s presentation coincides with a display of a Shakespeare First Folio at UNLV that runs for the month of September.

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Dave Schwartz, director, Center for Gaming Research at UNLV


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