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Shakespeare Forever: Shakespeare and Political Philosophy


Shakespeare and Political Philosophy by Shawn Welnak and John Lutz

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Dr. Shawn Welnek, Professor Philosophy Department

Dr. Welnak, founder of the Institute for the Study of Democracy and Liberalism at LIU Post, specializes in Political Philosophy. As an active scholar, he has presented his work across the country, and most recently in Paris. Additionally, Dr. Welnak’s captivating teaching style is evidenced by his students' evaluations, which regularly rank him among the top professors on any of LIU’s six campuses. Recently, he has taught a course with LIU colleague, Dr. John Lutz, on Shakespeare’s Tempest in which they debated the nature of Shakespeare’s political philosophy. He would like to present a movie discussion on Richard II to adult and high school audiences.

Dr. John Lutz (bio)

John Lutz is an Associate professor of English at the Post Campus of Long Island University. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature (1998) from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. (1991) and B.A. (1989) in English literature from Long Island University. He teaches philosophy and literature, postcolonial literature and theory, political philosophy and 20th-century literature. His most recent publications include articles in Mississippi Quarterly, Conradiana, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, LIT, Research in African Literatures, Rethinking Marxism and Mosaic.


Specialties Postcolonial Literature, Literary Theory, Philosophy and Literature, Marxism, 20th-century World Anglophone Literatures, History and Theory of the Novel, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy


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