Hobart-Ives Lecture Series
The Hobart-Ives Lecture Series focuses on contributions of contemporary Catholic thinkers within a pluralistic society. The series is named for Levi Silliman Ives (1797 to 1867), a former Episcopalian bishop who became professor of rhetoric at Fordham, and his wife Rebecca Hobart Ives (1803 to 1863), daughter of Bishop John Henry Hobart and goddaughter of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Following their conversion, they devoted their lives to promoting Catholic causes, especially the protection of destitute and abandoned children.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 12 p.m.
Flom Auditorium | William D. Walsh Family Library
Rose Hill Campus | Fordham University
The Right Honourable Clare Asquith
The Countess of Oxford and Asquith
What is the origin of the idea that bad luck surrounds the play Macbeth? It is not Shakespeare’s most violent play, nor his most tragic. Many contemporary dramas also featured witches, black magic, and murder. Yet there is something uniquely sinister about Macbeth. Unnatural occurrences are said to have disrupted performances. Actors still superstitiously avoid mentioning the name of the “Scottish Play.” This talk will explore the possible causes of the legendary curse and propose a theory of why, from the very beginning, Shakespeare and his acting company might have felt uneasy about performing what has since become one of his most popular plays.