First Folio! Colloquia: David Schwartz


Sep. 9, 2016, 3pm to 4pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Goldfield Room


"Hazard All He Hath":  Shakespeare's Gambling World

David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the UNLV University Libraries

Gambling has a long presence in English life, a presence that grew steadily over time. By the Elizabethan era, gambling was so engrained within the English consciousness that it can be found throughout the works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare incorporated references to specific games ranging from novum to primero into several of his plays, and, to prove that gambling was more than just a pastime, incorporated larger themes of gambling, and particularly “hazard,” into his work. This talk examines the state of English gambling when Shakespeare wrote and traces the presence of gambling action and themes throughout his plays.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

To attend, please RSVP beginning Aug. 10. 

Contact Information

UNLV University Libraries Special Collections

External Sponsor

UNLV University Libraries