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Farah Karim-Cooper appointed as Folger Shakespeare Library director

The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Board of Governors announced the appointment of Farah Karim-Cooper as the new director.

The selection was made after a 10-month international search. Karim-Cooper will be the eighth director of the library and the first person of color to hold the position.

Karim-Cooper, who presently serves on the executive leadership team at Shakespeare’s Globe as the director of education, is a professor of Shakespeare studies at Kings College London and the author of commercial, trade and scholarly publications.

Karim-Cooper succeeds Michael Witmore, who has served as director since 2011, and will start her new role on Oct. 7.

“The Search Committee and the Board of Governors were impressed with Farah’s deep, diversified track record and experiences, which traverse the world of Shakespeare studies, performance, collections, media, and connecting with a variety of audiences,” said board Chair D. Jarrett Arp. “She has a well-earned reputation as an inclusive, thoughtful, and engaging leader. Farah is a natural fit to guide the Folger as we welcome the public, increase our visibility, and build for the Folger’s second century.”

Karim-Cooper is known as a Shakespeare scholar with an intellectual focus on modern-day race and justice issues regarding his works. A native of Karachi, Pakistan, who grew up in Houston, she holds a doctorate in English literature from Royal Holloway, University of London and received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from California State University, Fullerton.

“I am thrilled to take up the role of director of the Folger Shakespeare Library,” Karim-Cooper said. “After 20 years at Shakespeare’s Globe developing a scholarly profile while leading research education, collections and public programming, this role is the natural next step on my lifelong journey with Shakespeare. The Folger is a world-renowned and beloved institution, a significant beacon of knowledge that daily demonstrates the importance of the humanities. I am truly honored to uphold its founding mission while forging new ways to demonstrate how Shakespeare’s work speaks to our moment.”

Source: Washington Informer

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