Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, tells the story of how the Dukedom of Milan was lost and regained, and prompts us to think about the role of the liberal arts in learning how to rule. We discover that Prospero’s study of the liberal arts contributes to his fall from power. But it also helps him preside over the small society of strange creatures on the remote island where the action of the play takes place. What does Prospero need to learn about nature, authority, love, forgiveness, and death in order to bring about the restoration of the rightful line of succession in Milan? In this online seminar, led by Professor Jenna Storey, fellows will closely study one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays to meditate on the kind of education we need to engage well in political life.

Images: Scene from Shakespeare’s The Tempest | Miranda Observing the Wreck of the King’s Ship

Jenna Storey discusses Why We Are Restless


Jenna Silber Storey

Jenna Silber Storey is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Affairs at Furman University and Executive Director of Furman’s Tocqueville Program. She is the co-author of a book with Benjamin Storey: Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment (Princeton University Press, 2021). Further information about her work can be found at

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