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In an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman offered some historical perspective regarding the New York Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar. The decision to present the titular figure as closely resembling President Trump angered the organization’s sponsors, with both Bank of America and Delta Air Lines pulling their funding as a result. However, Grossman pointed out that this type of production is nothing new, citing numerous examples of Shakespeare plays that had characters modeled after sitting presidents, including one 2012 version of Julius Caesar at the Guthrie Theater that modeled Caesar after President Obama (a production that Delta did sponsor). “I think the issue here is much more a sense of historical perspective on the role of literature and theater in public culture,” Grossman stated.