Welcome, readers! We have quite a line-up of news bites for you this Tuesday, starting with the headline we’ll probably be talking about all week …
Richard’s Bones Mean A Tourist Exhibit
The big news in Shakespearean circles, of course, is the positive identification of Richard III’s remains under a car park in Leicester. The mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby, announced that the monarch would be reburied at the Leicester Cathedral and would include an exhibit at the excavation site.
Over at Vanity Fair, Juli Weiner has a bit of fun with the revelation and provides hypothetical essay answers from students who might have tried to complete test questions on Richard III after reading a quick blurb about his bones.
Middle Schoolers Slam, Bang, and Mash Macbeth
Claire Needell Hollander writes for The New York Times about her experiences teaching Macbeth to middle schoolers in Manhattan. Hollander observes that students, “engage with text the way they engage with the world; they search for signs of weakness, and prepare to feel contempt,” but also reveals how they can experience the exact opposite and become genuinely moved by an assigned reading. She notices how her students ‘play’ with the scripts that she gives them, teasing each other, reacting to the lines they each read aloud, becoming boisterous and raucous as the text ‘slams’ into the present moment.
The University of Delaware Library and IT Academic Technologies, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, will host a lecture and workshop series entitled, “Perspectives on Digital Humanities.” The series showcases digital humanities projects from UD faculty that offer hands-on training opportunities to support teaching and research. Katherine Rowe and Kristen Poole will discuss “iPad Shakespeare” on Wednesday, February 20.
The Royal Shakespeare Company and Warwick Business School announced a new partnership with Oxford University Press to distribute Teaching Shakespeare (an online professional development resource) worldwide. The program features more than one hundred films with modeled lessons and interviews with RSC academics, directors, and practitioners and academics. Teaching Shakespeare seeks to help educators develop active, drama-based approaches to teaching Shakespeare’s works. The new relationship with the Oxford University Press will mean that the resource will expand throughout the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia, and International Schools around the world.
Shakespeare Academy Launched
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey announced the launch of The Shakespeare Theatre Academy, set to begin in March. The program expands the Theatre’s education offerings and will bring classical theatre courses – as taught by staff artists and educators – to both young and adult participants. Small classes will help to ensure that students receive individualized attention. The Academy includes courses on classic scene study, stage combat, and sword play.
Exhibit: Chicago Artists
The traveling exhibit, “Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare: As They Like It,” contains works by Chicago artists that demonstrating the relevance of Shakespeare in a wide range of media and styles. The event, which will next run from February 6 through March 22 at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, includes arwork that portrays Shakespeare’s characters, poetry, scenes, and soliloquies.
Around 170 students at the JSerra Catholic High School in California were required to re-take their final exam in a Shakespeare’s World senior elective course when administrators learned that a student had obtained a copy of the test and shared it with fellow students.
Other Bits of Interest
- Wellesley High School junior Anna Bortnick won the Thirtieth Annual Boston Shakespeare Competition
- Brigham Young University’s Young Company has adaptated Henry V and will tour schools across the area
We welcome your feedback and comments about any of the stories you’ve read here today. Now’s your chance to sound off on the discovery of Richard III — will you visit the exhibit at the excavation site? Have his bones revitalized your interest in Shakespeare’s plays? Will you take advantage of the new online access to Teaching Shakespeare? What do you think of the newly announced Academy or teaching Macbeth to middle schoolers? Start the conversation!