Teaching Shakespeare 2016

Read all about the Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2016 below. To learn more about teacher professional development at the Folger this summer, check out the Summer Academy 2017!

Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

When: June 26 - July 23, 2016

The Plays: OthelloThe Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice

Institute Director: Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Associate Director: Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on National Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Head Scholar: Dr. Ellen MacKay, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University

NEH Stipend Awarded to Each Participant: $3,300

Housing: Trinity Washington University

 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

During the year in which we celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, 25 middle and high school teachers worked with scholars, theater professionals, mentor teachers, one another, and the Folger collection on an intense, deep dive into America’s Shakespeare. They explored Othello, The Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice, with an emphasis on what these plays have meant in American history, what they meant at their moment of production, and what they mean to us now.

Participants took full advantage of resources found only at the Folger—the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and the ultimate resource for teaching and learning Shakespeare—in order to connect a new generation of students with Shakespeare’s language. As Teaching Shakespeare 2016 participants and therefore Library summer fellows, they had access to the Reading Rooms, the Theatre, the collection, and the expertise of many Folger staff members as well as the Teaching Shakespeare 2016 faculty. They did research, explored print and digital tools for understanding Shakespeare and practiced classroom techniques that get students right inside the plays.

Institute days are typically packed with lectures, small group seminars, informal work sessions, sessions with actors and teachers, independent research, and often a lunchtime colloquium. Visiting faculty are also part of the institute scene, as one or two sessions per week on specific topics are led by visiting scholars.

 

Feedback from past institute participants

  • “My opportunity to be at TSI is nothing short of life-changing. That change is going to manifest into my personal and professional life for years to come, thus impacting hundreds of students in the process.”
  • “I discovered that there are so many more ways to teach Shakespeare.”
  • “I learned more than [in] 4 years of college.”
  • “The revolution in teaching that we so need has its best chance of starting in what [we have learned here].”
  • “This has been an experience beyond anything I could have ever expected. It was both challenging and rewarding in so many ways.”

For a closer look at the Teaching Shakespeare 2014 and three decades of Teaching Shakespeare, check out this issue of Folger Magazine.


Contact Us

Questions? Contact Teaching Shakespeare 2016 Director Dr. Peggy O’Brien at pobrien@folger.edu or (202) 675-0372.

 

 

 

 

Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

When: June 26 - July 23, 2016

The Plays: OthelloThe Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice

Institute Director: Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Associate Director: Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on National Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Head Scholar: Dr. Ellen MacKay, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University

NEH Stipend Awarded to Each Participant: $3,300

Housing: Trinity Washington University

 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.