Booking and detailsDates & Tickets
Dates Tues, July 25 - Fri, July 28, 2023
Venue Folger Virtual
Tickets $550 for non-teacher members / $500 for Teacher Members / $475 Group Rate
Duration 10 am – 2:30 pm ET daily
Whenever we teach Shakespeare (or just about any text), we are teaching about race, whether we realize it or not. Join nationally known Shakespeare and race scholars and Folger Mentor Teachers for this four-day deep dive and exploration into how teaching Shakespeare IS teaching race.
What you will learn:
Through a mix of scholarship, practical hands-on classroom practice, and conversation with one another, you will:
- Deepen your own knowledge and understanding of issues of Shakespeare and race
- Come away with tools and resources to support courageous conversations about race, representation, and power in Shakespeare and any text
- Learn practical strategies, tools, and techniques for getting every student seeing, interrogating, and responding to the language of race in Shakespeare and any text
- Explore how and why to use literature and students’ own voices to understand, expand, and create a more just world
- Find a safe space to have honest conversations about race with other teachers
Graduate Credit: 2
Two (2) graduate credits available through Trinity Washington University for $250.
$475 per teacher for groups of three or more teachers from the same school or school district who enroll in the same course. To register a group, please follow the steps below. If a Teacher Member is part of a group, the Teacher Member rate will apply to that teacher’s registration. Become a Teacher Member.
To register a group you need to:
- Call the Folger ticketing office at 202-544-7077 with all of the information below
- Full name of EACH teacher, EACH teacher’s email address, school name and/or school district, EACH teacher’s email address, EACH teacher’s phone number
- Let the ticketing office know which (if any) members of the group are current Teacher Members (and the email they are registered under) so they can confirm Teacher Member rate
- Register and pay for ALL teachers in the group in one transaction
We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships. To apply, all you need to do is write an email with the subject line SCHOLARSHIP SUMMER 2023 and tell us in one paragraph the name of the course for which you are applying, why you want to take the course, and why you are requesting a scholarship. Send the email to Katie Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for scholarship requests: June 19, 2023. Notification of scholarship awards: June 21, 2023.
Faculty (full faculty list coming soon)
Dr. Deborah Gascon
Dr. Deborah Gascon
Dr. Deborah Gascon is a National Board Certified teacher who teaches English and Journalism in Columbia, SC. She also taught English in Romania on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Deborah is a 2012 Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum and a Folger Summer Academy mentor teacher. Her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is from The University of South Carolina; her dissertation is about the teaching of Shakespeare to increase student comprehension, empathy, and awareness of gender and race issues. When she isn’t teaching, she loves to attend her weekly tap dance class, play tennis, travel to new places, and dig in the dirt. Deborah is also a contributor to the upcoming The Folger Guides to Teaching Shakespeare (expected 2024).
Noelle Cammon teaches English at Heritage High School in Menifee, CA. During her career, she has taught English in both middle and high school and to students from across a broad range of ability levels and cultures. She was a participant in the 2018 Teaching Shakespeare Institute program and soon after became heavily involved in the work of Folger Education. Ms. Cammon is a contributor to the upcoming The Folger Guides to Teaching Shakespeare (expected 2024).
Of Haitian American descent, Donna Denizé holds a B.A. from Stonehill College and an M.A in Renaissance drama from Howard University, where she was also a student of poet Robert Hayden, while he served as Consultant to the Library of Congress. She has contributed to scholarly books and journals, and she is the author of a chapbook, The Lover’s Voice (1997) and a book, Broken Like Job (2005). She currently Chairs the English Department at St. Albans School for boys, where she teaches Freshman English; a junior/senior elective in Shakespeare, and Crossroads in American Identity, a course she designed years ago and which affords her the opportunity to do what she most enjoys—exploring not only the cultural and inter-textual crossroads of literary works but also their points of human unity.
Dr. Peggy O'Brien
Dr. Peggy O'Brien
Director of Education
Dr. O’Brien was named the Folger’s director of education in May 2013. A former Folger educator, she established the Library’s education philosophy and the bulk of its programs in the 1980s and led the department until 1994, when she left to become director of education programs for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Concurrent with that appointment and in collaboration with Cambridge University Press and Georgetown University, she launched and published Shakespeare Magazine, a print and online magazine for teachers of Shakespeare.