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"For year after year she encouraged him to read, to think for himself, and to admire wisdom, truth, and beauty.". 

(from Death Be Not Proud)

Perhaps you are ready to take something on? 

Shakespeare wrote 37 plays: 17 comedies. 10 tragedies. 10 histories.

Can you describe what happens in Twelfth Night? in Two Gentlemen of Verona? The Tempest?

Might you be willing to go on a year long or multi-year Shakespeare reading journey?

Would you commit to reading one play per month for twelve months?  Can you sustain this effort?

What does it take to learn what goes on inside of Twelfth Night? or Much Ado About Nothing? or Comedy of Errors?

Answer: About 4 hours per play.

You can get a paper copy of the play. Feel the greatest between your fingers.

You can get a DVD of the play -- and read while you watch. You can listen to it in your car.

I just want you to know what takes place in the play. Explain it to somebody else.

Each of the four tabs above provide a monthly reading schedule. 

I would love you to join our reading program. You can do this. It would be worth it.

We start by reading Twelve Shakespeare Comedies according to the given monthly schedule.

Are you interested? Questions? Let me know.

Email: James_Canning@uml.edu

Bring the humanities into your life. Now is the time.

There is a bit more than just reading in isolation. I want you to explain the play to me or my designee or to any group of people I assemble. 

You lead the discussion. Stand and Deliver. You can do this. It would be worth it.

Are you game? C'mon, Take the plunge.

By the time you graduate with your bachelor's degree you could have read all 37 plays. Very cool.

Remember:  .... there need seldom be much need to worry about interest, for interest is the fruit quite as much as it is the stimulus of study.

DID YOU GET THIS FAR?

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: THE FIRST THREE CORRECT RESPONDERS TO THIS TRIVIA QUESTION WILL RECEIVE AN HONORS COLLEGE COFFEE MUG. JUST EMAIL JAMES_CANNING@UML.EDU WITH YOUR CORRECT RESPONSE.

WHEN DO THE POETS RUN OUT OF RHYME? WHEN DO THE BLUEBELLS FORGET TO BLOOM? WHEN DOES THE CLOVER LOSE ITS PERFUME? A FRIEND OF BILL RUSSELL, AN OLYMPIC CALIBER HIGH-JUMPER TURNED SINGER, HAS TOLD THIS TO GENERATIONS OF LISTENERS. 

 

 

 

Who has Joined the Shakespeare Reading Program So Far?

  1. Joylyn Norris - Chemical Engineering major
  2. Joshua Sutton - Electrical Engineering major
  3. Mariam Siddiqi - Biomedical Engineering major
  4. Jennifer Schultz - Biomedical Engineering major

Note: Each of the above four students received a $1,000 Shakespeare Rocks! Honors College Reading Fellowship. Getting paid to read the master. How excellent is that?