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Why Shakespeare?

2013 July 17
by Hal Jacobs

Why is Shakespeare still so relevant in the world today? What is it about his writing that transcends time and cultures? Emory students who have participated in Shakespeare classes, taught under the aegis of Emory’s World Shakespeare Project, share their thoughts on combining technology and cross-cultural dialogue to see the Bard of Avon in a whole new light. Students include Madeline Teissler 13C, Patrick Agrippina 13C, Riakeem Kelley 12C, Emma Calabrese 13C, Dongze Li 16C, and Emily Kleypas 13C.

The World Shakespeare Project (WSP) represents a new, interactive teaching and research model for twenty-first century higher education. The WSP is international, interdisciplinary, and socio-culturally varied in its approach. Combining the practical and pedagogical resources of its co-directors, Profs. Sheila Cavanagh and Kevin Quarmby, the WSP addresses the shifting nature of higher education through innovative technological experimentation. The WSP links electronically with Shakespearean faculty and students across the globe to create and sustain dialogues and educational opportunities in concert with student populations often excluded from such endeavors because of economic, cultural, or geographic limitation.

World Shakespeare Project Homepage

See Quadrangle article (Fall 2012)

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