The 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute is designed to help high school teachers integrate adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays into their curricula, with an emphasis on Hamlet and Othello. Participants will study a variety of adaptations, including films, video games, graphic novels, stage performances, music, and young adult novels. We will emphasize diversity through pedagogical approaches that help students connect key Shakespearean themes (such as race, gender, and power) with their own lived experiences.
The summer institute is co-directed by Deborah Uman and Jennifer Flaherty, and features, on its faculty, Alexa Alice Joubin, Scott O’Neil, Mark Miazga, Ariane Balizet, Vanessa Corredera, Douglas Lanier, and Jesus Montano.
In addition to pedagogy workshops and discussions facilitated by experts on Shakespearean adaptation, participants will also enjoy a workshop with professional actors and a play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
This Institute is funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.