Forester Lecture to discuss how ‘Shakespeare Saved My Life’

 Laura Bates FLS

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Open your eyes to what Shakespeare can teach you at the next Forester Lecture on how “Shakespeare Saved My Life” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University.

Dr. Laura Bates, a professor of English at Indiana State University, will discuss her new book “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” and the ways in which the examination of Shakespeare’s criminal tragedies led to the rehabilitation of prisoners in solitary confinement. She will talk about her prison outreach and how she was able to educate some of the toughest inmates at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility's Solitary Housing Unit about Shakespeare.

The Forester Lecture Series is designed to bring interesting persons and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The Forester Lecture Series at Huntington University is coordinated by Dr. David Alexander, associate professor of philosophy. For more information, contact Alexander at 260-359-4305.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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