The 2016 Artist Exhibition will be a reflection of ISU professor Dr. Laura Bates's work as she teaches Shakespeare to maximum-security prisoners. In her book, Shakespeare Saved My Life, Bates explains that by engaging with inmates using Shakespeare, she's "introducing critical thinking to people who have never had that opportunity." In what other interesting ways can we connect with Shakespeare? We hope the theme of 'An Unconventional Shakespeare' will encourage artists of all mediums to enter and create. There is no fee to include artwork in the exhibition; and prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show, chosen by a special judge, and People's Choice, as voted by library patrons. Please visit the library exhibition during the month of March and join us for some coffee and conversation at the reception on Wednesday, March 30th from 6:00pm-7:00pm as we enjoy a taste of the artistry in our community and present awards. To enter, contact Community Connections at 812-232-1116.
Join Indiana State University First Lady, Cheri Bradley, at the Condit House on Indiana State University's campus as
she leads a book discussion about the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in
Solitary with the Bard, written by ISU professor, Dr. Laura Bates.
Dr. Laura Bates,
author of the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard,
will share her experiences of teaching Shakespeare in correctional facilities,
and she will discuss her experiences writing her book. Free parking is available on campus after 5
p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Laura Bates, author of the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in
Solitary with the Bard, will share her experiences of teaching Shakespeare
at an all-male correctional facility.
She will share information about challenges she faced while making
Join Tom Sauer as he discusses a prisoner's interpretations of Shakespeare in Shakespeare Saved My Life (2013.) Selected for the 2016 "Wabash Valley Community Read," the book tells the compelling story of ISU Professor Laura Bates' creative and courageous volunteer service with incarcerated prisoners, especially in the Secured Housing Unit [solitary confinement] at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Professor Bates worked with prisoners to read, discuss, and perform excerpts from Shakespeare's plays. In particular, her book focuses on one prisoner whose responses to reading and reflecting upon Shakespeare's plays, in the prisoner's words, literally saved his life. These responses and reflections can expand and deepen our own appreciation of Shakespeare. Tom is Dean Emeritus of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State. For nearly two decades, he also taught ISU's Shakespeare course for English majors and has offered multiple courses and presentations on Shakespeare for OLLI and the Dewey Institute.
Shakespeare's plays and poems abound with flowers and gardens.
Join VCPRD Naturalist, Amber Slaughterbeck, as we visit the beauty of planting
your own Shakespeare garden. Discussion includes garden design, plant uses, and
wildlife benefits. Advanced Master Gardener, Marilyn Miller, will elaborate on
plant selections and showcase flowers from the Apple House. Participate in our
Rose Raffle for a chance to win!
You are invited to the Amberson mansion for the celebration of the year. To recreate the opulence of the Amberson's home the event will be held at the newly restored Indiana Theatre. Come and meet this remarkable family, see an original play and dance the night away.Reservations and a $5.00 fee are required; call 812-232-1116 to secure your spot today.