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!
Enjoy a concert from Crossroads Brass Band featuring music selected with the theme of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, the Wabash Valley Community Read book. Enjoy the free concert and light refreshments.
Celebrate the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in
Solitary with the Bard! Stone Soup Shakespeare will provide a brief
play. Enjoy heavy appetizers, music
and a photo booth! Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made by calling
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
Wabash Valley Community Read, Shakespeare
Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard highlights many major
themes in the play, Macbeth, and demonstrates how Dr. Bates used those themes
to help foster discussion among her incarcerated students. Join us at the Community Theatre
of Terre Haute for the 2015 movie to see how the
movie relates to the book.
Join Tom Sauer at Westminster Village 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.
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.