February 19 | 5:00 PST | $15
I love the Bard.
I have a Billy Shakes Christmas ornament that always hangs front and center on my tree. My car is named "Benedict." I have a cactus named "Falstaff." I'm even trying to convince my husband to name our new house "Eastcheap." It's a little out of control.
But I haven't actually read nearly as much of Shakespeare as I would like. Every year I tell myself that I will dedicate more time to reading and thinking about his plays and poetry, yet every year it inevitably gets pushed to the side in the face of day to day demands.
I need your help!
This year, with the support of my co-workers at CenterForLit, I am launching the Shakespeare Symposium, a club for Shakespeare lovers (and want-to-be Shakespeare lovers) who would like to sit around and delight in the great English playwright's rich words, intricate characters, and powerful themes - no prior experience or know-how necessary.
The idea of connecting with other people who share a love of his work fills me with joy and excitement, and I think that will be just the kind accountability I need to stick to my Shakespearian resolution - maybe you feel the same?
I truly believe that Shakespeare wrote for every man and woman, and that his plays hold something meaningful for those in any walk of life. Any and all are welcome. This will be a no pressure atmosphere.
The Shakespeare Symposium will meet for an hour and a half monthly, always in the evening so that we can catch each other after the hustle and bustle of the school day. Coming once does not commit you to all meetings. We'll be delighted to have you whenever you can come. There will be a $15 entry fee to every meeting to help support the running and growth of the club.
Each month we will either:
- Work through one of Shakespeare's plays, looking for threads of meaning which will enliven our experience of his work.
- Study a particular aspect of the Bard's legacy, such as his poetics, the authorship question, his life and times, or modern interpretations.
- Invite a guest to share their insights on Shakespeare with us.
Much Ado About Nothing
"There's a double meaning in that!" One of the most instructive lines on how to read Shakespeare from one of my favorite of his comedic characters. The banter between Benedick and Beatrice is #couplegoals and makes this play a delight to return to over and over again. Yet just as the darkest of Shakespeare's tragedies has a twinge of light, the lightest of his comedies has a twinge of dark. Along with all the laughter, Much Ado About Nothing is sure to give us plenty of fodder for serious conversations about good love and human need.
After the gloom of Denmark, let's head to the sparkling shores of Sicily! To join us, grab a copy of Much Ado and make sure you read it by February 19th 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST. You can grab your seat by following the link below. Recordings will be available, but only to those who register ahead of time. The registration deadline is 12pm PST February 19th. I hope to see you there!
After registration you can expect to receive:
1. A GoToWebinar email in your inbox with an access link to the meeting within a day or so of registration.
2. A week or so out from the live meeting, you will receive an email with discussion questions to ponder over.
3. You will be invited to join our private Facebook group if you are not already in. (You stay in whether or not you are able to come to our next meeting!)
4. The day after the live meeting you will receive the recording in your inbox.
5. A bonus lecture on the given topic a week or so after the discussion.
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