Humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson will deliver a free public lecture on "The History of Shakespeare in North Dakota" on Saturday, July 16 at 3 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. This event is in conjunction with the "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" exhibit on view in the ND Heritage Center’s James E. Sperry Gallery July 6-31.
For his presentation, Jenkinson will touch on what was happening in what became North Dakota during the lifetime of the Bard (1564-1616), and the impact Shakespeare had on early settlers and travelers through this territory. The audience will learn how Shakespeare's works continue to influence the lives of people in North Dakota.
Clay Jenkinson grew up in Dickinson, North Dakota, and attended the University of Minnesota, Oxford University, and the University of Colorado. All of his degrees are in Renaissance English literature. He has won numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal, and has been named Humanities Scholar of the Year in Kansas, Nevada, and North Dakota. Jenkinson is a distinguished scholar of the humanities at Bismarck State College and the founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.
Jenkinson will also speak at the "Shaking Up Shakespeare" teacher workshop held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 16. CEU credit is available. Learn more and register at history.nd.gov/shakespeare.
These programs are part of the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s "Shaking Up Shakespeare" festival in July, presented in collaboration with Capitol Shakespeare and funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council. For more information visit history.nd.gov/shakespeare or contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792. Find a calendar of upcoming State Historical Society events at history.nd.gov/events.
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