Why study theatre?

I’d like to draw your attention to two recent articles by Frank Bruni about his college experience studying Shakespeare. I’m sharing this with you all in order to prompt us to think about how our subject of inquiry this semester might resonate with us in unexpected times and place. Check them out here and here.

Bruni also wonderfully, I think, elucidates what part of college’s purpose is and can be. Surely, professionalization is important and getting a well paying career is a large part of what we are doing, but only focusing on this goal makes it all too easy to close ourselves off to the possibility of college as “a¬†steppingstone to a more aware, thoughtful existence” as Bruni writes.

Food for thought.

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