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Students participate in 11th annual Shakespeare Day

June 30, 2017

 

John Stack IV
Staff Reporter | jes062@latech.edu

 

For the 11th year in a row the College of Liberal Arts held a day of celebration, performance and remembrance for one of the most influential writers in all of history: Shakespeare.

 

The event was held in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23, 1564, where the bawdy Bard’s voice echoed throughout the atrium and hallways of GTM all day long.

 

Nicole DeFee and Scott Levin, assistant professors of literature and language, are the co-faculty advisers for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society, and orchestrated the event. Levin began the event’s description.

 

“We put on a celebration every year around Shakespeare’s birthday, sometime around the 23rd,” Levin said. “It’s a full day of celebration, including a little bit of everything. We have performers from the theater department putting on student stage combat from the plays, then a reading of the sonnets and right now we have the professors from the English Department putting on a puppet show of Antony and Cleopatra.”

 

As he said this, John Petzet, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, and the Tech choir even showed up to sing some Renaissance themed songs. 

 

“It is an opportunity for the students to see Shakespeare in a different context outside of the classroom,” Levin said.  “I think oftentimes they don’t realize just how pervasive he is to western culture, even beyond western culture.”

 

DeFee continued telling of the pervasive influence of Shakespeare throughout society. “This is our 11th annual celebration and every year we do a different theme; this year, Star Trek,” DeFee said. “The festivities originated 11 years ago by Dr. Dorothy Robbins; we succeeded her in the Sigma Tau honor’s program and with the festivities four years ago.”

 

She said they had some foreign language students reading sonnets in various languages by both Spanish and French students.

 

“We’ve had a really good turnout today; despite the rain, we had a good turnout last year, too,”  DeFee said.

 

Susan Roach, director of the School of Literature and Language, said she appreciated all the time and effort given by all who participated throughout the day.

 

“I am grateful that our English and Modern Language faculty work so hard on their presentations and the involvement of our students,” Roach said.

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