Dr. Laura Bates, an associate professor of English at Indiana State University, will speak Wednesday, October 7 at 6pm in the Emerald & Diamond Rooms to about her experiences teaching Shakespeare in the Indiana state prison system for over 25 years in supermax – the long term solitary confinement unit. She is provided courtesy of a grant the OTPL was awarded from the Novel Conversations Speakers Program.
Join us for a talk about the transformative power of literature. Do you have questions? Bring them. For example, do supermax inmates “deserve” programs like this?
Bates teaches a wide range of courses at ISU, from Children’s Literature to World Literature, Shakespeare, and Crime and Punishment. With a PhD (University of Chicago, 1998) in Comparative Literature, her academic training involved classic world literature alongside contemporary texts and theory. Her dissertation focused on Shakespearean reception, directed by internationally respected scholar David Bevington. Her work has been featured in national media, including MSNBC’s Lock Up. She lives in Indiana. She is the author of “Shakespeare Saved My Life”: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (2013).
This program is inspired by One Book One Community’s 2015 book selection, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman which takes place Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Victory Theatre.