On Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, the University of Notre Dame will be hosting the Shakespeare in Prisons Conference. The conference will feature artists and educators who perform and produce Shakespearean dramas in prisons across the world. The purpose of this nearly unprecedented conference is to explore and celebrate the benefits of such Shakespeare programs on the incarcerated.
Those who implement such Shakespeare programs for the incarcerated are often isolated from their peers. Scott Jackson, director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, hopes that this conference will help “[link] global methodologies and practices together in an exploration of the power of the arts… in the rehabilitation of incarcerated populations.” The conference is an international gathering and people from all over the United States and South Africa, Australia, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are scheduled to attend.
Lectures and film screenings will help participants realize how Shakespeare in the prison setting helps an inmate’s mind, body, heart and soul. The conference will also help broaden Notre Dame’s commitment to exploring issues of social justice and seeking solutions to the many questions surrounding it.
Shakespeare at Notre Dame is hosting the conference, along with its co-sponsors: Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
For more information, contact Scott Jackson.