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By Michael LoMonico 

Folger Education was once again a major player at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in November. Since the conference was held just outside Washington, DC, the Folger Shakespeare Library was able to have our largest presence there in years.

Here’s some of what we heard:

  • The lucky group of teachers who attended a Thursday afternoon session at the Folger were gushing over what they saw: a close look at some of the rarest books in the Folger collection including a First Folio, copies of both the first and second Quarto editions of Romeo and Juliet, and a copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. They also told us that they were thrilled to speak some Shakespeare lines on the stage of the Folger Theater.
  • Many of the 70 teachers who came to the Friday evening performance of Julius Caesar at the Folger said that it was the highlight of the conference. One said he was “really blown away” by the play and loved recognizing the pop culture lines like “the fault is in our stars,” though what Shakespeare wrote was “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Those attending were also treated to an enlightening chat with the cast after the play.

Julius Caesar cast (more…)

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