English dept. wishes Shakespeare a happy 444th birthday

Shakespeare’s birthday, which is believed to be April 23, will be celebrated in a unique way by students, faculty and staff on Wednesday.

Ralph Pease, Ph.D., the coordinator of the event and a professor in the English department, decided to reincarnate this event after more than a decade without it.

The celebration of Shakespeare’s 444th birthday will be held in the Evan’s complex in room 105. The event, titled, “Shakespeare (more or less) Unplugged,” will feature Jan Cole, a former music instructor at SHSU, along with several accompanists.

Cole is described by Pease as musically “multi-talented” and an expert on Renaissance music.

“When I contacted [Cole] about this, she began organizing, developing and suggesting ideas,” Pease said.

Several of the songs that will be preformed by Cole are original in composition with lyrics inspired by Shakespeare himself.

The celebration will be held during Pease’s Studies in Literature of Renaissance graduate class.

“Since my graduate class happened to fall on the 23rd, I had no excuse to not [hold the event] this year,” Pease said.

Some students will receive extra credit for attending the event, but everyone is welcome and admission is free.

“I’m going because it will help expand my study of Shakespeare this semester and a couple of my professors have offered extra credit for my attendance,” senior English major Bryan Honeycutt said.

A reception with food will be held before the performances and a birthday cake and coffee will be served at the conclusion.

Pease coordinates the Foreign Film Festival and focuses his teaching on Shakespearean drama, literature and film, and Mark Twain.

For more information, contact Pease at 294-1436.

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