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February 17-18, 2012

In conjunction with PlayMakers Repertory Company

Co-sponsored by the NC Civic Education Consortium

We continue a long and fruitful collaboration with PlayMakers Repertory Company around the upcoming dual production of Shakespeare’s Henry plays, The Making of a King: Henry IV & Henry V. Come hear distinguished professors discuss different aspects of Shakespeare’s work as we consider whether Prince Hal can ever truly be redeemed, examine if he has to out-do his father in order to live up to the throne, and explore the relationship between war and peace in Shakespeare’s work. Participants can attend Henry IV on Friday evening after our first speaker and dinner, and Henry V on Saturday afternoon after our concluding panel discussion. This combination of lectures and plays extends the conversation beyond the theater experience. Attend just the seminar or link the experience with the plays; whatever you decide, this will truly be an adventure in ideas, taking you from palaces to battlefields, from taverns to the “vasty fields of France.”

Topics and Speakers

Redeeming Time in Henry IV
Mary Floyd-Wilson, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

The Acorn Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree, But the Next Generation Might Be an Improvement
Christopher Armitage, Distinguished Professor of Teaching in English and Comparative Literature

After the Battle: Shakespeare’s Belated Warriors
David J. Baker, Peter G. Phialas Professor of English and Comparative Literature

The Making of a King
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time and Cost

4:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2012. The Making of a King: Henry IV, the first half of the optional play, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seminar resumes from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The Making of a King: Henry V, the second half of the optional play, will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The tuition is $125 ($110 by February 3). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by February 3). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner on Friday evening is $20.00. The optional play ticket is $50.00 for the two-part performance.


Thanks to the generosity of the PlayMakers Repertory Company, complimentary tickets to The Making of a King: Henry IV & Henry V, on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 are available to you on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be a currently-employed, full-time, public or private school K-12 teacher or community college instructor. The complimentary tickets must be ordered through the Humanities Program. PlayMakers Repertory Company is committed to the integration of arts in education, and to offering educators resources to make theater a part of a diverse and creative curriculum. For more information about the plays, please visit PlayMakers website or call 919.962.2491.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.