How to Think like Shakespeare
What’s the purpose of education? Who gets access to it? When and where should it take place? How can we measure it? Will it get us a job? And is it even worth it, when it’s both expensive and time-consuming? Underlying the concerns above, all lies a worrisome muddle about what we even mean by “education”.
Scott Newstok, author of How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education, professor of English and founding director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College, has the conviction is that education must be about thinking—not training a set of specific skills.
Co-organized by the Princeton University Press, the Wenzhou-Kean University Library, and Duke Kunshan University Library.
Theme: Recovering the Lost Art of Thinking in Education
Time: 9 am – 11 am, April 28, Beijing Time
Professor of English and founding director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment, Rhodes College.
David S. Hogsette
Executive Director, School of English Studies, Wenzhou-Kean University
Assistant Professor of American Literature and History, Duke Kunshan University
How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education
(Call number: Main Library Circulation Desk (A301) LB1590.3 N49 2020)
How to Think like Shakespeare is a brilliantly fun exploration of the craft of thought—one that demonstrates what we’ve lost in education today, and how we might begin to recover it. In fourteen brief chapters that draw from Shakespeare’s world and works, and from other writers past and present, Scott Newstok distills enduring practices that can make learning more creative and pleasurable.
Challenging a host of today’s questionable notions about education, Newstok shows how mental play emerges through work, creativity through imitation, autonomy through tradition, innovation through constraint, and freedom through discipline. It was these practices, and a conversation with the past—not a fruitless obsession with assessment—that nurtured a mind like Shakespeare’s. And while few of us can hope to approach the genius of the Bard, we can all learn from the exercises that shaped him.
Written in a friendly, conversational tone and brimming with insights, How to Think like Shakespeare enacts the thrill of thinking on every page, reviving timeless—and timely—ways to stretch your mind and hone your words.
Notice: Attendees of this workshop will gain co-curricular credits. If you intend to participate in this workshop, please scan the following QR code before Apr. 28, 2022.
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