Holly Harrison and Stephanie Oelrich wait at intermission for the wondrous production of Shakespeareâ€™s The Winterâ€™s Tale at the Peopleâ€™s Light Theater.
Shakespeareâ€™s The Winterâ€™s Tale is a rich text for Dr. Lemayâ€™s interests in theology and aesthetics. Â Dr. Lemay writes, â€śI am currently writing an article on the phenomenological use of gifts in this play, and I also teach an entire seminar on Shakespeareâ€™s The Winterâ€™s Tale. Holly is my teaching assistant, and we have been discussing different teaching philosophies as well as diverse pedagogical techniques to use in the classroom. I have really enjoyed my conversations with Holly in our weekly meetings and appreciated her real talent for leading class discussion.â€ť Â
After seeing the performance and working closely with Dr. Lemay, Holly writes: It was a hugely rewarding (not to mention entertaining!) experience to go to the Peopleâ€™s Light performance with our Winterâ€™s Tale seminar. I have been completely immersed in this play since August, when I started working with Dr. Blue to do research for the senior seminar. Through this process, I have not only gotten to pursue my interest in teaching by seeing what it takes to put together a course, but I have also begun discovering what it is to engage with a work in a scholarly way. It is a fascinating, new experience to take in so much scholarship on a single play and then to attempt to join that conversation as I begin to write my thesis on the same! Although it is certainly intimidating, Dr. Blueâ€™s insistence that scholarship should be a process of wonder has helped to form my understanding of what it means to be a student, a scholar, and a teacher.