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Loyola sponsors, professor directs Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

Loyola press release - April 22, 2007

New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans Professor Andrew Macdonald will be the institute director and major scholar for this summer’s university-sponsored Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) Summer Institute, "Shakespeare on Film."

Each summer since 1985, the LEH has provided Louisiana’s full-time elementary, middle, and high school teachers, administrators, and librarians in the public, private, and parochial schools of Louisiana, an opportunity to participate in free seminars that challenge teachers to discuss and think critically and intensively about traditional and developing disciplines in the humanities. Participants need not be specialists in the teaching of literature or film.

“Shakespeare on Film” will help teachers adjust to the changing status of filmed literature from primitive shadows of original texts to works deserving of critical attention for their own sake. The interaction between film and text enhances understanding of each. This Institute will help teachers understand and use filmed literature in the classroom, exploring the complexities of creating an appreciation for Shakespeare on film and evaluating different productions. The literature covered will be four films and their source texts, Hamlet, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Othello, as well as film clips from a number of other Shakespearean films. Participants will develop a portfolio of classroom materials appropriate for dealing with Shakespeare in the classroom.

Each participant will receive a $500 stipend (minus the cost of textbooks) upon completion of the institute. Institute participants can earn three hours of graduate credit in English at Loyola University and Loyola will provide full tuition waivers for participants enrolled for graduate credit.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Andrew Horton, director and Jeanne H. Hoffman professor of film and video studies at The University of Oklahoma in Norman and an award-winning screenwriter; Dr. Gina Macdonald, associate professor at Nicholls State University and a Renaissance specialist; and Dr. John Mosier, professor of English at Loyola University, where he regularly teaches works by Jane Austen.

Andrew Macdonald served as script reviewer for Francis Ford Coppola's film journal Creative Screenwriting for several years, specializing in screenplays of modern adaptations of literary works. His Cambridge University Press book, Jane Austen on Screen (2004), examines the debates between literary purists and film specialists about the effectiveness of cinematic adaptations in communicating the themes, values, and humanistic concerns of an author. His interest in international cinema led him to visit the Soviet Union and Russia to share perspectives on literature and film. He is widely published in both film and Shakespeare, with articles in the Greenwood Press Companion to Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide for Students (2005).

Classes will meet at Loyola University New Orleans and free parking will be available in the Loyola parking garage The Institute will run from June 18 through July 12, 2007, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, with screenings of all films available in the afternoons and evening in the Loyola Library Media Center for individual or group screenings..

Applicants are required to submit an information form and letter to the director explaining the applicant’s interest in the Institute, how it would enhance the applicant’s work, and what the applicant might contribute, by May 4, 2007. Enrollment is limited to 20 applicants. All those selected will be notified by May 9. A required pre-institute planning session will be held on Saturday morning, May 19.

For further information, please contact Andrew Macdonald at (504) 865-2478 or mdonald@loyno.edu

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.