The Tempest in Wisconsin
In the 2016-2017 Great World Texts in Wisconsin program, over 90 teachers and 1500 students throughout the state will read William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Participants will thus join worldwide celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy, which at UW-Madison will include an exhibit of Shakespeare’s original First Folio, arguably the most treasured book to date. The Tempest is the last play and perhaps most enigmatic of Shakespeare's plays. It anticipates contemporary debates around colonialism, imperialism, racism, indigeneity, gender, and disability. First performed in 1611, The Tempest takes place on a remote island where exiled sorcerer Prospero seeks redemption for himself and his daughter Miranda by orchestrating several encounters between human and supernatural, native and foreign, noble and treacherous characters. The play offers a reflection on literary creation itself, with Prospero figured as an “author” within the play. It also features some of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable and complex characters: the spirit Ariel, the Algerian witch Sycorax, and her deformed and enslaved son Caliban—an anagram of “cannibal." As they read the play and explore its hundreds of adaptations (including sci-fi movies, prison dramas, and classic opera, and a novelistic adaptation by Margaret Atwood called Hag-Seed), students and educators will engage with the histories and legacies of transatlantic travel, conquest and slavery in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Featuring a keynote address by Booker Prize-winning novelist Margaret Atwood, the Great World Texts in Wisconsin Annual Student Conference will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017. The conference program will be available as the conference nears. In addition to the keynote address, Atwood will give a public lecture at 7:30pm on the same day. Click here for more information.
Teaching Resources: click here for the 2016-2017 "Teaching The Tempest in Wisconsin" guide and supporting materials.
The Tempest in Wisconsin is an initiative of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, supported by the A. W. Mellon Foundation; the Evjue Foundation; UW-Madison Libraries; the Department of English; the Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters & Science; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; and the Promega Corporation.
2016-2017 Program Participants
This year, over 90 educators at 26 high schools around the state are participating in the Great World Texts in Wisconsin program.
|Bay Port HS||Green Bay||Janelle Bailey|
|Big Foot HS||Walworth||Suzanne Floody|
|Brookfield Central HS||Brookfield||Patrick Perez|
|Chippewa Falls Senior HS||Chippewa Falls||Molly Barnes|
|Clark Street Community School||Middleton||Bryn Orum|
|Clinton HS||Clinton||Kim Bindl|
|Cochrane-Fountain City School||Fountain City||Terri Karsten|
|Community HS||Milwaukee||Jayme Timmons|
|EAGLE School of Madison||Madison||Jenn Sauer|
|Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah HS||Elkhart Lake||Lei Lund|
|Green Bay East HS||Green Bay||Susan Carlson|
|Hartford Union HS||Hartford||Katie Herrmann|
|IDEAS Academy||Sheboygan||Addie Degenhardt|
|James Madison Ac. Campus||Milwaukee||Kelly Patschull|
|Laconia HS||Rosendale||Danielle Olejniczak|
|Lake Mills HS||Lake Mills||Brenda Morris|
|Lodi HS||Lodi||Carrie Kerska|
|Madison Country Day School||Middleton||Evelyn Lasky|
|Madison East HS||Madison||Amy Isensee|
|Milwaukee HS of the Arts||Milwaukee||Krista Claypool|
|New Horizons Charter School||Milwaukee||Renee Glembin|
|Oshkosh North HS||Oshkosh||Jason Cummings|
|Oshkosh West HS||Oshkosh||Brian Phelps|
|Osseo-Fairchild HS||Osseo||Denise Beasley|
|Rock University HS||Janesville||Erin Jensen|
|St. Francis Xavier HS||Appleton||Lynn Zetzman|