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Novel Conversation Lecture with Dr. Laura Bates

Indiana Authors Award honoree to discuss her book Shakespeare Saved My Life

Dr. Laura Bates will speak at Wabash College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. The conversation with the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award honoree is part of the Novel Conversations Speakers Program, sponsored by Indiana Humanities with support from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Bates developed and delivered the world’s first Shakespeare program in a supermax prison, and she chronicled her experiences in her book Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard.

She’ll discuss her work on Wednesday evening with a lecture entitled “Shakespeare in Shackles: Transformation and Rehabilitation,” reflecting on the potentials for literature to impact across diverse—and even unlikely—circumstances.  

This visit was arranged through a partnership of several departments and faculty at Wabash College, including the Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse initiative, the History Department, and the English Department.  In addition to her public lecture, Dr. Bates will meet with several classes and also offer a writing and community engagement workshop.

“Dr. Bates is an incredible example of an engaged, public scholar,” said Sara Drury, Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric.  “We are thrilled to bring her for a public lecture, and thankful for the support of Indiana Humanities for making this possible.”

Title: Shakespeare in Shackles: Transformation and Rehabilitation
When: Wednesday, March 1, 8 p.m.
Where: Baxter Hall, Room 101
Cost: Free and open to the public
Reception in Rogge Lounge following lecture.

To learn more about the upcoming conversation with Dr. Laura Bates, visit

About Novel Conversations Speakers Program
Indiana Humanities awarded nonprofit organizations the opportunity to host a speaker from the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. The Indiana Authors Award recognizes the contributions of Hoosier authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. Funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, its goal is to elevate the written arts in Indiana, inspiring Hoosiers’ love of reading and drawing greater attention to “home-grown” literary achievement.

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds, and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read, and talk. One of those programs is Novel Conversations, a free lending library with sets of books available to book clubs, public libraries and organizations seeking to pursue and discuss new knowledge. Learn more at

Contact information:
Sara Drury, Director, Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse