I waffle about posting stuff about the Folger on this blog. I honestly do. It's this weird thing for me like church : state :: work : pleasure. But I guess I'm pretty bad at drawing that line because this blog sometimes feels like work, and I actually love my job. I know. Le crazy.
This Tuesday, March 6th, at the Folger we're doing our first ever Electronic Field Trip. When I typed this we had over 300,000 students registered from all over the country, and more trickling in. In this hour-long program, student hosts (and our Folger Insider Host, Casey Kaleba), will Experience Shakespeare by taking students on a trip through the Folger's vaults with Director Witmore, backstage with actors Marcus Kyd and Lise Bruneau, and learn alongside students at Baltimore City College High School to see how Shakespeare's language lives and breathes today.
All day, we'll be taking live questions on Google Moderator, and some will even be answered on-air by our guests. At the end of the program, students from all over the country will be featured in a 'Shakespeare Mash Up' compiled from videos they sent in of themselves speaking Shakespeare.
I'm sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities we've had and the things we're able to do at the Folger. I'm so lucky to work here and be a part of it. Nope, I won't be on camera, but when you see the Google Moderator on-screen, wave! That's me scrolling the questions! (Or, wave to the bust of Shakespeare, which I lugged over from our Shop).
If you want to view it (and why wouldn't you?), you can register even now at www.folger.edu/fieldtrip, and either watch it live or receive information about the archived recording. It's going to be a great party. See the preview below, if you don't believe me!