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Why does Shakespeare belong behind bars? 

Manchester University program with Stacy Erickson-Pesetski is March 28

Stacy Erickson PesetskiStacy Erickson-Pesetski, Ph.D., an associate professor at Manchester University, also reads and performs Shakespeare with maximum security prison inmates.

She will discuss her work with offenders and trips with MU students to several prisons – as well as the importance of arts and education programs in criminal justice reform – in a program at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Jo Young Switzer Center on the North Manchester campus.

It is free and open to the public.

Erickson-Pesetski is also MU associate dean for  academic resources and coordinates the Fulbright program at Manchester. She teaches writing and literature.

“He’s a Smooth Talker Like Me: Reading Shakespeare in Prisons” is presented as part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts series at Manchester, designed to offer credit to undergraduate students who, through the process, gain cultural exposure, artistic experiences and intellectual enrichment. It is common to explore important, complex, and sometimes uncomfortable, topics.

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March 2017