On September 13, 2023, Humanities Texas held a webinar for English language arts (ELA) teachers on strategies for teaching William Shakespeare’s works and the rich tradition of repurposing his plays to reflect the histories and lived realities of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.
Held in partnership with the Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva, this webinar drew on volume 1 of their open-access anthology The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera and featured a wide range of plays that reimagined Romeo and Juliet from Borderlands perspectives. Faculty introduced the first volume and discussed how teachers may use it in their classrooms, providing strategies for teaching Shakespeare’s works and the rich tradition of repurposing his plays to reflect the histories and lived realities of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Strategies and content aligned with the secondary-level English language arts TEKS.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinar emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of texts, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.
The program faculty included the co-founders of the Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva: Katherine Gillen and Adrianna M. Santos of Texas A&M University – San Antonio and Kathryn Vomero Santos of Trinity University.
The webinar took place over Zoom on September 13. The schedule is available here.
The webinar was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.