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The Center presents

A Discussion with Author Laura Bates

at the Studio Theater

Monday, April 10, 7PM

Join us for a presentation and conversation with Laura Bates, author of  "Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard."
About the Presentation
Laura Bates’ book, "Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard," is a shining example of how the arts can engage, inspire, and transform. It demonstrates the incredible transformative power of the arts, even on those who society has deemed unable to rehabilitate. Laura will share her experiences working in the prison system and how Shakespeare transformed the individuals she taught. After the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase (cash or check only). After the presentation, Dr. Bates will be present for a book signing.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve your free seat, please call the Box Office at 317.843.3800.


About the Book

While he was trying to break out of prison, she was trying to break in.

Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before—supermax solitary confinement.

In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.
(From the publisher.)


The Indiana Humanities Novel Conversations Speakers Program is made possible by a grant from the Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.


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