In Honor of Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary

December 3, 2016 - 12:49pm -- Jennifer Arin

Ah, Shakespeare! The Immortal Bard is, alas, the bane of so many students, at least in the English-speaking world. Who among us hasn’t endured month-long lessons on Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Shakespeare’s other great and not-so-great plays?

 And yet, as a fan myself – who uses language to better effect? – I wasn’t ready to give up on him in my own teaching. Predictably, my students groaned when his name appeared in the syllabus.

“Don’t worry,” I assured them, “we’re reading just a few of his sonnets.”

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Olivia Albiero

Since 2016, I have been an Assistant Professor of Italian and German at San Francisco State University, where I teach a wide range of language, literature, and culture courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. I am also the Program Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor of the Italian Program. I strongly believe in the value of the humanities and the possibilities that foreign languages and cultures offer in leading to creative and critical encounters among individuals and groups.


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