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Novel Conversations Speakers Program: Laura Bates at Resource Treatment Center

December 17, 2020
8:15 AM – 8:50 aM

Resource Treatment Center
1404 S. State Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

This event is virtual.

laura bates will Speak at 8:15 AM on Thursday, December 17 at resource treatment center

Laura Bates will participate in a virtual reading and talk with students and staff at the Resource Treatment Center in Indianapolis.

Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare and world literature.

For more than twenty-five years she has also taught throughout the Indiana state prison system. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her prison work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up.

Her first book chronicled these prison experiences: Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (Sourcebooks, 2013). The book received positive reviews as well as national and international recognition, from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly to National Geographic and Huffington Post.