“What is the purpose of education: to teach ourselves to accept the world as it is or to risk the broken-heartedness necessary to the creation of an alternative future?” Shakespeare’s Guide to Critical Hope and Empathy

Welcome to The Wyrd House, a gathering place for reflections, resources and conversation about literature and learning in higher education.


We are three National Teaching Fellows and Early Modern Literature scholars who are interested in exploring the transformative value of critical hope and empathy in our classrooms and in the world.


We hope that you will find something interesting and useful here and that you will join the conversation.


We could all use a little wyrd sometimes.


Here's a sample of one of our webinars!

You can find a selection of our collaborative workshops, talks, webinars, resources for teachers and students, tipsheets, downloadables, and publications in our two sections:

- Early Modern Literature Section

- Teaching & Learning Section


What's New in the Wyrd House:

Armed with an intrepid team of legal researchers (her Elizabethan Shakespeare class), Dr. Riddell enlisted the help of faculty, alumni, and students to put Shakespeare on trial for fraud: did the Bard really write his plays? 


Shakespeare Is On

Trial For Fraud

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