“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 Hope, Life, and Learning
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.
"What is the most wonderful thing about teaching this play in our classrooms?" Using this question as a starting point, Shakespeare’s Guide to Hope, Life, and Learning presents a conversation between four of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and our modern experience, and between teachers and learners.
The book analyzes King Lear, As You Like It, Henry V, and Hamlet, revealing how they help us to appreciate and responsibly interrogate the perspectives of others.
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
What's New in the Wyrd House:
Shakespeare’s Guide to Hope, Life, and Learning
The book is informed by ideas of social justice and transformation, articulated by such thinkers as Paulo Freire, Parker J. Palmer, Ira Shor, John D. Caputo, and bell hooks. Shakespeare’s Guide to Hope, Life, and Learning advocates for a critical hope that arises from classroom experiences and moves into the world at large.