"Hawkeye Shakespeare" is a weekend workshop supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library's NEH-funded program "Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates." It is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Department of English, the UI Library, and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. This initiative is intended to connect teachers and researchers across departments, disciplines, and institutions in the state of Iowa. This collaborative event hosted by the University of Iowa (Sept. 23-24) will feature University faculty and librarians, book artists, performance artists, and faculty at several other educational institutions. The event will consist of a keynote pedagogical presentation, a lecture on global Shakespeare studies, and workshop sessions guided by presenters and participants. Faculty and graduate student instructors from all educational institutions in Iowa are encouraged to participate.

Our scholarly and pedagogical focus will be on material texts and local cultures. The goal is to capitalize and build on the distinctive array of resources available on and beyond our campus. We aim to continue – and to celebrate – the rich tradition of teaching Shakespeare in Iowa. The workshop will be the capstone to the extensive educational and outreach programming planned to accompany the Folger Library's First Folio touring exhibition. More information on the University of Iowa's exhibition can be found at shakespeare.lib.uiowa.edu. We then hope to build a collaborative resources focusing on the past, present, and future of Shakespeare in Iowa.


·      To make and maintain connections with teachers across Iowa

·      To discover and discuss the archives and resources available to us

·      To develop and share specific assignments and materials

·      To build and maintain digital resources that make these materials visible and accessible in and beyond Iowa