Guest Blogger: Clayton Stromberger Brings Shakespeare to Free Minds

As coordinator of the UT Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach program, my job is to bring the “Shakespeare at Winedale approach” — active, playful ensemble performance based on a close analysis of the text — to upper-elementary classrooms around Central Texas. Our primary focus is on students in low-income or disadvantaged communities, and our aim is … Continue reading

Hey Free Minds alumni!

I hope June is off to a good start for all of you. Vive and I having been planning new alumni programming for the summer, and the first master class is coming up in just a few weeks. Here’s the info: On Tuesday, June 14 from 7 – 8:30 pm, Amira Pollock will give a … Continue reading

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Visits Free Minds!

“I believe in the power of stories,” said author Lawrence Wright, sitting around a table with Free Minds students on March 28th. “People like me go out and collect stories, try to understand them, and frame them so others can understand.” This was his explanation for what drove him to write his Pulitzer Prize-winning history … Continue reading

A Preview of the Spring Semester

After a month-long break, Free Minds students and faculty jumped into the new semester with a dynamic interdisciplinary class on Maxine Hong Kingston’s short story, “No Name Woman.” Each professor interpreted the story from his or her particular field of study, encouraging students to think like historians, literary scholars, rhetoricians, and creative writers. After that, … Continue reading