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Comics, Shakespeare, Greek Mythology focus of Liberal Arts & Sciences Cafe at SAU

Laurinburg, NC - Are the stories from Shakespeare something boring that only a professor would be interested in, or are they just as cool and exciting as the latest Iron Man movie?

The answer to that question and more will be discussed at the “Comics, Shakespeare and Greek Mythology: Pop Culture through the Ages” Liberal Arts & Science Cafe at St. Andrews University on Oct. 15.

This event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge of Orange Hall.

Presenting will be Drs. Joe Harris, assistant professor of mathematics and Ted Wojtasik, instructor of English and writing.

The presentation will focus on examining the concept of heroism and villainous with an eye to common threads to comic books, Shakespeare and Greek mythology.

“You can simultaneously take (Shakespeare) very seriously and he can be entertaining at the same time” said Harris. “The same could be said for comics.”

Harris himself did not begin reading comics until his 20s, but has found a correlation that will be explored in the presentation - what makes a hero, a hero and a villain, a villain?

It is an exploration that does not require a high level degree. Harris points out that Shakespeare was not a professor in his day, having only finished at a high school level.

“Shakespeare really had more in common with Hollywood, rather than the way he is perceived in today’s world,” Harris said.

Harris selected this topic for a very simple reason.

"It’s fun in a different sort of way from what I normally do,” he said. “It is nice to be connected more to the humanities side for this.”

This is the second in a series of interdisciplinary discussions to be held at St. Andrews University. There will be audience participation and the formal part of the program will last approximately an hour, with the opportunity for discussions afterwards. Appetizers will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about this event, contact Joe Harris at harrisjt@sapc.edu or 910-277-5244.

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