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Posted Apr 5, 2011

APT Broadcasts "Discover Shakespeare" Live Electronic Field Trip

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Birmingham, AL – Who was William Shakespeare and why has his influence spanned four centuries? Alabama students will receive a free, once-in-a-lifetime lesson on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 as Alabama Public Television presents “Discover Shakespeare,” an electronic field trip broadcast live from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gail Kern Paster, Shakespearean scholar and director of the Folger Library, will discuss everything Shakespeare and answer student questions phoned in during the 30-minute broadcast, which is scheduled to air at noon on that date. This program will be broadcast only on Alabama Public Television’s main channel and will not be streamed live over the Internet. As a complement to the program, APT provides educators grade-appropriate educational materials online for the target group of sixth to twelfth graders as well as special online content resources for third graders. The material includes a wealth of information, lesson plans and teaching strategies from PBS, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Fairfax County (Virginia) public schools. Although the program is free, educators are required to register for the field trip at www.aptplus.org. Click on “Discover Shakespeare” on the APTPLUS™ homepage to register. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television holds the distinction of being the nation’s first statewide educational television network, serving as a model for other statewide public broadcasting networks in the U.S. and abroad. Affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System, APT retains its educational mission – serving as a seven-day-a-week educational resource for every Alabamian – children and adults alike – through online services, digital television programming on three statewide channels, Emmy Award winning documentary production and outreach activities. Contact:Kathie Martin AVP of Marketing Phone: (205) 380-5168 E-Mail: kmartin@aptv.org

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William Shakespeare will be discussed by Dr. Gail Kern Paster, Shakespearean scholar and director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

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