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Saint Anselm College English Professors Celebrated Shakespeare's Birthday at the first annual celebrationCaptured April 25, 1989, Professors Gary Bouchard and Landis Magnuson at the first celebration

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College Celebrates Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

April 22, 2014

Laura Lemire
College Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Saint Anselm College will celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday on April 23, with a day of sonnet-reading, performing scenes from his plays, and birthday cake. The 26th annual celebration brings together more than 150 faculty, staff, students, community members and returning alumni to recite the bard's most famous works.

In addition to new sonnet readers from the class of 2017, Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., and business office staff member Carol Vachon will recite for their 26th year in a row. Steven Wilbar '78 is driving from the University of Maine to read a sonnet, while the farthest read sonnet is recited by Kathleen Nee Baxter '81 calling from Kodiak, Alaska.

English department professor Gary Bouchard began the tradition on April 25, 1989 with 75 Saint Anselm community members participating. This year the celebration will take place in Cushing Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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