Shandell presents paper on teaching theater history at ASTR national conference

By Purnell T. Cropper | January 12, 2015

Jonathan Shandell, Associate Professor of Theater Arts, recently presented his essay “Back to the Present: Contemporary Ephemera in the Theater History Classroom” at the annual conference of the American Society for Theater Research (ASTR). Shandell’s presentation was part of the working group session “Pedagogical Objects: Materials, Media, and Messages in the Theatre History Classroom,” which brought together a select panel of teachers of theater history from colleges and universities across the country to share experiences and strategies for teaching theater history amid recent trends in digitization of archival resources, online and blended instruction, and the emergence of what has come to be called “the digital humanities.” Founded in 1956, The American Society for Theatre Research is a nationwide professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.