Makers Space at UMD

UMD library chandelier
October 11, 2016

UMD is catapulting future engineers to the next level with a Shakespeare-inspired event.

The Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda at the University of Minnesota Duluth is being transformed into an interactive hands-on “Maker’s Space” this weekend – October 15 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. The library is at 416 University Drive on UMD’s campus.

Inspired by First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, participants will explore the intersection of science, engineering, and art.  

“We’re learning about engineering by making paper and learning about technology as it existed during the Elizabethan Era, when Shakespeare wrote his famous works,” says Elizabeth Hill, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering. 

Nearly 30 UMD engineering students from the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) pre-professional clubs will deliver short, hands-on investigations.

The program is best suited for adults, families, and children older than three years old and is free and open to the public.

About the First Folio

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio on display at the Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court.

Its pages are opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet.

Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. UMD is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.

The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. 

The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. UMD was selected as a host site for Minnesota in February, 2015.

The Folger Shakespeare Library holds 82 copies of the First Folio, by far the largest collection in the world and more than a third of the 233 known copies in the world today. It is believed that 750 copies were originally printed.

More information at #firstfolioduluth