Oxford University Lecturer Presents at BSU’s Annual EuroSpring Lecture

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Professor Allan Chapman of the University of Oxford, lead lecturer on Bemidji State University’s Eurospring Program, presented his annual lecture to the Bemidji community on Sept. 24.

Chapman discussed the “Jokes, Jesters and Fun in Shakespeare’s England” and the value of entertainment in social and personal settings. His presentation focused on how the invention of the printing press provides modern historians a new window into what made Shakespearean England roar with laughter and shiver with humorous fear.

“What made them laugh then, often makes us laugh today,” he said.

Allan Chapman Lecture: Eurospring 2019-2020 from Bemidji State University on Vimeo.

Chapman, a first-generation graduate, has brought his passion for education and teaching to Bemidji State’s EuroSpring program for more than 40 years. As EuroSpring’s principle lecturer, he conducts a five-week travel and study-abroad experience that has been held each spring semester since 1977. He has lectured to approximately 2,000 young Minnesotans and also has served as the program’s academic director.

EuroSpring students earn academic credits at Oxford while paying BSU tuition and fees. Students attend classes, live on campus at Oxford University’s Wycliffe Hall and partake in a variety of field trips during their five-week stays.



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