On November 16, the Ellis senior class visited Carnegie Mellon University to see rare books and artifacts pertinent to their extensive study of Shakespeare this fall. Mary Kay Johnsen, Special Collections Librarian at CMU, led the students on a tour of the Posner Center’s current exhibition on Shakespeare: the exhibit contained ephemera from the School of Drama’s 100 years of Shakespeare productions as well as an original First Folio of Shakespeare’s works (the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays)—a volume valued at approximately 4 million dollars. Only 750 copies of the First Folio were printed in 1623; of these approximately 230 have survived.
On Friday, November 18, over 300 Pittsburgh-area high school students gathered for Culture Jam, The Ellis School’s student-led, annual diversity conference. The conference is designed to inspire discussion around diversity-related issues that are present in high schools, the region, and the global community.