Shakespeare and Swander

More about the UCSB prof who changed my life:

1940s – US Navy – Homer Swander

Clipping from the 1940s showing Swander’s concern for distinguishing between persons and ideas:

Always an activist for moral values.


The idea was to have a year-long ”Shakespeare celebration” – a unifying theme in the classroom and/or community. It was the idea of a Shakespeare scholar, Homer Swander of the University of California at Santa Barbara. He wanted to share his love of the Bard and his works in a new way.

Professor Swander and the Association for Creative Theater, Education, and Research (ACTER), of which he is director, planned the celebration to coincide with the arrival last year of a Washington-based exhibit of Shakespeare’s works and maps, books, and curios of Elizabethan life. Source.


Professor Swander and the Association for Creative Theater, Education, and Research (ACTER), of which he is director, planned the celebration to coincide with the arrival last year of a Washington-based exhibit of Shakespeare’s works and maps, books, and curios of Elizabethan life.

The exhibit, organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, had toured six US cities in two years. It was not scheduled to visit Los Angeles, but Professor Swander determined to change that. After some persuasion and a timely $150,000 grant from the Times-Mirror Foundation, the exhibit opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry last October. It was seen by over 130,000 children.

”I felt the exhibit would be incomplete without a live theater and community response,” said Professor Swander. The idea snowballed into a year-long cornucopia of plays, lectures, concerts, and fairs called ”Good Will.” Source.

Dr. Swander died February 18, 2018 at the age of 96. He touched a lot of lives.

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