So this started as this completely silly thing. Kate Kinsella, Lisa Endersby, and Joe Ginese started a conversation on conference presentations and plays with the following (completely true) observation:
If your program proposal has 7 co-presenters you are no longer giving a presentation, you are putting on a play.
This got Lisa’s wheels turning about Shakespearean titles for conference presentations (does this defy the discussion about not pandering to a conference theme with a title? Maybe, but it’s fun!)
Listed here are some of the submissions that we came up with.  The ones in red have been submitted after the initial chat!
If you have additions, please add in the comments! And if you want to make any of these a reality, PLEASE get in touch! 🙂
  1. “The Lady Doth Protest Too Much: Squashing Gossip in All-Female Halls.”
  2. “To Be, Or Not To Be? Mapping Out Your Career in Student Affairs.”
  3. “Out, damned spot: Enhancing Your Relationship With Custodial Services”
  4. “Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: Cultivating Meaningful Relationships with Alumni”
  5. “The Play’s The Thing: Utilizing Roleplay In Student Training”
  6. “Winter of Our Discontent: Spicing Up End of Fall Programming”
  7. “Method in the Madness: Explaining the How AND the Why to Students”
  8. “Be Not Afraid of Greatness: Inspiring Successful Students”
  9. “Beware the Ides of March: Beating Burn-Out and Ending the Year on a High.” 
  10. “Fortune’s Fool: Teaching Students About Privilege”
  11. “I Am Constant As The Northern Star: Building Lasting Student-Advisor Relationships”
  12. “Household Words: Orienting New Staff on Institutional Jargon” 
  13. “This is to make an ass of me: Managing your reputation as a new professional” (submitted by Cassidy Sansone)
  14. “Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Effective Crisis Management” (submitted by Cassidy Sansone)
  15. “Love’s Labour’s Lost: Motivating Seasoned Professional Staff” (submitted by Megan Johnston) 
  16. “These Are the Forgeries of Jealousy: Navigating Workplace Promotions” (submitted by Cassidy Sansone)
  17. “As You Like It: When Things Don’t Go Your Way” (submitted by Megan Johnston) 
  18. “The be-all and the end-all: Navigating a Career across functional areas” (submitted by Megan Johnston) 
  19. “All The World’s a Stage: Creating and Maintaining a Professional Identity”
  20.  “Arise, Fair Sun, and Kill the Envious Moon: The Benefits of Daytime Programming” (submitted by Cassidy Sansone) 
  21. “For Thou Wast a Spirit Too Delicate To Act Her Earthy and Abhorr’d Commands: Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace” (submitted by Cassidy Sansone)
  22. “Here Comes My Man: Supporting Male Student Leaders in Predominantly Female Organizations” (submitted by Cassidy Sansone, who has abandoned the illusion of productive work in favor of this exercise)

5 thoughts on “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears: Shakespeare Inspired Conference Presentations

  1. To thine ownself be true: An overview of personal identity developmentAll the world's a stage: Same as above (and others – lots of potential with this one)Parting is such sweet sorrow: Navigating life transitions in higher educationBeware the ides of March: Preparing for the "busy season" at your institutionFor fun – "See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!": Relationships do's and dont's in collegeYou know I love this. The buried English major in doth be drooling.

  2. Hey Parker- want to make the Ides of March one a reality? We could get Team Marker back on the field!It could be cool to show preparation for the busy time from different perspectives (activities and res life), and talk about how to support colleagues in different areas during their busy times as well as during shared ones.*jumps up and down* Can we, can we, can we?

  3. LOL, i love these. And I want to present with you. I feel like the following lines have potential…"The evil that men do lives after them" (Rebuilding a team/organization/department after negativity leaves)"How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown" (overzealous student leaders)"Never harm nor spell nor charm"- how the hippocratic oath applies to our field"Lord what fools these mortals be" – ANYTHING

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