I have been a passionate advocate of Advanced Studies in England since 1989, when I met Donald Nunes during my first year in the English Department at Franklin & Marshall College. Now, twenty-six years later, my passion for ASE has taken on a life of its own. I have served on the ASE board, and I taught a Shakespeare course in the 2007 ASE summer school program. My family joined me in Bath while I taught this course: we lived in Nunes house and enjoying the several cultural excursions to Cornwall via Tintagel, Glastonbury, and Oxford. The professional staff was welcoming to all of us, and my teaching experience is a highlight of my professional life. I took my Shakespeare students to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a weekend of plays and visits to the Shakespeare properties.
The deliberate, thoughtful blending of classroom instruction with relevant cultural experience and field-trips is what makes ASE so special. I am happy to report that one of my own children will be studying at ASE in the 2015 Autumn term! I’m sure Don Nunes would be delighted!