BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College introduces Shakespeare + Vets, a new conversation group for military veterans, focused on the work of Shakespeare. The program begins Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. on Ivy Tech’s main campus and is free and open to all veterans.

Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and producer of the Ivy Tech Shakespeare + Vets program says that language, the arts, and shared experiences empower people in their communities.

“Shakespeare’s plays contain some of the best war dialogue in all of theater, and are, unfortunately, still relevant today,” he said. “With so much of his work involving the military, Shakespeare’s words strongly resonate with veterans and provide a basis for conversation.”

Shakespeare + Vets is based on a program started in Louisville, Ky, by an unlikely pairing of a producing artistic director at Kentucky Shakespeare and a retired Army Colonel who had served in Iraq. The program brings together vets with the goal of helping them gain confidence through their discussions and shared experiences.

Ivy Tech Community College is located on the west side of Bloomington at 200 Daniels Way. The group will meet bi-weekly in room C236. No experience necessary. All veterans are welcome.

For more information, contact 812-330-4400.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.