There are only two living witnesses to the earliest days of the university’s history, and our great loss is they cannot speak.
They arrived on campus in 1879, three years after the university opened its doors to 44 students and a year after Mary Rippon, CU’s first female professor, arrived. Old Main housed the classrooms, library, janitor, President Joseph Sewall and his family.
The works of William Shakespeare have been watched, studied — and loved — for literally centuries.
And let’s be honest: Whether they were introduced to the Bard’s work by a dry-as-dust teacher in high school, or just don’t see the plays’ relevance in the fast-moving 21st-century, there are those who aren’t quite sure about Shakespeare.