Humanism lecture

Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will speak on "The OSF's 2008 Season: A Celebration of the Human" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland.

Presented by The Jefferson Center of Ashland, an educational organization which promotes secular and democratic worldviews, Rauch will address unique humanistic themes in this year's OSF offerings, highlighting such plays as Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" and Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge."

Donation is $8 for adults at the door; youth are admitted free of charge.

For more information about the lecture or the Jefferson Center, see or call 488-9450.

Humanism, which The Jefferson Center explores through its programs and events, is a rational philosophy informed by the sciences and the arts, and motivated by compassion. Rauch will address themes related to the humanistic worldview that are displayed in this year's Oregon Shakespeare Festival's theatrical presentations.

New OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch recently completed a 20-year journey as co-founder and artistic director of the Cornerstone Theatre Company of Los Angeles where he directed over forty of the company's productions. He co-founded Cornerstone in 1986 shortly after graduating from Harvard University. He is an Associate Artist at the Yale Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory, and was the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at the University of California, Irvine during the 2006-2007 academic year.

The public is cordially invited to attend this unique program on an important subject: humanism in the plays. The Jefferson Center also features presentations at monthly Salons and in a twice a year lecture series which are open to the public. For more information, please visit The Center's Web site at or call 488.9450.

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