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July 12 & 13: "The Art of the Short Story" led by Dr. Mark Halliday

This two-day institute will explore the short story as an art form, introducing participants to the history of the critical discussion of the genre aesthetically and formally and exploring ways to apply these perspectives to a number of classic stories from the American and British literary canon, including some favorites from the classroom.To approach the short story as a living and still-evolving form, the institute will include guest appearances by writers, who will read from and discuss their work; a discussion of how stories get selected for literary magazines; and some creative prompts to encourage the participants themselves to practice the art of the short story.


July 13-16, 2010: Sources of Greek Myth

This summer institute started from the premise that myth is never static but grows and changes to fit the needs of the people to whom it belongs. During the institute, participants explored sources that ancient Greeks drew on for their myths. Participants also explored the ways the focus of some myths changed over time and the implication of those changes. Workshop leaders were Drs. Thomas Carpenter, Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics at Ohio University and Drs. Christopher Faraone, Frank Curtis Springer, and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.


July 7-10, 2009: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Aquitane group

This three-day summer institute focused on Eleanor's biography, political, economic and social power, the rights of medieval women, the conflict between church and state, the creation of the nation-state through wars and marriages, and her contributions to the literary arts. We also explored the modern fascination with Eleanor, including books for children, adolescents and adults, a play, and three films. For participating teachers of French, there were special sessions devoted to studying and discussing them in that language.


July 6-11, 2008: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Race in 19th Century Ohio” Article in O.U. Outlook

William Condee, Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and a Ping Institute Professor, directed the Summer Institute on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Race in 19th Century Ohio,” July 6-11 on the Ohio University Athens campus. This workshop was open to secondary school teachers in Ohio.


June 21 - 30, 2007: The History of Art in Spain (Madrid, Bilbao)

The program was designed to familiarize fifteen teachers with the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, introduce them to artistic analysis, and provide them with ideas for enriching their classes with reference to art.


July 23 - 28, 2006: Poets On Poetry

This five-day Summer Institute was designed for 20 humanities school teachers from Ohio to refresh and expand participants' appreciation of the various ways in which poetry tries to illuminate and organize the complexity of the human psychological experience.

Co-directors Mark Halliday and Jill Rosser, along with visiting poets David Baker and Ann Townsend offered "insider" views of contemporary American poetry. A discussion of poems by the great 19th-century poets Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson, and of the contemporary Nobel Prize poet Wislawa Szymborska and of various other poems both formal and non-formal was also held.


July 25 - 30, 2005: African Literature

The 2005 Summer Institute was designed to explore Anglophone African literature by the program's director, Dean McWilliams, Hamilton Baker & Hostetler. Ohio University faculty prepared studies on the following subjects for the Institute: Evan Mwangi prepared Contemporary Anglophone African Fiction; Esiaba Irobi prepared Contemporary Anglophone African Theater; Walter Hawthorne prepared Contemporary Historical Contexts of African Literature; Keith Harris prepared African Film. This Institute was canceled due to low enrollment.


July 18 - 23, 2004: Shakespeare in Film

The 2004 Summer Institute was directed by Samuel Crowl, trustee professor in English and author of Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen.


June 23 - 28, 2003: The Many Faces of Islam

A five-day workshop for Ohio teachers from grade seven through twelve, The Many Faces of Islam introduced school teachers to this important and often misrepresented and misunderstood world religion. The Institute highlighted the comparative religious and cultural values of Islam as reflected in history,religion and art. Participants also focused on the regional differences within Islamic civilization and practice. This workshop was co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.


July 28 - August 2, 2002: Appalachian Literature

Co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation,the Office of Lifelong Learning, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the department of English, this one-week workshop was designed to enrich teachers' understanding and appreciation of Appalachian literature. The workshop aimed at encouraging secondary teachers of humanities courses to incorporate Appalachian literature into their classes. The region's rich literary heritage, as well as music and film adaptations of Appalachian fiction, provided participants with provocative entries into their students' studies of Appalachia. Participants examined not only the cultural contexts of the literature, but also regional dialects and social issues that have affected the economy, health and welfare of the region, including the stereotyping of Appalachians.

July 13 - 22, 2002: Ancient Rome: The Growth of a City

Held in Rome, Italy, this nine-day workshop was designed to introduce 12 Ohio school teachers to the archeology of ancient Rome. Using physical remains, it traced the growth of the city from the 5th Century, B.C.,to the 4th Century, A.D. Two Oxford-trained classical archaeologists from Ohio University who have lived in Rome for extended periods led the program. Day trips to the excavated sites of Ostia, the ancient port city of Rome, and Pompeii, a city near Naples covered by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, served to illustrate elements of the city of Rome that are no longer visible.


July 29 - August 3, 2001: The Literatures of India and China

This summer institute workshop was designed to introduce teachers to two of the oldest and richest civilizations outside of Europe -- the civilizations of India and China. The workshop focused intensively on selected text, regarded as canonical within their respective traditions: The Ramayana, an Indian epic from the fifth century B.C.E.,and poems and stories from China's T'ang and Sung dynasties, roughly the seventh through the thirteenth centuries C.E. These texts allow us to enter the Indian and Chinese cultures at points these cultures themselves regard as crucial and representative.

Participants attended presentations with Leslie Abel Flemming, the dean of Ohio University's College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of linguistics; Julia Lin, professor emerita of English at Ohio University; Donald Jordan, a professor of history and the director of Asian studies at Ohio University; and Elizabeth Collins, the director of Southeast Asian Studies and associate professor of philosophy at Ohio University.


July 30 - August 4, 2000: The Nature of Greek Mythology

Co-sponsored with the Ohio Humanities Council, this five-day workshop provided 20 Ohio school teachers with the opportunity to participate in presentations and discussions that provide intellectual stimulation through the exploration of the nature, uses and implications of classical mythology.

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