March 3: LYSISTRATA by ARISTOPHANES
The very first workshop of the new year will begin with a discussion of the play LYSISTRATA written by ARISTOPHANES. The workshop will be led by Dr. Tom Carpenter, The Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and the Director of The Ping Institute and Professor of Classics. Completed preregistration is required in order to attend and must be filled out by February 18th.
October 20:Homer's The Odyssey led by Dr. Jim Andrews
The first workshop of the new school year begins with a screening of the Cohen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". The discussion will focus on the countless allusions to the Odyssey and also the art of allusion itself.
April 21: William Shakespeare and Julie Taymor's The Tempest on Film
The Tempest viewing and discussion was led by Dr. Sam Crowl, Trustee Professor of English and Ping Institute Fellow. During this day-long workshop, we screened Julie Taymor’s recent movie of the play in the morning and returned in the afternoon to discuss its myriad transformations of Shakespeare’s play into a film narrative.
April 30: Benjamin Franklin, Window into Early America
This workshop focused on Benjamin Franklin and was led by Dr. Tom Scanlon, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Jessica Choppin Roney, Assistant Professor of History.
February 26: Molière’s Misanthrope directed by David Haugen
The first workshop of 2011 included will an afternoon class discussion and an evening performance of Molière’s Misanthrope directed by David Haugen at Baker Theater in Kantner Hall. The workshop was led by Dr. Lois Vines, Trustee Professor of French.
May 15: William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost
This workshop included class discussion and a matinee performance of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost directed by Shelley Delaney
at Ohio University's Kantner Hall.
Workshop Leaders: Samuel Crowl, Ping Fellow and Trustee Professor of English, and Jill Ingram, Assistant Professor of English
May 16: William Shakespeare's The Tempest
This workshop examined one of William Shakespeares most famous pieces, The Tempest. Director Andy Felt took part in the workshop group discussion.
Workshop Leader: Samuel Crowl, Ping Fellow and Trustee Professor of English
November 15: John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath is John Steinbeck’s Depression-era classic that centers on the Joad family, who along with thousands of other sharecroppers,
were driven from their Oklahoma home by drought and exploitation of the land and its people. We follow their epic journey as they, along with thousands
of other Dust Bowl refugees, set out for California’s Central Valley in search of the golden promise of work, justice, and dignity. This workshop focuses
on Steinbeck’s novel and the Ohio University School of Theater production, powerfully adapted for the stage by Frank Gallatti.
Workshop leader: William F. Condee, Professor of Theater
May 17: "Knock Me a Kiss" - W.E.B. Du Bois, Countee Cullenand the Harlem Renaissance
William Condee, Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and a Ping Institute Professor, will present a workshop for secondary teachers in the spring on Saturday, May 17, 2008. Dr. Condee will lead a workshop on Charles Smith’s play, Knock Me a Kiss.
February 22: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America
Faculty Seminar: Donald Levine, former Dean of the College at the University ofChicago will lead a faculty seminar on February 22; discussion will focus on his book, The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America,followed by drinks and dinner. This seminar will be open to all OhioUniversity faculty who teach humanities courses.
November 17: The Shakespeare Films of Kenneth Branagh
This workshop examined the signature cinematic qualities Kenneth Branagh brings to translating Shakespeare from page to stage to screen.
September 13: Wine and Cheese Social
An informal social that helped introduce junior faculty with senior faculty from other departments within humanities.
March 10: The World of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: Love and Marriage in Chaucer's Tales of the Merchant, the Franklin and the Wife of Bath
This workshop closely examined three of Chaucer's tales in order to gain a better understanding of the ways these works represent the social and religious world of the fourteenth century. Discussion focused on medieval ideas about sexuality and virginity, women's roles, marriage as a sacrament, and other theory issues that engaged Chaucer and his contemporaries.
November 4: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors
William Condee, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, lead the discussion of the play during the afternoon. In the evening, participants enjoyed a performance of the play presented by the Ohio University School of Theater.
April 22: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Victorian Literature and the Protestant Work Ethic
This workshop examined the short novel within the framework of Dickens' contemporaries in order to gain a better understanding of how this classic speaks from and to a particular time and place: London in the early years of Victoria's reign. Discussion focused on Dickens' involvement in shaping religious debates about the status of "things" and "worldliness" in an age when Empires and Industry were creating a deluge of exotic products and temptations - not forgetting that literary works were among the most important of those.
May 7: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Samuel Crowl, trustee professor in English and author of the books Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen and Shakespeare at the Cineplex, lead the workshop in conjunction with the Ohio University School of Theater production of the play.
November 6: African-American Writers of Ohio
Secondary school teachers attending this workshop learned from presentations and discussions led by Dean McWilliams (J. Richard Hamilton/Baker & Hostetler Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, Ohio University), Crystal Anderson (Assistant Professor of English, Ohio University), and Herbert W.Martin (Professor Emeritus of English and Poet-in-Residence, University of Dayton). They discussed works by one author each: Charles Chestnut, Toni Morrison, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, respectively.
May 1: The Gods Are Not to Blame
This workshop for school teachers surrounded the production of the play by the Ohio University School of Theater. The Gods are Not to Blame was penned by Ola Rotimi, one of Nigeria's leading playwrights. The play is an adaptation of the Oedipus myth to address contemporary issues facing Africa and the world.
February 28: Staging Romeo and Juliet
Samuel Crowl, trustee professor in English and author of Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen, led this afternoon workshop in conjunction with the Ohio University School of Theater production ofthe play.
November 15: John Steinbeck
This workshop for school teachers was conducted by Bob Demott from the Ohio University Department of English.
April 12: Rediscovering Poe
Lois Vines, James S. Reid Professor of Humanities and professor of French, and Paul Jones, assistant professor of English at Ohio University, led presentations and discussions surrounding the works of the late, great American author.
November 16: Staging Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis
With presentations and discussions from Thomas Carpenter, Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and professor of classics; William Owens, chair of the classics department at Ohio University; and Midori Nohara, director of the Ohio University School of Theater's production of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis,this day long workshop was followed by a performance of the play.
April 13: Native Americans Studies Initiative
Co-sponsored by the Great Lakes American Studies Association as a part of their 2002 GLASA Annual Conference, this Institute endeavor was comprised of panels on a variety of topics in Native American Studies, including literature and the oral tradition, history, contemporary art, stereotypes and mascots. Panels were also held on methods of teaching Native American Studies, including a range of methodologies and technologies, from interactive software to storytelling. The event brought with it an exhibit of teaching materials, including the Cradleboard Project, Teaching Tolerance and the Smithsonian. The workshop closed with a performance of dancing, singing and drumming by the Shki Bmaadzi Singers, a performance troupe with ties to the Urban Natives of Chicago, a youth organization that promotes community service and leadership among Native American youth.
November 10: Staging As You Like It
Samuel Crowl, trustee professor of English, and Robert Ross Parker, director of the Ohio University School of Theater's production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, led presentations and discussions surrounding staging this Shakespeare classic. The day long workshop was followed by a performance of the play.
November 11: Staging The Glass Menagerie
Culminating in an Ohio University School of Theater production of the play,this one-day workshop included presentations and discussions led by Dean McWilliams, the Baker & Hostetler Professor of Humanities and professor of English; and Robert McMaster, the director of the OU production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
April 6: At the Movies: Teaching Women's History through Feature Films
Katherine Jellison, associate professor of history and specialist in U.S. women's history, led this workshop, which examined film clips and opened discussion on women in films. It was followed by the feature film Hester Street.
March 11: Staging Shakespeare's Dream
February 24: Interpretations of Antigone
A workshop on interpretations of the works by both Sophocles and Jean Anouilh,the program coincided with a performance of Sophocles' Antigone by the Ohio University School of Theater.