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Ping Institute Events Archive

Archive of One-Day Workshops and events 1998 through 2014 at the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities at Ohio University.

2016

November 19: Culture and Coal in Appalachia.

The workshop featured

Dr. Geoff Buckley

and

Robert Gipe

. Buckley, Professor of Geography at Ohio University, is the author of

Extracting Appalachia and Mountains of Injustice

. The session also featured a discussion with Gipe, award-winning Appalachian author of

Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel

.

2015

April 18: The Case of the Novice Novelist: One Mystery Writer?s Journey.

The workshop leader was Andrew Welsh-Huggins, author of

Fourth Down and Out

. Welsh-Huggins, a reporter and author of the Columbus-based ?Andy Hayes? private detective series, telling how he turned a childhood love of reading and writing into his dream of writing mystery novels. He revealed how some unusual life experiences, from living in an Irish-speaking village to volunteering on an Indian reservation to witnessing several executions, helped shape his world view.

2014

November 8: Landscape and Community: Utopian Approaches to Healing

The Workshop Leader was Dr. Katherine Ziff, author of

Asylum on the Hill

. Ziff is a scholar of psychiatric history and asylums. She is a public school mental health counselor and an artist. Ziff has published articles in History of Psychiatry, Counselor Education and Supervision, Creativity in Mental Health, Chrysalis, New Research in Mental Health, and elsewhere.

April 5: William Shakespeare's As You Like It

Your workshop organizer will be Dr. Sam Crowl, Trustee Professor of English and Founding Member of the Ping Institute. Other speakers include Professor Jill Ingram (English) and Shelley Delaney (Theater). The workshop, which is free, will begin at 2:30pm and includes a ticket to the 8pm evening performance of the play at the Ohio University Forum Theatre.

2013

November 2: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

Your workshop leader will be Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Associate Professor of English at Ohio University, a specialist in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. In the morning, we will discuss Mary Shelley?s classic novel and in the afternoon screen the classic 1931 version of Frankenstein featuring Boris Karloff as the Creature.This workshop is free and begins at 9:30am with a break at lunch then concluding a 4pm. A completed registration is required in order to attend and must be filled out by Monday, October 25th.

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.

2012

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.

2011

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: Moliere?s Misanthrope directed by David Haugen

The first workshop of 2011 included will an afternoon class discussion and an evening performance of Moliere?s Misanthrope directed by David Haugen at Baker Theater in Kantner Hall. The workshop was led by Dr. Lois Vines, Trustee Professor of French.

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

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.

2005

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.

2004

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.

2003

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.

2002

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.

2001

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.

2000

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

Including presentations and discussions with Samuel Crowl, trustee professor in English and author of Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen, this workshop also offered a viewing of A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by the Ohio University School of Theater.

1998

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.