Ping Faculty Symposia

Ping Institute Activities for Ohio University Faculty Members

One of the goals of the Ping Institute is to provide opportunities for humanities teachers to get together to share teaching and research interests. Each academic year, during the fall and spring semesters, the institute hosts a wine and cheese reception for Ohio University humanities faculty. In addition, at least one semester a year, a faculty symposium is held with a distinguished invited guest. Following the afternoon symposium, faculty members continue the discussion at dinner. An invitation to the event is sent to all humanities faculty at Ohio University. The first 20 who respond are included in the symposium and dinner, funded by the institute.

Recent Symposia

April 8, 2021: A discussion of the book Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities, with the authors Gary Saul Morson and Morton Owen Schapiro, both of Northwestern University.

April 2019: A discussion of the book The Humanities in Everyday Life, with the author Michael Levenson of the University of Virginia.

March 2018: A discussion with the novelist Robert Gipe of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College about his Appalachian novels.

March 2017: A discussion on “Public Theologies of Belonging and Governance,” with political scientist Nukhet Sandal of Ohio University.

November 2015: A discussion of the book African Healing and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World, with author James Sweet of the University of Wisconsin.

November 2014: A discussion of the book Education, Justice and Democracy, with the author Danielle Allen of Princeton University.