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Tom Carpenter

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University community invited to Distinguished Professor Lecture Feb. 24

Event will include unveiling of official portrait

As an Ohio University Classics and World Religions professor, Tom Carpenter lectures on his field of study often, but on Feb. 24, his audience will not be made up of undergraduate students, but rather colleagues and admirers from across the University honoring him as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Professor award.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit invited the University community via e-mail to this year’s Distinguished Professor Lecture, Monday, Feb. 24, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in Alden Library’s Class of 1951 Lounge.

The event honors 2013 Distinguished Professor Carpenter, who will deliver the lecture on “Greek Tragedy Amongst the ‘Barbarians’ in 4th Century BC in Italy” as well as answer questions following the lecture. Carpenter is director of the Ohio University Ping Institute for the Teaching of Humanities and served as chair of the Department of Classics and World Religions from 2007 to 2012. He is also the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities at the University. Most recently, Carpenter was awarded the 2014-15 Joukowsky Lectureship by the Archaeological Institute of America. He will travel throughout the United States as a public lecturer. John Kopchick, 2012 Distinguished Professor, will introduce Carpenter.

McDavis awarded Carpenter with the Distinguished Professor honor during the 2013 commencement exercises in May.

The Distinguished Professor Award was established in 1959. The lifetime designation of Distinguished Professor recognizes the achievements and extraordinary contributions of the selected professor and only one award is made each year. As a recipient, Carpenter will receive one semester of academic leave and the privilege of selecting one undergraduate student annually to receive a distinguished professor scholarship. An official portrait of Carpenter will be unveiled during the lecture event and placed with the portraits of all previously recognized Distinguished Professors on the 3rd floor of Alden Library.

Carpenter is a graduate of Harvard University, Oxford University and Johns Hopkins University. His academic focus is on Greek archeology, religion and iconography. He has published eight books and more than 20 articles on these and other topics. These publications include Art and Myth in Ancient Greece, which has also been translated into six languages.

Space is limited and individuals planning on attending are asked to RSVP through the following link: For those unable to attend the event in person, a live stream of the event will be made available at