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March 18, 2014

Ohio University Distinguished Professor Lecture Feb. 24 

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

Monday’s lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Class of 1951 Lounge, Alden Library. The event honors Carpenter, who will deliver “Greek Tragedy Amongst the ‘Barbarians’ in Fourth Century BC in Italy,” and 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. Most recently, Carpenter was awarded the 2014-15 Joukowsky Lectureship by the Archaeological Institute of America, and he will travel throughout the United States as a public lecturer. John Kopchick, 2012 Distinguished Professor, will introduce Carpenter.

The Distinguished Professor Award was established in 1959. The lifetime designation 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 third 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

For additional information on the Ohio University Distinguished Professor award and past recipients, please visit:


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