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March One-Day Workshops

REGISTRATION CLOSED. To be waitlisted, please fill out registration form. Curriculum Conversation: Homer's The Odyssey

March 8, 2013

IWT Curriculum Conversations reinvigorate the teaching of “canonical” texts through diverse writing and thinking practices. These conversations foster innovative approaches to teaching classical texts that help students understand their enduring relevance. This year, we turn to the source of Western literature and the second of Homer’s epic poems, The Odyssey, to ask: How can The Odyssey shed light on our current circumstances? Why has this epic adventure long held interest for young people and provoked such intense dialogue across generations? Writing-to-learn practices are the starting point for a rigorous reading of the text and for multiple readings through the lens of contemporary and historical fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

The day includes a plenary session with memoirist, critic, classicist, and translator Daniel Mendelsohn, Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. Mendelsohn’s essays and reviews appear frequently in the New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other publications, and he is the author of several award-winning books, including The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Salon Book Award, and many other honors in the United States and abroad, including the Prix Médicis. He teaches both The Iliad and The Odyssey to first-year students at Bard.

Text: Although we will be working with a variety of translations of The Odyssey, participants are asked to read, and bring with them to the workshop, the translation by Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics, 2006).

Workshop fee: $150 (includes morning coffee, lunch, and anthology of texts)