Authors @ Alden
The Sage in the Cathedral of Books (May 19th, 2016)
The Ohio University Libraries were honored to host Dr. Hwa Wei Lee, interviewer Dr. Charles Ping, author Yang Yang, and translator Dr. Ying Zhang to discuss The Sage in the Cathedral the biography of Dr. Lee. The biography is not only his personal story, but also a story of his amazing achievements, such as receiving the highly prestigious Melvil Dewey Medal from the American Library Association in 2015, and contributions to international librarianship, especially between the U.S. and China.
Ohio University Libraries hosted alumnus Dr. Stanley Plumly, Maryland’s award-winning poet laureate and distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Plumly spoke with Dr. Jill Allyn Rosser about his latest work titled, “The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb.” The conversation ranged from Benjamin Robert Haydon’s painting career to his friendships with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb and touched on Dr. Plumly’s own history, beginning with growing up in Barnesville, OH.
Sam Crowl (April 3, 2014)
Ohio University Libraries will host Dr. Sam Crowl, Trustee Professor of English Literature, Shakespeare, and Renaissance Drama at Ohio University on the next edition of the Authors @ Alden series. Dr. Crowl will discuss his recently published book, Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare’s Hamlet: the Relationship between Text and Film (London: Bloomsbury/Arden, 2014) with the Libraries’ Instruction Coordinator lorraine Wochna from 5:30-6:30 on Thursday, April 3rd on the 4th floor of Alden Library.
Dr. Crowl is also the author of Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen as well as numerous essays, articles, reviews, and interviews on aspects of Shakespeare in performance. He has lectured widely on Shakespeare at universities and conferences.
Open to the public, the event will take place in the 1951 Lounge on the fourth floor of Alden Library.
The live webcast of the event will be hosted via Adobe Connect. Current students, staff and faculty of Ohio University can log into Adobe Connect with your OHIO email and password. OHIO alumni and friends may also log in as a guest. Plan to join the webcast 15 minutes early to ensure proper connectivity. If you have any questions about accessing the live webcast, please contact Kevin Price 740-593-4919.
President Emeritus Charles J. Ping (December 5, 2013)
Ohio University Libraries hosted Dr. Charles J. Ping, president emeritus of Ohio University, in the next edition of the Authors @ Alden series. Dr. Ping discussed his recently published memoir, A Conversation about Ohio University and the Presidency,1975-1994, transcribed from a series of recorded videotaped interviews with Dr. Samuel Crowl, current trustee professor emeritus and former dean of University College, and Doug McCabe, Ohio University Libraries’ curator of manuscripts.
Dr. Ping served as Ohio University President for 19 years, making his presidency the longest in University history. Dr. Samuel Crowl with facilitate the event and discuss highlights from the book that documents Ping’s leadership and transformed OHIO into the University we know today.
View the recorded version of the original Kevin Haworth webcast on our YouTube channel.
Kevin Haworth, assistant professor of English at Ohio University discussed his personal approach to creative writing and how he uses library resources to develop and inspire his work.
His most recent book, Famous Drownings in Literary History, is a compilation of powerful short stories on modern Jewish American life. Haworth is also the author of The “Discontinuity of Small Things,” a story of the Holocaust set in Denmark in the summer of 1943. It was awarded the Samuel Goldberg Prize for best Jewish fiction by a writer under 40, and was the runner up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
View the recorded version of the original Carl Walker webcast on our YouTube channel.
Carl Walker, in collaboration with local historian Betty Hollow, is the author of Soulful Bobcats: Experiences of African American Students at Ohio University. 1950-1960.
Soulful Bobcats is a compilation of 18 personal narratives about life as an African-American student at Ohio University prior to the Civil Rights movement. The narratives explore the many challenges faced by African-Americans as they paved the way for diversity on a predominately white campus.
View the recorded version of the original Katherine Ziff webcast on our YouTube channel.
Local author Katherine Ziff discussed her research and her book, Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape. Much of Ziff’s extensive research on the Athens Lunatic Asylum was done through the asylum archives at the Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections at Alden Library. Katherine Ziff is a scholar of psychiatric history and asylums. Asylum on the Hill, published in 2012, is considered one of the most detailed accounts on the history as well as the revolutionary practices in psychiatry and patient care that took place at the Athens Lunatic Asylum.