2010 Spring Workshops

FREE 2011 Spring Workshops

for All Virginia K-12 Teachers
Presented by Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and the
Center for the Liberal Arts



March 12, 2011
Zehmer Hall
10 a.m until 3 p.m. (Please note different starting time)
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Medea is one of the most complex figures in Greek mythology—helping heroine, jilted lover, barbarian, witch, dark avenger, child killer. The most influential depiction is Euripides’ tragedy Medea , performed in Athens for the first time in 431 B.C. This workshop offers several different perspectives on Euripides’ drama with a view to teaching it in the high school classroom. Participants will read the play in the translation by Diane Arnson Svarlien—one of the presenters at the workshop—a copy of which they will receive in advance. The workshop will also include viewing and discussion of the renowned Kennedy Center production of the Medea featuring Zoe Caldwell and Dame JuThe Morning:

Talks by

• Jon Mikalson, ‘A Day in the Greek Theater in 431 B.C.’
• Diane Arnson Svarlien, ‘Capturing Euripides’ Medea in Translation’
• John F. Miller, ‘Medea after Euripides’

• Viewing of the Kennedy Center Production of the Medea .
• Discussion of performance and of teaching the Medea , moderated by Lisa Marshall



Co-Sponsored by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Festival of the Book and
Virginia Foundations of the Humanities
March 19, 2011
Zehmer Hall
8:30 a.m. Registration and Workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Virginia Festival of the Book will also be occurring on this weekend.
(Please click here for a link to that site)

This CLA Workshop will focus closely on Tom Paine’s _Common Sense_ (1776), the most important pamphlet of the time of the American Revolution and one of the most influential texts in all of American history. The morning sessions, including lectures with discussion, will be conducted by Profs. Jennifer Greeson (English, UVA), Sophia Rosenfeld (History, UVA) and Eric Arneson (History, George Washington University). They will focus, respectively, on the style and message of the document itself, its origins and impact on the Age of Revolutions, and its introduction of various conceptual themes that can be traced up to the present in American culture and American and world history. The afternoon sessions will focus specifically on pedagogy and classroom applications of these ideas. The workshop should be of interest to middle and high school teachers of US History, World History, American Studies, the English Language AP, and Government.

9:00 Introductions
9:10-9:50 Sophia Rosenfeld, UVA
Common Sense in 1776

10-10:55 Jennifer Greeson, UVA
Common Sense and the
American Literary Tradition

11:00-11:55 Eric Arnesen, George Washington University
A Usable Legacy?
Tom Paine and the American Radical Tradition

12:00-1:00 lunch and book signing

1:00-2:00 Stephanie van Hover, UVA
Teaching Common Sense



March 26, 2011
Zehmer Hall
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.


An exchange of ideas for the use of German films in German Instruction. Included are the use films as a support for language learning as well as courses about German films.

9:00 Opening Comments. Ronald Horwege, Sweet Briar College

9:15-10:00 Enlightening Students about German Culture with Doris Dörrie’s Enlightenment Guaranteed
Susan Wansink, Virginia Wesleyan College

10:00-10:45 “Im Juli” and “Kebab Connection” as examples of comedies that focus on the lives of Germans of Turkish descent.
Marcel Rotter, University of Mary Washington

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:45 Möbel als Motif: Goodbye Lenin! (2003)
Evangeline Deaton, Charlottesville City Schools

11:45-12:30 The Baader-Meinhof Complex: Communicating the RAF Legacy in Germany
Dirk R. Johnson, Hampden-Sydney College

12:30-1:15 Lunch and AATG Business Meeting

1:00 – 1:45 Short Films in the classroom: Loriot, Otto and clips from Deutsche Welle. Andrea Machesney, Maury High School, Norfolk, VA.

1:45 – 2:30 Wer, was, wie, und wo sind eigentlich die Erziehungsberechtigten?
Unterrichtsanregungen mit Hilfe von Hans Weingartners Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (2004). Wie man anhand dieses Filmes nicht nur Themen wie Fiktion und Wirklichkeit, Freundschaft, Selbstfindung oder Protest diskutieren, sondern auch ein bestimmtes “Verstehen” über Weltveränderungen vermitteln kann.
Mine Eren, Randolph, Macon College

2:30 -2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:30 Topic to be announced
Klaus Brodersen, Goethe-Institut Washingtion

3:30-4:00 Discussion and Closing Remarks


**Gustavo Pellón has been awarded
The 2011 All-University Teaching Award **


Saturday April 9, 2011
for All K-12 Virginia Teachers
at Zehmer Hall Auditorium

8:30-9:00 Inscripción de participantes
9:00-9:05 Presentación: Gustavo Pellón.

9:05-9:50 Argentina . Construir un país. La cultura y la literatura en el siglo XIX: Fernando Operé

10:00-10:45 Lectura y democracia . De Lugones a Borges y Soriano : Mempo Giardinelli Descanso

11:00-11:45 La poesía y sus expresiones: Fernando Operé

11:45-12:00 David Gies: Palabras sobre Marilyn Barrueta.

12:00-1:00 Lunch Annual AATSP Meeting – Sheila Cockey

1:00-1:45 La narrativa y sus expresiones: Mempo Giardinelli


2:00-3:00 Conversación en grupos.

3:00-3:30 Discusión general y preguntas.

“Cómo fomentar la literatura en el aula y más allá”
Los participantes de este taller tendrán la oportunidad de oir y conversar con Fernando Operé (profesor de español de UVA y poeta) y el escritor argentino Mempo Giardinelli sobre acercamientos a la poesía, el cuento, el teatro y la novela en el aula y fuera de ella. En Argentina Mempo Giardinelli ha lanzado una serie de programas para fomentar la lectura que han tenido mucho éxito con resonancia internacional. Fernando Operé, además de ser poeta, ha organizado talleres de poesía y por 30 años ha presentado obras de teatro en español en Charlottesville en las cuales los estudiantes representan junto con los profesores. El taller será una mezcla de conferencias y oportunidades para conversar y hacer preguntas. Ambos Giardinelli y Operé son veteranos de talleres pasados.

Para más información sobre los conferenciantes ver sus enlaces: