2010 Workshops

2010 Spring CLA and Arthur Vining Davis workshop offerings

Free – Teaching Classical Mythology

Saturday, February 27
9 am to 2 pm
Zehmer Hall at UVA

The myths of ancient Greece and Rome are an essential part of the vocabulary of western culture. This workshop in Teaching Classical Mythology offers three presentations by UVa faculty of Classics and Art History on mythology in antiquity and modern times. Each presentation exemplifies a different approach to the mythological tradition. Group discussion will focus on adaptations of these perspectives to the high school classroom.

Lunch will be provided.


• John F. Miller, Professor of Classics, ‘Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Mythological Tradition’

• Tyler Jo Smith, Assistant Professor of Art History, ‘ God, Hero, and Image: How Greek Vases teach Greek Myth’

• Gregory Hays, Associate Professor of Classics, ‘Mythology and Popular Culture’


FREE – Asian Workshop

Saturday, March 20, 2010
8:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Zehmer Hall

8:30 – 3 p.m. Free Parking and Box Lunch provided

In this workshop, participants will gain important understanding into the historical and sociocultural factors contributing to contemporary political issues, conflict, and society in South Asia, with a focus on the art, religions, and politics of India and Pakistan . They will also be given the opportunity to work with University faculty across disciplines to create strategies for teaching these complex topics in the K-12 classroom.

In the morning, participants will attend three lectures by University of Virginia faculty and will gain insight into the religions, politics, and history of these complex regions:

• Professor of Politics, John Echeverri-Gent, will address how India, a very poor country, has established and sustained a democratic system that has maintained stability within one of the world’s most diverse populations, and how rapid economic growth has brought increased inequality in India, and the strain that this puts on democracy.

• Karen Lang, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies will describe the diverse religions of South Asia—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity and Islam—and how changing political and social structures have impacted the development of these faiths and led to inter-religious conflict that presents challenges both for South Asia and the US.

• Daniel Ehnbom, Associate Professor of Art History, will discuss the Persian influence on Indian art, and in particular, how certain leaders influenced the evolution of Indian art during the Mughal Empire in the late sixteenth century. This is a rare opportunity to learn more about the roots of Indian culture from the Persian empire and the relevance of this in contemporary society.

In the afternoon, Associate Professor of Education, Stephanie Van Hover, will provide additional careful consideration of how and where South Asia fits into the Virginia SOLs and other curricular goals within many schools across the Commonwealth. Participants will work in small groups with all four faculty presenters to collaboratively create innovative and dynamic lesson plans and strategies for classroom activities that apply the workshops content in a meaningful way in line with curricular objectives and 21 st century skills. Through the topics discussed, participants will gain insight into the nature of ongoing ethnic and religious conflict, population growth and economic development, human factors that impact the environment, and the intersection of this region and the U.S. , whether through immigration, outsourcing, increased American presence, technological capacity, or globalization.

There will be a follow-up workshop on East Asia in the fall and participants will have priority for this offering.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations is please to announce a
Free Spanish Workshop for all K-12 Virginia Teachers

Saturday April 17, 2010
9 am to 3 pm
Zehmer Hall at UVA

Lunch will be provided


This year’s Center for the Liberal Arts Spanish Workshop will examine the historical and cultural experience of the Jewish people in Spain and Latin America from the Middle Ages to the present. Among the topics covered will be:

* Iberian Jews and conversions to Christianity before 1492 by Professor Michael Gerli.

* Issue of crypto-Judaism in the the New World 16th and 17th centuries by Professor Alison Weber.

* Jewish writers in Modern Latin America by Professor Gustavo Pellón.

We will also have a guest speaker Ana María Shúa. Here is a link for her website: www.anamariashua.com.ar

Ana María Shúa nació en Buenos Aires. A su primera novela, Soy Paciente, siguió una larga lista de títulos, entre los que sobresalen la novela Los Amores de Laurita, El peso de la tentación, La muerte como efecto secundario, y sus libros de minificciones: La sueñera, Viajando se conoce gente y Casa de Geishas. Algunas de sus obras fueron llevadas al cine, y también alcanzó renombre como autora de literatura infantil (La fábrica del Terror y La puerta para salir del mundo, entre otros títulos). Publicó varios libros relacionados con las tradiciones judías: Risas y emociones de la cocina judía, Cuentos judíos con fantasmas y demonios y El pueblo de los tontos. Su obra está traducida a una decena de lenguas y en 1993 recibió la beca Guggenheim para trabajar en su novela El libro de los recuerdos. Sus últimos títulos: Temporada de Fantasmas y Botánica del caos.