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EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY:

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Noon

Redemptio Dramatis; or, How the Jesuits Redeemed Dramatic Art and Invented High School Theatre in the Early Modern Period

  • Location: Casper College, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Presented by: William Conte, Ph.D., Casper College
  • This presentation will explore the crucial role played by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in redeeming drama and the performing arts from centuries of bias that had been fomenting since the Greeks invented the Western version of the art in the sixth century BC. It will rehearse the origin and trajectory of the “anti-theatrical prejudice” from the Greeks through the early modern period and discuss the Jesuits’ intervention in this debate.

1-2:30 p.m.

“What is here inserted comes from a Credible Hand”: Redeeming the Archive

  • Location: Casper College, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Presented by: Holly Wendt, Ph.D., Lebanon Valley College
  • Archival research is most often considered the territory of academic writing, but the archive – including state papers, legal documents, newspapers, mercantile logbooks, and the delightful ephemera of the ages – presents a wealth of possibilities to creative writers and artists. This session will discuss the use of archival materials in a creative capacity, from how to actually engage with an archive, to locating resources to considering the found documents and artifacts as artistic fuel. The presentation will culminate with a reading of poetry produced via archival research.

3-5 p.m.

Using Archives in Creative Writing Workshop at the Western History Center at Casper College

Please call 307-268-2060 for advance registration, seats limited.

  • Location: Casper College, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Presented by: Holly Wendt, Ph.D., Lebanon Valley College
  • Dr. Wendt will lead participants in actual practice using archival materials, such as letters, photographs, and maps for generating ideas, characters, and even plot. She will also prompt consideration of the actual items/letters with ink blots, tears, evidence of crumpling; articles and artifacts with marginalia and annotation, and so on to reveal their own stories, too.

Full schedule of events at this link.