A Complicated Man: Charismatic Odysseus | Newberry

A Complicated Man: Charismatic Odysseus

Monday, October 15, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Seemee Ali, Carthage College
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

“You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies… . You have angered people you should not have.”

Thus Bob Dylan explains (in his 2016 Nobel Prize Lecture) how the Homeric Odyssey inspires his own bardic compositions. In this seminar, we will consider what the Odyssey enacts and what it teaches us about the spellbinding power of a well-told tale. We will pay particular attention to Odysseus’ own storytelling in Books 9-12, which contains perhaps the most famous - and most unbelievable - of Odysseus’ adventures. In this portion of the epic, Odysseus recounts his own fantastic exploits to the Phaiakians, a people renowned for their hostility to strangers. Odysseus cannot reach home without their help. His tales are the only payment he can offer for his safe passage back to Ithaka - and the singular means of persuasion to effect his homecoming.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.