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Monday, September 12, 2011

2011 WSU Greek Festival (Ogden: Sept 19 - 28)

2011 WSU Greek Festival Who: Weber State University Honors Program What: 2011 WSU Greek Festival When: schedule below Where: WSU Campus WSU Honors presents the 14th annual WSU Greek Festival in conjunction with the Classical Greek Theatre Festival. The festival production for 2011 is Euripides’ “Iphigenia in Tauris.” The festival originated as support for the Classical Greek Theatre production hosted by WSU Department of Performing Arts every fall, by providing our own faculty in a series of lectures and other events about Classical Greek culture. This is also the 14th year it has been scheduled to coincide with the Ogden community Greek Food Festival presented by the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, this year on 23-24 September. The festival will present a series of lectures, a readers theatre performance of Aristophanes’ Wealth, which is intended for mature audiences only, as well as the Classical Greek play. All events are open to the public and free, with the exceptions of the ticket price for the theatre production of Euripides’”Iphigenia in Tauris,” $8/$11. Four lectures and the readers theatre production will be held in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room in the Stewart Library, WSU campus; with additional lectures and activities planned at other venues noted (*) on the schedule below. The pre-show lecture for “Iphigenia in Tauris” will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Shepherd Union Building. “Iphigenia in Tauris” will be presented in the Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building. WSU Greek Festival Schedule 2011 Mon Sept 19 1:30 “Kypseli: Greek Island Village Life” (video) and discussion; WSU Anthropology Club; public invited Wed Sept 21 1:30 Antikythera; David Ferro/Computing Science & Eric Swedin (B.I.S. program), a multimedia exploration of 20,000 years of intellectual history to arrive at an understanding of a surprisingly powerful but seemingly unlikely precursor to modern cybernetic society Thur Sept 22 1:30 Parallel Stories in Homer’s Odyssey: Odysseus’ Adventures and Penelope’s Scheme, Kristi Krumnow Comparative Literature, Utah State University; two opposing stories of a husband and wife show how they experience quite opposite tales, one eventful and the other a tiresome, “meanwhile back at the ranch” narrative. Fri-Sat 10AM-10PM Greek Food Festival, Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 674 42nd Street, Ogden Food, Greek culture, entertainment, gifts, and a party with over 10,000 of your best friends. Mon Sept 26 1:30 Swearing, Seducing and Other Problems with Euripides’ Women; Jennifer Kokai/Theatre Tues Sept 27 1:30 Aristophanes’ “Wealth,” WSU Greek Readers Theatre, for adults only. A political satire on contemporary Athens, it features the personified god of wealth Plutus. It uses such familiar character types as the stupid master and the insubordinate slave to attack the morals of the time. (more information to follow in separate news release). Wed Sept 28 1:30 Euripides’ Iphigenia: Performance, Prequel, and Parallelism (panel discussion); followed by Jenny Kokai (Department of Performing Arts) on Greek theater in performance. She’ll be followed by two graduate students: Jason White (Iphigenia at Aulis as prequel) and Mark Woodring (parallelism or correspondence between Helen and Iphigenia in Tauris). Conclusion: Bob Hogge, English, giving members of the audience suggestions on what to look for in the evening’s performance. 6:30 Intro lecture/Jim Svendsen, Classical Greek Theatre Festival Director 7:30 Euripides’ “Iphigenia in Taurus” • Iphigenia narrowly avoided death by sacrifice at the hands of her father, Agamemnon, when the goddess Artemis saved her and took her to Tauris to be a priestess at the temple of Artemis. There she has the gruesome task of ritually sacrificing foreigners. Eventually, one of those foreigners is her brother, Orestes. This time, the goddess Athena offers help. (more information to follow in separate news release). Writers: the following contact list is provided for more information: Classical Greek Theatre Festival/Iphigenia in Tauris: Dr. Jim Svendsen, jim.svendsen@mac.com or 801 581 4607 Homer’s Odyssey: Dr. Kristi Krumnow, kristi.krumnow@usu.edu, kkrumnow@aol.com or 435-512-6726 Anthropology: Dr. Linda Eaton, leaton1@weber.edu Greek Readers Theatre: Caril Jennings, 626-6431 or crjennings@weber.edu Literature: Dr. Robert Hogge, rhogge@weber.edu or 801-626-6596 Orthodox Church: Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 399-2231 Antikythera: Dr. David Ferro, dferro@weber.edu or Dr. Eric Swedin, eswedin2weber.edu Planetarium: Dr. Stacy Palen, physics.weber.edu/palen WSU Greek Festival Concept/Overview, Caril Jennings, 626-6431 or crjennings@weber.edu

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