Libraries Hosts Distinguished Professor Dr. Tom Carpenter

Dr. Tom Carpenter, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Professor Award
Dr. Tom Carpenter, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Professor Award.

Ohio University’s Distinguished Professors spend so much time with the Libraries’ resources, it’s only fitting that their portraits take up residence at Alden Library.

Each year, Ohio University honors a professor who has demonstrated exemplary research and teaching with its highest distinction for faculty members, the Distinguished Professor Award, and the Libraries commemorates the achievement with a portrait in its third floor gallery. The tradition continues this year with the addition of a photograph of 2013 Distinguished Professor Dr. Tom Carpenter.

On Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Alden Library, President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benot cordially invite the public to attend a reception held in honor of Dr. Carpenter, director of the Ping Institute and a professor in Classics specializing in Greek archaeology, religion and iconography.

The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m, followed by a 7:00 p.m. portrait unveiling and lecture by Dr. Carpenter titled “Greek Tragedy Amongst the ‘Barbarians’ in 4th Century B.C. Italy.”

“As the audience will see, my use of the term ‘barbarian’ is mildly ironic,” Carpenter said. “I hope people will come away knowing something they didn’t know before.”

As faculty reach new levels of achievement, they find an increased need for materials to support their research and instruction. For Carpenter, those necessary materials included the complete set of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, an encyclopedia obtained by the Libraries several years ago. He described the collection as “absolutely central” to his research.

Dr. Carpenter has written a number of books, including “Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (World of Art)” and “Masks of Dionysus (Myth and Poetics),” and has taught at OHIO since 1997.

“From the start, I’ve been blessed by being a member of a department with wonderfully congenial colleagues who are both good scholars and teachers,” said Carpenter. “I feel hugely honored and at the same time humbled to have been chosen.”

The librarians and staff of the Libraries extend their hearty congratulations to Dr. Tom Carpenter, welcome the addition of his portrait to the Distinguished Professor Gallery, and look forward to his future achievements in learning, teaching and research. 

Planning to attend the reception and lecture? Please register on the Distinguished Professor Event RSVP page

After the unveiling, Carpenter’s portrait will move to the Gallery of Distinguished Professors, located on the third floor of Alden Library outside the Friends of the Library Room.