Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics

Conversations with Oedipus

October 20-22, 2014

Loyola University Maryland will host a three-day conversation on the contemporary value of ancient theater that includes free public lectures, educational workshops, and a free production of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King.  The goal of “Conversations with Oedipus” is to teach about the enduring value of Greek drama, to show how ancient literature still has something important to say, and, moreover, to demonstrate that we as a community can employ the lessons and messages of these timeless works for social and political purposes aimed at improving our current state.


Monday, 20 October, 6:00pm, Fourth Floor Program Room

Dr. David Jacobson (Loyola University Maryland)

"Looking Back with a View Forward: Greek Tragedy and Our Community"

Tuesday, 21 October, 6:00pm, McManus Theater

Dr. Al Duncan (University of Utah, Salt Lake City), "Oedipus Panopticus: Searching Like a State"

Wednesday, 22 October, 10am-2pm, location TBA

Theater and masks workshop for students, led by Dr. Amy R. Cohen (Randolph College)

Wednesday, 22 October, 7:00pm, McGuire Hall

Oedipus the King, an original practices production performed by the Randolph College Greek Play, directed by Dr. Amy R. Cohen.   A discussion with the cast, director, and scholars of ancient theater will follow the show.  Seating for this performance is limited.  To reserve will-call tickets, please contact Dr. David Jacobson.  To pick up tickets, please come to the will-call tables at least 25 minutes prior to the start of the show. 

Learn more about the masks that will be used in the play here and here.


This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.  We also thank for their support the Center for the Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, the Honors Program, Student Activities, Education for Life, the Classics Department, and the English Department, Randolph College, and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.

For more information please email Dr. David Jacobson.