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A few months ago I was interviewed by Victoria Ellwood for the Spring 2015 issue of the OSU College of Arts & Sciences magazine ASCENT about my winning one of the inaugural Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards last year. The generous award included a fund to help develop innovative teaching projects at Ohio State. You can read the article by clicking here, but due to space constraints, it could not be published in full. Nonetheless, I thought Minus Plato would be a good place to share the missing section:
Said Richard Fletcher, “I was truly honored to receive one of the inaugural awards, not only because it recognizes my general dedication to teaching but also because it acknowledges the significance of a new direction my teaching and research have taken — focusing on the dynamic relationship between ancient Greek and Roman culture and modern and contemporary art.” He said the award is a timely validation of his new initiatives and new collaborations with entities including the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Departments of Art and Art History, the Humanities Institute, the Urban Arts Space and the Arts Initiative, as well as COR&P (Center for Ongoing Research & Projects) and the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
“The Ratner Award not only confirms the importance of my crossover work between classics and contemporary art, but also enables me to deepen and strengthen this engagement in vital and exciting ways,” he added.
It seems fitting to announce here the project that I will be using the Ratner Award funds to support. It is called Myths of the Academy and will take place in Spring 2016.