Reading and Study Groups

Space and complimentary refreshments are provided to reading and study groups meeting at the Institute.

The Collaborative on Multilingual Learners meets once or twice a quarter to discuss issues and current research concerning domestic college students who speak multiple languages and face the challenges of academic writing and culture.  The collaborative is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students from the OSU campuses of Columbus, Marion, and Newark.  For information, contact Russell Clark ( or Karen Macbeth (

The Diversity Enhancement Program Research Working Group provides a supportive environment for junior faculty from under-represented groups to present their work in progress and to receive constructive feedback and encouragement from their peers and from senior faculty across the College of the Arts and Sciences. The goal is to offer these junior faculty members concrete suggestions to improve their research and writing projects, typically a draft of a book chapter or substantial essay. For further information, please contact Joe Ponce (

The Lacan Study Group is dedicated to reading and discussing the published seminars of the Parisian psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The text for 2010-2011 is Seminar VIII: Transference (1960-1961). Lacan’s Transference seminar is centrally concerned with the topic of love, which Lacan explores through an extended reading of Plato’s Symposium [aka The Banquet]. This reading group meets every two or three weeks, on a Sunday mid-afternoon for about two hours. For further information, contact Robert Hughes (

The Renaissance Dissertation Seminar meets twice per quarter to discuss works-in-progress--including dissertation chapters, dissertation prospectuses, journal articles, and other essays--by graduate students specializing in English Renaissance Literature and History. For information, contact Alan Farmer (

The Renaissance Reading Group meets once or twice a quarter (usually on a Thursday at 6:30 pm) to discuss primary or secondary works relevant to the study of Renaissance literature and culture. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Luke Wilson (