Professor of English Tom Greenfield kicked off the mini-lecture series presented by Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society) today, giving an exciting and entertaining look into dandyism and the witticisms of Oscar Wilde. The mini-lecture series, Celebrate Literature, connects a mini-lecture from a Geneseo English faculty member with the theme of the month (Oscar Wilde’s birthday is in October).
Dr. Greenfield got the lecture off on the right note with a song. Readings from Wilde’s work interspersed with the history of his life and career were educational but not without hilarity. After hearing excerpts from Wilde’s plays including An Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance, Dr. Greenfield asked the students to script their own small scene of witticisms. The crowd was burstling with enthusiasm as the students paired into small groups and created their own scene. Two groups were asked to briefly act out their scene, and their witty performances were greeted with applause and laughter.
The lecture was a great success and set the tone for the rest of the series. The next lecture in the series is Dr. Caroline Woidat’s “Native American Thanksgiving: Food for Thought,” Thursday, November 17th at 4:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge in the Union.