On Saturday, April 28 at 1:15 p.m., Prof. Craig Mattson of Trinity Christian College will present a dramatic reading of the Book of Job. "Words Out of the Whirlwind: An Oral Interpretation of the
Book of Job" will be hosted from 1:15–2:15pm in Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall. It will be preceded by the workshop “Reading Aloud So Others Can Hear” with a pizza lunch in the Geddes Hall coffee house, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Public reading has long had an important place in Western
culture, thanks to lectures, teleprompters, and lectionaries. But even outside
education, political campaigns, and the church, the prevalence of audio
players, recorded books, and podcasts have only heightened the importance of
the human voice reading in public. This workshop offers instruction in reading
aloud by inviting attenders to join an informal chamber-theatre performance.
This communal oral interpretation project will be interspersed with instruction
from the instructor and evaluative participation from those attenders who make
up the audience. The aim of the workshop
is to show how attention to great texts clears space for shared consideration
of human concerns. It will be followed by an oral performance of the Book of
Job, which aims at making a traditionally difficult scriptural text more
accessible through performance. The events are co-sponsored by the Program of Liberal Studies.
Bio: Mattson has studied oral interpretation at the undergraduate and master’s levels. Besides participating in educational theatre, he has performed in one-person shows based on historical figures and has read numerous audio books during his decade of radio broadcasting. Mattson now teaches rhetoric and communication at Trinity Christian College, a religious liberal arts college on the south side of Chicago.