Montana State University

Playwright to reflect on relationship between fly fishing and teaching

August 24, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Award-winning playwright and dramatist John Orlock will lead a philosophical discussion on the art and sport of fly fishing and its inherent relationship to teaching and learning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman.

Orlock will deliver Montana State University's annual Margaret and Harry Hausser Lecture and will share his reflections on the intersections "between art, teaching, history, and how a well-cast Quill Gordon or a well-delivered lecture can be instrumental in shaping the life of both teacher and student." Orlock will also read excerpts from several of his plays.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy and is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and a reception will follow in the Emerson Center lobby.

Orlock is a recipient of writing fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Blue Mountain Colony among others. His screenplay, "The End-of-Summer Guest" was awarded the third-place prize in the 2009 American Screenwriters Association International Screenplay Competition. Now a member of the English Department at Case Western Reserve University, where he holds the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Chair in Humanities, Orlock has received the university's Carl F. Wittke Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching. Currently he conducts a popular undergraduate seminar, titled "Fly-Fishing: the Sport, the Metaphysics, and the Literature."

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or