"Joe's Odyssey" is part lecture, part musical performance and part interactive discussion of Homer's "Odyssey." The event, hosted by the BGSU Department of World Languages and Culture, is free and open to the public. Joe Goodkin's performance draws upon his bachelor's degree in classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his years as a professional musician. His performance represents in a contemporary musical mode both the abridged plot and the performance circumstances of Homer's original oral composition.
The centerpiece of the program is a 30-minute continuous performance of 24 original songs with lyrics inspired by Odysseus' famous exploits. Goodkin has performed his Odyssey more than 260 times in the U.S. and Canada.
The event is co-sponsored by the departments of history, English and theatre & film.