ESP Biography



LANCE OZIER, ESP Teacher




Major: Applied Mathematics; English

College/Employer: WGBH Educational Foundation

Year of Graduation: 1973

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My day job is VP of Planning and Policy at WGBH, Boston's public broadcasting outlet and national production center, but I am passionate about music, poetry, and the history of science. I have a BS in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech and an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have taught at SPLASH since 1998, and HSSP since 1999.



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


How to Read a Poem in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn eight simple steps to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


Glorious Music in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical music of the 20th century, including pieces by Orff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Respighi, Gershwin, and Puccini.


The Sonnet in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from Shakespeare to e. e. cummings. Because it has certain rules, it poses creative challenges for any poet, but as a result can yield poems that astonish and delight. Come see how poets have met the challenges and reaped the rewards over the past 400 years.


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Only 500 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Come learn how five men, two supernovas, and the Black Plague changed all that.


How to Read a Poem in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, as the poet T. S. Eliot once wrote, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn eight simple techniques to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


The Sonnet in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from Shakespeare to e. e. cummings. Because it has certain rules, it poses creative challenges for any poet, but as a result can yield poems that astonish and delight. Come see how poets have met the challenges and reaped the rewards over the past 400 years.


Glorious Music in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical music of the 20th century, including pieces by Orff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Respighi, Gershwin, Puccini and more!


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in Splash! 2012 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2012)
Only 500 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Come learn how five men, two supernovas, and the Black Plague changed all that.


The Sonnet in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from Shakespeare to e. e. cummings. Because it has certain rules, it poses creative challenges for any poet, but as a result can yield poems that astonish and delight. Come see how poets have met the challenges and reaped the rewards over the past 400 years.


How to Read a Poem in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn some simple ways to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


Glorious Music in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical music of the 20th century, including pieces by Orff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Respighi, Gershwin, Puccini and more!


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Only 500 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Come learn how five men, two supernovas, and the Black Plague changed all that.


The Sonnet in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from Shakespeare to ee cummings. Because it has certain rules, it poses creative challenges for any poet, but as a result can yield poems that astonish and delight. Come see how poets have met the challenges and reaped the rewards over the past 400 years.


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Only 500 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Come learn how five men, two supernovas, and the Black Plague changed all that.


Glorious Music in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical music of the early 20th century, including pieces by Orff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Respighi, Gershwin, and Puccini.


How to Read a Poem in Splash! 2010 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2010)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what is going on? Or, as the poet T. S. Eliot once wrote, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn eight simple techniques to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


How to Read a Poem in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn some simple ways to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


The Sonnet in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from Shakespeare to e. e. cummings. Because it must follow certain rules, it poses creative challenges for any poet, but as a result can yield poems that astonish and delight. Come see how poets have met the challenges and reaped the rewards over the past 400 years.


Glorious Music in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical music of the 20th century, including pieces by Orff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Respighi, Gershwin, and Puccini.


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
About 500 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Come learn how five men, two supernovas, and the Black Plague changed all that.


How Poetry Works in HSSP Spring 2009 (Mar. 14, 2009)
Poems aren't like regular speech; at first glance, they are sometimes confusing and hard to understand. But if you know how they work, you can see how powerful and beautiful many poems are. In this course we will explore simple poetic elements such as rhythm, rhyme, figures of speech, lineation, and other uses of language, then apply them to see how poems work. We will study classic poems by Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson, cummings, Yeats, Frost, and Eliot, as well as more contemporary works by Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, and Wislawa Szymborska.


How to Read a Poem in Spark! Spring 2009 (Mar. 07, 2009)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, as the poet T. S. Eliot once wrote, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn some simple techniques to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


The Sonnet in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from Shakespeare to e. e. cummings. Because it has certain rules, it poses creative challenges for any poet, but as a result can yield poems that astonish and delight. Come see how poets have met the challenges and reaped the rewards over the past 400 years.


Glorious Music in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical music of the early 20th century, including pieces by Orff, Stravinsky, Ravel, Respighi, Gershwin, and Puccini.


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Come learn how five men, two supernovas, and the Black Plague changed all that.


How to Read a Poem in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, as the poet T. S. Eliot once wrote, have you “had the experience but missed the meaning”? In this class you will learn some simple techniques to help you make more sense of the poems you read.


How to Read a Poem in SPLASHONWHEELS (2008)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. ...


The Sonnet in SPLASHONWHEELS (2008)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from ...


How Poetry Works in HSSP (2007)
Poems aren't like regular speech; at first glance, they are sometimes confusing and hard to understand. But if you know ...


Glorious Music in SPLASH (2007)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious orchestral ...


How to Read a Poem in SPLASH (2007)
Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. ...


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in SPLASH (2007)
500 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2007)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2007)
This class is a repeat of L-589. The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. ...


Dancing in Chains: Fixed Forms in Poetry, Part 1 in FIREHOSE (2006)
Some forms of poetry are defined by various boundary conditions, resulting in interesting interactions between form and content (e.g., have ...


Dancing in Chains: Fixed Forms in Poetry, Part 2 (The Sonnet) in FIREHOSE (2006)
This is Part 2 of a two-part course, but may be taken without taking Part 1 (see L-12 above). The ...


How Poetry Works in HSSP (2006)
Poems aren't like regular speech; at first glance, they are sometimes confusing and hard to understand. But if you know ...


The Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in SPLASHONWHEELS (2006)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only ...


The Sonnet in SPLASHONWHEELS (2006)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from ...


Beyond the Sonnet: Other Fixed Forms in Poetry in SPLASH (2006)
Besides the sonnet, there are many other kinds of poems where the size and other aspects of the poem are ...


Glorious Music in SPLASH (2006)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical ...


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in SPLASH (2006)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2006)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2006)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It


Glorious Music in SPLASH (2005)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical ...


The Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in SPLASH (2005)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2005)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from ...


Glorious Music in SPLASH (2004)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical ...


Origins of Modern Science in SPLASH (2004)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2004)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It’s been used by great poets from ...


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in SPLASH (2003)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2003)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It's been used by great poets from ...


Glorious Music in SPLASH (2002)
Sure, you've heard of Beethoven and Bach. We'll start there, but move quickly to some of the most glorious classical ...


Origins of Modern Science from Copernicus to Newton in SPLASH (2002)
Only 400 years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only ...


The Sonnet in SPLASH (2002)
The sonnet is one of the oldest and most durable forms of poetry. It has been used by great poets ...


How Poetry Works in HSSP (2001)
Poems aren't like regular speech; at first glance, they are sometimes confusing and hard to understand. But if you know ...


How Poetry Works in HSSP (2000)
Poems aren't like regular speech; at first glance, they are sometimes confusing and hard to understand. But if you know ...


How Poetry Works in HSSP (1999)
<CENTER> "A poem is a small or large machine made of words." -William Carlos Williams </CENTER><P> Poems aren't like regular ...


How Poetry Works in SPLASH (1999)
Second half of L-03.1. See above for details. Prerequisite: L-03.1


How Poetry Works in SPLASH (1999)
Have you ever read a poem and had no idea what it was about? Did it seem like a lot ...


Reading Poetry from the Inside Out in SPLASH (1998)
Second half of L-05.1. See above for details.