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Classics Past Events

Fall 2018

Classics at CMLL Passport Party
When: Wednesday August 22nd, 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Foreign Language Building, main lobby
Description: Welcome to prospective students of Classical languages and cultures. Part of RaiderWelcome 2018.

"Lawgivers or Tyrants? Plutarch's Lives and the contested status of the "Founding Fathers" in Revolutionary-era America" - Dr. Sydnor Roy
When: Monday September 17th 2018, 5:30pm
Location: Senate Room, SUB
Description: Dr. Roy, Assistant Professor of Classics, Texas Tech University will be giving this talk as part of the Institute for Western Civilization's program on the Constitution and the American Character.
~For more information, click here

'Taming the Desert: The Brown University Petra Terraces Project' - Mr. Evan Levine
When: Thursday, September 27th 2018, at 5:30pm
Location: EDUC 0001
Description: Mr. Levine, PhD Student, JIAAW, Brown University will give us his insights into The Brown University Petra Terraces Project.
~ Co-supported by Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

'King Richard III: The Resolution of a 500 year old Cold Case' - Dr. Turi King
When: Thursday October 11th 2018, 5:30pm
Location: EDUC 0001
Description: Dr. King, Professor of Public Engagement and Reader in Genetics and Archaeology at the University of Leicester, will present the AIA Joukowsky Lecture of the American Institute of Archaeology - Lubbock Branch.

The TTU Classical Society Presents: "The Wicker Man"
When: Thursday October 18th, 7-9pm
Location: FL 105
Description: "A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there." (IMDb).

TTU Classics Day
When: Wednesday October 31st, 9:00am-2:30pm
Location: SUB (Student Union Building)
Description: TTU Classics hosts local high schools for a day of Greek and Roman culture, crafts, games, and more!
- For more information, contact Dr. William Tortorelli.

The TTU Classical Society Presents: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
When: Thursday November 8th, 7-9pm
Location: FL 105
Description: Based on the Classically-inspired play by Shakespeare. "Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love." (IMDb).

The TTU Classical Society Presents: "The Trojan Women"
When: Thursday November 29th, 7-9pm
Location: FL 105
Description: Based on Euripides' tragedy. "The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city." (IMDb).

*For our graduate workshop series, please see the graduate workshop page*

Spring 2018

The Treasures of Tutankhamun

When: January 8 - February 5th
Location: Lubbock Public Library - Patterson Branch
Description: This exhibition from Humanities Texas tells the story of ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun through the treasures found in his tomb.

"Amarna: Prelude to Tutankhamun" - Dr. Christopher Witmore

When: Tuesday January 23rd, 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Lubbock Public Library - Patterson Branch
Description: Dr. Witmore, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Texas Tech University, discusses the religious revolution of Tutankhamun's father, Akhenaten, and the world's first monotheism.

Geocriticism: journée d'étude, and lecture by Prof. Robert Tally

"The Geocritical Moment" - Dr. Robert Tally, Associate Professor of English, Texas State University

When: Friday February 16th, 4-5:30pm
Location: Student Union Building - Lubbock Room
Description:

- Journée d'étude

When: Saturday February 17th, 10am-4:00pm
Location: TTU Library, TLPDC 153?
Description: Panels on aspects of Geocriticism; co-organized by Dr. Carole Edwards, Dr. David Larmour, and Dr. Susan Larson of TTU's Dept of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures.

Participants include: Dr. Lucas Wood (TTU), Dr. Christopher Bains (TTU), Dr. Kristen Michelson (TTU), Dr. Carole Edwards (TTU), Dr. David Larmour (TTU), Dr. Don Lavigne (TTU), Dr. Jeremy McInerney (UPenn), Ms. Cait Mongrain (TTU), Ms. Crystal Rosenthal (UT-Arlington), Dr. Sydnor Roy (TTU), Dr. Christopher Witmore (TTU), Dr. Pamela Zinn (TTU), Dr. John Beusterien (TTU), Mr. Scott Gleason (Peripheral Vision Arts), Dr. Sara Guengerich (TTU), Dr. Susan Larson (TTU), Dr. Carmen Pereira-Muro (TTU), Dr. Brenden Regan (TTU), Dr. Julie Cook (TTU).

The TTU Classical Society Presents: "Plebs"

When: Tuesday February 27th, 7:00pm
Location: Foreign Language Building, Qualia Room
Description: The Classical Society will be showing 3 classics episodes of the BBC miniseries "Plebs".

"Social Identity in the Maya Hinterlands: Ancient Daily Life Meets Modern Heritage in Aguacate Village, Belize" - Dr. Claire Novotny

When: Thursday March 8th, 5:30pm
Location: TTU Livermore Center, Room 101
Description: Dr. Claire Novotny, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Kenyon College, will address the American Institute of Archaeology - Lubbock Branch on social identity in the Maya Hinterlands of Belize.

"Practicalities of Ancient Greek Sacrifice" - Dr. Jacob Morton

When: Wednesday, March 28th, 5:15pm
Location: Animal and Food Science 101
Description: Dr. Jacob Morton, Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College, will address the American Institute of Archaeology - Lubbock Branch, Meat Sciences, and Classics, on ancient Greek sacrificial practices.

'Food And ...' - 1st Annual Conference: The Humanities Center at Texas Tech

When: March 29th-31st
Location: Overton Hotel and TTU
Description: The Humanities Center's conference will include numerous papers on the theme 'Food And ...', including by distinguished Classicists from all over the world.

"Advanced Technology Sheds New Light on the House of the Drinking Contest at Antioch" - Dr. Dobbins

When: Thursday April 5th, 5:30pm
Location: TTU Livermore Center, Room 101
Description: Dr. John Dobbins, Professor of Roman Art, University of Virginia will present the National Lecture of the American Institute of Archaeology - Lubbock branch.

The TTU Classical Society Presents: "Gladiator"

When: Thursday April 5th, 7:00pm
Location: Foreign Language Building, Qualia Room
Description: The Classical Society will be showing the epic film about ancient Rome - where generals can become gladiators, and even emperors fight in the Colosseum!

The TTU Classical Society Presents: A CMLL Poetry Reading

When: Thursday April 19th, 5-6:30pm, FREE PIZZA, SNACKS, AND DRINKS!
Location: Foreign Language Building, Qualia Room
Description: WE INVITE STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF TO GIVE READINGS OF FAVORITE NON-ENGLISH POEMS, STORIES, PLAYS, AND SHORT PASSAGES. All are welcome, no need to perform. If you are interested in giving a reading, please let us know and, if possible, provide an English translation. We will schedule readings for the first hour and provide English translations for the audience to follow along. The last portion will be an open mike!

The Classical Period: Practical and Theoretical Reflections

by Joseph Farrell, Professor of Classical Studies, Mark K. and Esther W. Watkins Professor in the Humanities (University of Pennsylvania) and President of the Society for Classical Studies

When: Monday April 30th, 4:00pm
Location: Qualia Room (basement of Foreign Language Building)
Description: The concept of "the classical world" has been foundational to the study of Greek and Roman literature, history, art, and archaeology since the centuries. Yet the chronological boundaries of this world have long tended to differ across the various subdisciplines of Classical Studies. Moreover, the exceptional unity of the classical world as posited by the founders of the discipline has come to seem increasingly questionable in recent years (or really decades at this point), along with the aptness of the word "classical" to describe that world. In this paper I will offer some theoretical reflections on these points in relation to a current project of my own, which is to edit a new, "comprehensive" history of classical literature.

Co-sponsored by The Humanities Center at Texas Tech

The TTU Classical Society Presents: "Life of Brian"

When: Monday April 30th, 7:00pm
Location: Foreign Language Building, Qualia Room
Description: The Classical Society will be showing this memorable comedy - a must for anyone who likes Latin graffiti! (Note: contains some comedic material about religion)

Fall 2017

September:

  • AIA Lecture Series
Teillager 6, Sværholt: The Archaeology of a POW camp in Finnmark, Arctic Norway 
Who: Dr. Christopher Witmore, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Texas Tech University
When/Where: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:30pm in HUMSCI 226.
*Please see the Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock for additional information and upcoming events.*

October:

  • Classics and Mythology Movie Series
Clash of the Titans (1984), directed by D. Davis
When/Where: Tuesday October 3 at 7:30PM in the Qualia Room
(in the basement of the Foreign Language Building).
*Please see the Tech Classical Society Facebook page for additional information and upcoming events.*

 

  • Texas Tech Classics Day
A celebration of local high school Latin programs, including a public, dramatic reading of a Latin play in Latin (with subtitles for Latinless)!
When: October 25 from 10AM - 4PM
Where: Foreign Language Building, Texas Tech University, on 18th St. Between Boston Ave. and Flint Ave.
*For more information on Classics Day, please contact Dr. William Tortorelli* (william.tortorelli@ttu.edu)

 

  • AIA Lecture Series: Jukowsky Lecture
The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini)
Who: Floyd McCoy, Professor of Geology, Geophysics, and Oceanography, University of Hawaii - Windward
When/Where: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30pm in HUMSCI 226
Description:
This Archaeological Institute of America Joukowsky Lecture will discuss how a vibrant maritime culture, in close communication with the Minoans on Crete, was vaporized in a several-day volcanic explosion with ash fall, pyroclastic flows and surges, earthquakes, multiple tsunami, and possibly resulting climate change. These effects were felt throughout the eastern Mediterranean region and as far north as the Black Sea. Residues of the Cycladic culture – cities (Akrotiri), farmsteads, landscape, soils, household goods, and more – are preserved today on Santorini beneath a thick blanket of volcanic material that provides stunning documentation of a thriving society 3600 years ago.

November:

  • CMLL Classics Invited Lecture
Lemnos, Athens and the Hephaisteion
Jeremy McInerney, Davidson Kennedy Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
When/Where: Thursday November 9th, 4:00-5:30 PM in the Qualia Room (in the basement of the Foreign Language Building).

 

  • Classics and Mythology Movie Series
Medea (1969) directed by P. P. Pasolini
When/Where: Wednesday November 1, Time and Location TBD

 

Troy (2004) directed by W. Peterson
When/Where: Wednesday November 15, Time and Location TBD

 

O' Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) directed by the Cohen Brothers
When/Where: Tuesday November 28, Time and Location TBD

 

  • AIA Lecture Series
Yucatec Maya Exhumation Ceremonies and their Implications for Bioarchaeological Research. 
Who: Anna Novotny, Assistant Professor of Bioarchaeology, Texas Tech University
When/Where: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30pm in HUMSCI 226

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