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Classics Past Events

Spring 2019

Addressing Racism in Classics: A workshop and discussion forum
When: Monday, January 28th, 2-3:30 pm
Location: Qualia Room
Description: For more information and reading materials, contact Dr. Sydnor Roy.

Roman Archaeology Job Talk I
When: Tuesday February 12th, 4:45-5:45pm
Location: Qualia Room

Roman Archaeology Job Talk II
When: Friday February 15th, 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Qualia Room

Roman Archaeology Job Talk III
When: Monday February 18th, 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Qualia Room

The TTU Institute for the Study of Western Civilization presents:
Boethius and His Legacy - Dr. Kenneth Hawley
When: Monday February 25th, 6:00pm
Location: Escondido Theater, SUB
Description: Dr. Kenneth Hawley, Professor of English and Director of the Brian S. Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies, Lubbock Christian University, notes: The early sixth century philosopher Boethius has been described as "the last of the ancients and the first of the medievals". He certainly constitutes a major link between those two thought worlds. Boethius made a great contribution to early medieval philosophy through his translations of Plato and other thinkers from Greek to Latin. But his major original work, "The Consolations of Philosophy" both inspired and deeply worried his medieval readers. Why this was so, together with Boethius general significance as a critical bridge between two ages, will be the subject of Dr. Hawley's Lecture.

The Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock branch presents:
Booms and Busts in the Prehistoric Landscapes of the Mazi Plain - Dr. Alex Knodell
When: Wednesday March 20th, 5:30pm
Location: EDUC 0001
Description: Dr. Alex Knodell, Assistant Professor of Classics and Archaeology, Carleton College will present on ancient landscapes of the Mazi plain, located in Northwest Attica in Greece.
Co-sponsored with the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, and the Humanities Center

The TTU ''The Animal' in the Humanities Working Group' presents:
Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference
When: Thursday March 21st - Saturday March 23rd
Location: Student Union Building, English, Landmark Arts Gallery, and Livestock Arena.
Description: The conference brings together scholars from many disciplines to explore the complicated relationships that animals and language have with one another in human understanding. It includes papers by distinguished Classicists from all over the world. For more information, click here.

The TTU Institute for the Study of Western Civilization presents:
The Invention of Practical Rationality - Dr. Josiah Ober
When: Wednesday March 27th, 6:00 pm
Location: Senate Room, Student Union Building
Description: Dr. Josiah Ober, Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University, will treat the development of 'practical reason' in Classical Greece.

The Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock branch presents:
The Via Pumpaiiana: A Biography - Dr. Eric E. Poehler
When: Thursday April 4th, 5:30 pm
Location: MEN 00132
Description: Dr. Eric E. Poehler, Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Massachusetts - Amherst will present the AIA National Lecture on the Via Pumpaiiana in ancient Pompeii.
Co-sponsored with the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work

The Judean Alexander Romance - Dr. Ory Amitay
When: Thursday, April 11th, 5-6:30pm
Location: Qualia Room
Description: Dr. Amitay, Dept of History, Univ. of Haifa, will query the relatively little known epsilon version of the Alexander Romance to reconstruct a "new" ancient source, written during the brief period of Seleukid rule in Judea. For more information click here.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of CMLL and History, The Humanities Center at TTU, The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at TTU, and the TTU Classical Society

The TTU Institute for the Study of Western Civilization presents:
The Origins of the Silk Route - Professor Jeremy McInerney
When: Wednesday April 24th, 6:00pm
Location: Qualia Room, Foreign Language Building
Description: Dr. Jeremy McInerney, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania writes: "By the second century AD the sporadic episodes of population movement and cultural contact across the central Euarasian Steppes had given way to the development of a complex trade network: the Silk Route. The working hypothesis of this paper is that this transformation was accomplished by Alexander the Great. While in the Upper Satrapies, Alexander learned of a vast territorial empire beyond the Pamir Mountains. The cost of territorial expansion into western China, however, was prohibitively expensive, and unnecessary provided he could secure the wealth of the silk route trade by the control of nodes along the network. This led, I argue, to the founding of cities as "trade and tax" stations, such as Merv and Khojend, facilitating the transformation of the Silk Route from a scattered, intermittent and episodic contact region into a fully fledged trade zone, driving the growth of major imperial states at either end (Rome, China) as well as fueling the rise of intermediate states (Parthia and Kushan). If this is correct then it makes necessary a reevaluation of ancient concepts of imperial hegemony: Hellenistic empires, like the Seleucids', were based not on the acquisition of land, but on resource extraction and controlling the flow of goods through strategic corridors of territory."

The Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock branch presents:
Fresh from the Field: Mapping a Newly Recorded Maya Ceremonial Center - Dr. Brett Houk
When: Thursday April 25th, 5:30 pm
Location: MEN 00132
Description: Dr. Brett Houk, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Texas Tech University will present cutting edge research on a previously unrecorded Maya ceremonial center.

Why We Drink Alcohol: A Paleogenetic Approach to Understanding Alcohol and Alcoholism - Dr. Matthew Carrigan
When: Friday May 3rd, 5:00pm
Location: Escondido Theater, SUB
Description: Dr. Matthew Carrigan, Department of Natural Sciences, Santa Fe College, will discuss the evolution of the genes involved in alcohol metabolism to ask questions about why our primate ancestors first sought out ethanol as a dietary benefit, presumably because ethanol was present in fermenting fruit. In much the same way we are wired to enjoy sugar, salt, and fat, ethanol addiction may arise from over-consumption of a resource that was once scarce but important. This talk will explore how paleogenetics can inform us about the evolutionary underpinnings of modern medical problems such as alcoholism. Dr. William Tortorelli, of TTU's Classics program, will discuss the relevance of Dr. Carrigan's work for our understanding of the role of inebriants in the history of civilization.
Co-sponsored by the Honors College, The Humanities Center, The Departments of Biological Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management, and Plant and Soil Science - program in Viticulture and Enology

"Saturday Seminar"
When: TBD, either Saturday April 27th or Saturday May 4th
Location: TBD
Description: An event for local K-12 Classics teachers and those interested in teaching at the K-12 level. Presentations on new areas of research in Classics and on pedagogy. For more information, contact Dr. Sydnor Roy.

Weekly Classics Study Hall
When: Mondays 4-6pm
Location: Varies. Please see the Tech Classical Society Facebook page for announcements. (link to Facebook page).
Description: A dedicated time for Classics students at all levels to gather over snacks and study Latin and Greek together. For more information, contact: Tech Classical Society or Dr. Sydnor Roy

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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