Texas Tech University

Classics Past Events

Fall 2017


  • 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.*


  • 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
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.


  • 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).
*Please click here for a description of the talk.*


  • 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


Guest Speakers

Dr. Graham Harman

Dr. Graham Harman, Associate Provost for Research and Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, spoke at Texas Tech on February 11th as the 2014 Haragan Lecture. His talk, “Ecology without Networks,” examined the ecological theories of Bruno Latour.

Dr. Thomas K. Hubbard

Dr. Thomas Hubbard, Professor of Classics at UT Austin, gave a lecture at Texas Tech on March 3, 2014, entitled “Changing Attitudes toward Homosexuality in the Athenian Democracy.”

Dr. Ellen Greene

Dr. Ellen Greene, Presidential Professor of Classics at Oklahoma University, gave a lecture on the new Sappho fragment.

Dr. Tim Johnson

Dr. Tim Johnson, Professor of Classics at College of Charleston, presented a lecture entitled “Lyric Madness: Playing Politics with Rage” on Friday, April 4th, 2014.

Faculty Presentations

Josh Willms (Honors)/Dr. David Larmour, TTU: “An evening of Greek and Roman Combat Sports”

Dr. Don Lavigne: Virginia Tech, "Archilochus' 'Cologne Epode'" and TTU Comp Lit, "Performative Dimensions of Archaic Epigram"

Dr. Corby Kelly: Texas Tech, “Latin Poetry: Text, Performance, and Interpretation”; TTU Comp Lit, “Elision In Catullus' Elegiac Poetry”

Dr. Christopher Witmore gave an invited lecture at the beginning of March at Aarhus University in Denmark entitled: "Chorography, Topology, Archaeology."

Dr. David Larmour gave a talk "Into the Labyrinth: Juvenal's Search for Rome" and conducted a Workshop on Landscape and Memory in the Distant Worlds Research Group at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich, Abteilung für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie , 5-7 May, 2014. He also taught a seminar on Juvenal Satire 4.

Dr. David Larmour gave a talk "Classics in the Cosmopolis: Some Thoughts On the Future of a Discipline" at the Univ. of Palermo in Sicily in June 2014.

AIA Speakers

Dr. Ömür Harmansah-Joukowsky

Coming to Texas Tech from the Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, Dr. Harmansah-Joukowsky presented a lecture on January 23rd, entitled “The Story of the Red Mountain: Memory and Landscape in Hittite Anatolia.” In this presentation, he discussed his research on what happens to Anatolian rock monuments in the long term, in connection with the idea of “place-making.”

Dr. Katherine Huntley

An Assistant Professor of History at Boise State, Dr. Katherine Huntley gave a presentation at Texas Tech on April 3rd, entitled “Identifying Children's Graffiti in Roman Campania.” In this talk, Dr. Huntley presented her research, which attempts to identify traces of children's activity through ancient graffiti, primarily in Pompeii.

Dr. Stephen Harvey

Dr. Stephen Harvey, an Assistant Professor of History at Stony Brook University, gave a presentation on his research, entitled “Egypt's Last Royal Pyramids: The Monuments of King Ahmose at Abydos.” Dr. Harvey discussed the previously overlooked significance of the site of Abydos, based on its lost pyramids, inscriptions, and monuments.

Grad Student Placements

  • Evan Levine - Accepted into the Ph.D. program at Brown University.
  • Justin Miller - Accepted into the Ph.D. program at Harvard University.

Conference Presentations by Graduate Students

Ron Orr

Boston University: Death and Mortality in the Ancient World
Paper: "The Foreknowledge of Mortality in Herodotus: Fate, Prophecy and Escaping the Inevitable"

Evan Levine

Ohio State University: Walking the Line: Limits and Boundaries in the Ancient World
Paper: "Separating History from Archaeology at Mycenae"

Texas Tech University: 46th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium: Representing Reality in Text and Image
Paper: “The Hipponactean Body and Abjection”

University of New Mexico: Shared Knowledge Conference 2014
Paper: “Searching for Agamemnon: Separating History from Archaeology at Mycenae”

Edgar A Garcia

University of New Mexico: Shared Knowledge Conference 2014
Paper: “Personal Voice and Landscape in Archaic Greek Lyric Poetry”

University of British Columbia: The Time Is Out of Joint: Disjointed Narratives, Weird Chronologies and Yawning Bridges to the Ancient Past
Paper: "Sailing into the Past: Apollonius and the Poetics of Colonialism"

Cait Mongrain

Harvard University: Twists of Fate: Coincidence, Accident and Chance in the Ancient World
Paper: "Roman Historians and the Arena of Happenstance: Crafting the Spectacular Narrative"


Dr. Christopher Witmore has won fellowships at the National Humanities Center at the University of North Carolina and the Norwegian Institute of Advanced Study.

Ashley Maloney: a team favorite - Texas Tech Baseball team recognized faculty who play an integral part in student-athletes' education and honored these "team favorite" faculty members at the Men's Baseball game on Saturday, March 8th at Rip Griffin Park. The faculty had the opportunity to stand on the field next to their student-athlete during the singing of the National Anthem.

Scholarships & Prizes

Professor David D. Perlmutter, Dean of the College of Media and Communication, established a Classics Scholarship Fund.

The Julian Frederick Suppe Classics Study Abroad Prize, awarded to Ryan Glidewell (2014).

Greek Composition Prize- sponsored by Dr. David Larmour, awarded to Cait Mongrain (2014); Justin Miller (2015).

The Nana Friedman Travel Prize- a travel award for a student traveling to Jordan to participate in the Barqa Landscape Project.


Archaeology Day

120 Latin students from local high schools visited campus on April 4th. They heard our visiting speaker Dr. Huntley give a talk, participated in a Classics Education Fair lead by our graduate students, and had a campus tour.

Classical Language & Literature Studies