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Fall 2019 Classics Events

Classics at the CMLL Passport Party
When: Wednesday, August 21st, 1-2pm
Location: CMLL Building Lobby
Description: This is an official Raider Welcome 2019 event. Students can get information on CMLL's academic programs, student organizations, and study abroad programs. While learning about all that CMLL has to offer, students will get their 'Passport' stamped, meet the faculty, and enjoy snacks and conversation with people who share their interests. There will be door prizes, photographers, social media opportunities, and more!

Classics at the Study Abroad Fair
When: Thursday, Sept. 19th, 10am-3pm
Location: SUB Ballroom
Description: Classics will be promoting its new summer Study Abroad Program in Siracusa, Italy, beginning Summer I 2020 (May 31st to June 30th). The program is open to Honors students and Classics majors and minors. For more details, click here.

The Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock branch presents:
A Classicist on Easter Island - Professor David Larmour
When: Thursday, September 26th, 5:30pm
Location: CMLL 105
Description: Dr. Larmour, Horn Professor of Classics, Texas Tech University and Honorary Professor, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham, will read the landscape and sights of Rapa Nui through a classical lens, with particular reference to gazing at moai statues, the heroic "Birdman Contest", and admonitory narratives of environmental degradation. For the event poster, please click here.

Distinguished Visiting Speaker in Classics:
Dr. Maureen J. Alden, Former Senior Lecturer in Classics, Queen's University of Belfast; Research Associate of Trinity College, Dublin.
When: October 8-14th
Location: See below
Description: Dr. Alden is author of such notable works as Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the Frame (Oxford 2017) and Homer Beside Himself: Para-Narratives in the Iliad (Oxford 2001). Her visit thus represents an opportunity for us to engage with a world-famous scholar of Homer and the epic tradition. She also has expertise in the classical resonances within contemporary Irish poetry.

The TTU Classical Society presents:
Odysseus, the Cyclops, and the Seven Sages: Performing Wisdom in Tight Corners - Dr. Maureen Alden
When: Tuesday, Oct 8th, 5pm
Location: CMLL Qualia Room
Description: The annual TTU Classical Society talk. For the event poster, click here.

Babies in Iliad Book 6: Astyanax and Dionysus - Dr. Maureen Alden
When: Thursday, Oct 10th, 2-4pm, EDUC 340
Location: Dr. Larmour's Graduate Seminar
Description: Dr. Alden will give a seminar on Homer. This seminar will be open to Classics graduate students and faculty.

The TTU Humanities Center presents:
Michael Longley's 'Ceasefire' and the Iliad - Dr. Maureen Alden
When: Monday, Oct 14th, 5.30-7.00pm
Location: ENGL 201
Description: Dr. Alden will speak on Homer's Iliad and the contemporary poet Michael Longley. Michael Longley's Ceasefire made what the poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill described as 'its first electrifying appearance' in The Irish Times on Saturday 3rd September 1994, after the Irish Republican Army announced a ceasefire from midnight on 31st August 1994. The poem 'was dynamic and rippled right through the community, both North and South, having a galvanising effect' as people struggled with the difficulty of overcoming the past, of trying to break a cycle of violence. Ceasefire connects the Trojan War with the worst atrocities of the Northern Irish 'Troubles'. This talk is open to the public.

The Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock branch presents:
Storing and Packaging for the Roman Empire - Dr. Caroline Cheung
When: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 5:30 pm
Location: EDUC 001
Description: Dr. Caroline Cheung, Assistant Professor of Classics, Princeton University. 'Rome's far-flung territorial empire had a sophisticated regime for the storage and distribution of food to feed the city of Rome. Before refrigeration and major advances in transportation, the orchestration of this colossal apparatus relied heavily on artisans, farmers, porters, and other workers living in the shadow of the epicenter of a Mediterranean empire. This talk examines the storage and packaging containers and their industries for the Roman wine trade, with special focus on the dolium, the largest type of container in antiquity. Used primarily for the fermentation and storage of wine, dolia were expensive and labor-intensive investments. Studying dolia brings to light the ingenuity, cross-craft fertilizations, collaborations, and social and economic constraints of humble craftspeople living and working in the Roman Empire.'

The Archaeological Institute of America - Lubbock branch presents:
Tiwanaku - Dr. Anna Guengerich and Dr. John Janusek
When: Thursday, Nov 7th, 5:30 pm
Location: CMLL 105
Description: Dr. Guengerich, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, and Dr. Janusek, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University. TBA.
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Distinguished Visiting Speaker in Classics:
Professor Paul Allen Miller, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina
When: Monday, November 11th
Location: See below
Description: Professor Miller, at last count, was author of 9 books and 14 edited volumes on a range of literary, comparative, theoretical and psychoanalytical subjects. His visit thus represents an opportunity for us to engage with a scholar of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary renown.

Horace, the Roman Socrates - Prof. Paul Allen Miller
When: Monday, November 11th, 12-1pm
Location: CMLL Qualia Room
Description: Professor Miller will give a lunchtime seminar on Horace for Classics students and faculty.

Plato as World Literature - Prof. Paul Allen Miller
When: Monday, November 11th, 5 pm
Location: CMLL Qualia Room
Description: Professor Miller will present a public lecture on Plato as world literature. A Platonic world view generally undergirds our assumptions about what it means to do science, what it means to have an evidence-based attitude toward the world, and what we understand to constitute the truth: a correspondence between my perception of objects in the world and the categories we use to define them. Plato is world literature not simply because Plato is read all over the world, but more significantly that Plato through a profound imaginative and poetic act of creativity brought our world into being.
For more information, click here.

Weekly Classics Study Hall
When: Mondays, 2-4pm
Location: CMLL 119
Description: The Tech Classical Society offers a dedicated study hall for Classics students at all levels to gather over snacks and study Latin and Greek together. Students of all levels and in all classes are welcome, although the focus will be on the languages. For more information, contact: Tech Classical Society or Dr. Sydnor Roy.

TTU Classical Society Movie Nights

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

More events and information to follow.

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