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Classics Events

Spring 2019 Classics Events

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

TTU Classical Society Movie Nights

More events and information to follow.

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


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