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 2007-2008 Activities and Events

Date:  Thur. Nov. 1, 2007      Time:  5:30 - 6:30
Lecture:  by Prof. Jackie Murray entitled: "Well-behaved Goddesses: Hera and Aphrodite Clean up Their Act".
Location:    Davis Auditorium

How do poets proceed in the wake of earlier poets?  Jackie Murray, Assistant Professor of Classics at Temple University, will address this and other questions in her lecture on the Greek epicist Apollonius Rhodius, whose take on Hera and Aprhodite doubtless suprised his Homeric readers, and set the bar for Vergil and Ovid.  This lecture is of interest to readers of the Classics, as well as those who are interested in traditions of myth and poetry.

Date: Wed.  Nov. 28, 2007     Time:  6:00 - 7:00 
Guest Speaker Eduardo Zevallos '04
Location:  Tisch Learning Center - 301

                         Classics Gathering for all Classics Majors, Minors, and Wannabes

Please mark your calendars as we'll be having a long-overdue Classics Gathering so that we can all get to know each other, eat pizza, and talk about the various wonderful opportunities Classics presents.

Very special guests will include Eduardo Zevallos, '04, now happily teaching at the Moravian Academy in PA, as well as a quartet of current students who did archaeological fieldwork this past summer.

And — as if that weren't enough — we'll have a special prize for the best Classically-themed limerick in English, Greek, or Latin.  So get writing now!


Date:  Thursday, March 27, 2008       Time:  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Event:  Annual Classical World speaker
Lecture by: Robert E. Proctor entitled, "From Violence to Beauty: Roman Orgins of the Liberal Arts Tradition."
  Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

The history of education, especially in the history of the humanities and the liberal arts, is one of Prof. Robert Proctor's passions. His book, Education's Great Amnesia: Reconsidering the Humanities from Petrarch to Freud received the 1990 Association of American College's Frederic W. Ness Award as the book that contributed most to liberal learning. The book was reissued in paperback 1998 with the new title, Defining the Humanities: How Rediscovering a Tradition Can Improve our Schools. His lecture at Skidmore will sound themes from his current research project, a book-length study of the Roman origins of the liberal arts.

Sponsored by Classics, co-sponsored by English, Foreign Language, Government and the Honors Forum.


Date:  Saturday, April 5, 2008
Event:  Annual Bus Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Time:   The bus leaves Skidmore at 7:30 AM.  The bus will pick-up at the Met at 7:45.

Please mark your calendars!   More information to follow


Date:  Friday, April 18, 2008    Time:  9:45AM - 8:00 PM
Event: Parilia Conference
Location: Surrey Williamson Inn

The Classics Department of Skidmore College will Host a one-day undergraduate research conference in the discipline of Classical Studies -- Greek, Latin, Ancient History and Archaeology.  Faculty and student participation will be from Union College, Hamilton College and Colgate Collge, with students presenting papers followed by discussions.


Date:  Tuesday, April 29, 2008     Time:  5:30 - 7:00 PM
Event:  Annual Classics Department Picnic
Location: Vollyball Court next to Tang

Please join your peers and professors for our annual Classics Department picnic.  ECCE:

  • Free, fabulous food from our friends, the one and only PJ's BBQ!
  • Fun with faculty flying frisbees!
  • Fond farewells to our former freshmen, now seniors!
  • And, um, bocce ball.