Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series Addresses Role of Classics in Liberal Arts

On Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, and Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, the College’s Department of Classics will present the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series “Classics: Innovations, Tradition, and the Liberal Arts.” The series seeks to explore the role of the Classics in the liberal arts tradition.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Below is a list of the speakers, titles, times and locations. For additional information, please contact Tim Johnson, chairman of the Classics department.

Monday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m. (Alumni Center, School of Education, Health and Human Performance) STEM vs. Humanities: The Betrayal of a False Dichotomy
Dr. James Newhard (College of Charleston) has been engaged in archaeological research for more than 20 years, taking leading roles on projects in the North America, Europe and Western Asia. His publications currently focus upon the use of GIS and geospatial modeling, landscape history and the relationship between human and environmental agency, as well as the use of informatics and innovative methods to visualize and image the past.

Monday, Feb. 15, 4:15 p.m. (Alumni Center, School of Education, Health and Human Performance) “Lettering the Self: Fronto, Marcus Aurelius, and “Distance-Learning” in Ancient Rome
Dr. Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael (College of Charleston) teaches a variety of courses in classical literature, civilization and material culture. She has published two books, a monograph on Statius’ Silvae and more recently an anthology of original translation of ancient Roman letters. Her current research focuses on Roman epistolary literature and also involves a new long-term project on Roman deathbed narrative.

Monday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. (Simons Center, 309) “A Roman in Kyoto: Empire Nostalgia in Takeushi Hideki’s Thermae Romae (2012)
Dr. Monica Cyrino (University of New Mexico), an award-winning educator, is one of the leading scholars on Classics in popular culture and film. In addition to numerous articles, she is the editor of two volumes on the HBO series Rome, She is also the editor of Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World (2013) and co-editor of Classical Myth on Screen (2015). Her literary research centers on eros in ancient Greece, including the books, In Pandora’s Jar: Lovesickness in Early Greek Poetry (1995), and Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love (2010).

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m. (Alumni Center, School of Education, Health and Human Performance) “Community and Liberal Arts: Locating the ‘Live’ in the ‘Reproduced’
Dr. Tim Johnson (College of Charleston) has published extensively on the politics of poetry, including his most recent book Horace’s Iambic Criticism: Casting Blame. He served as editor for Religious Studies Review and the special issue Homer for Classical World. He also was the principal originator of the online Ph.D. program in Classics at the University of Florida.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m. (Alumni Center, School of Education, Health and Human Performance) “Knowledge is a Verbal Noun
Dr. James O’Donnell (Arizona State University/Chairman of American Council of Learned Societies) has been engaged in digital innovation in education for almost 25 years. He has served as provost and professor of Classics at Georgetown University for a decade, after a career at Bryn Mawr, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and served as president of the American Philological Association. He was a pioneer in the study of late antiquity, publishing Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace (1998), Augustine: A New Biography (2005), and The Ruin of the Roman Empire (2008). His new book Pagans was published by Harper Collins in 2015.