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This article was originally published in Amphora (12.1). It has been edited slightly to adhere to current SCS blog conventions.
The story is familiar. Musician marries the love of his life; on their wedding day, she dies. He grieves until he wills his way into the Underworld and is allowed to retrieve her on one condition, which he violates. Thus, even the theme is the same: the fallibility of the human condition and the inability of art to triumph over the persistence of suffering and the finality of death. Nor is Eurydice a strident feminist with a point to prove, after centuries of silent existence as nothing more than a catalyst for the erotic narrative that is the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. For contemporary American playwright Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice is foremost a daughter who learns the hard way that all relationships are constructed of words that cannot always withstand the insistent tensions and demands of parents and spouses. Since language is so deficient, Ruhl deploys light, space, distance, and depth to hone the banal into razor-sharp instruments capable of exposing emotional vulnerabilities most audience members would rather not admit existed. For Ruhl, in the theater space must yield to imagination, not, as in film, the other way around.
(This is a message from the SCS Annual Fund Committee, sent to members on May 8th, 2017)
We’re looking for a few good classicists.
Actually, we’re looking for quite a few good classicists, those who will constitute the next generation of our profession. It’s our job to foster scholars who are entering the field, including those in contingent faculty positions and graduate students giving papers at the Annual Meeting. Many of these scholars hope to be in Boston next January, ready to experience the full professional and social dimensions of our vocation. Their work and their presence at the Annual Meeting will enrich our own future.
They just need a little help, and the SCS Annual Fund can provide it.
The Annual Fund supports contingent faculty and graduate students through travel grants to the Annual Meeting. Thanks to the generosity of our members, over $25,000 in travel grants have been awarded over the past two years. But the demand is still greater than the supply; last year, the SCS was able to fund only half of the requests from graduate students. Your gifts also support undergraduate minority scholarships, TLL Fellowships, and the Lionel Pearson Fellowship, and in addition to keeping down the costs of the Annual Meeting for everyone, they ensure that the Placement Service is free for all member applicants.
Between Philosophy and Rhetoric
May 13 – 14, 2017
Anyone intending to attend the workshop should let Laura Viidebaum (firstname.lastname@example.org) know by *Monday, May 8th* the latest, so that they have an idea of numbers and can plan accordingly.
organizers: Laura Viidebaum (NYU), Toomas Lott (NYU/Tartu)
location: NYU Classics department, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503
Saturday, May 13th
9.15-9.30 Coffee, introduction and welcome
9.30 - 11.10am
Usha Nathan (Columbia) ‘Why persuade with pathos?’
Response: Iakovos Vasiliou (CUNY)
11.10 - 11.20 Coffee break
11.20am - 1.00pm
Joel Mann (St Norbert) ‘Rediscovering “Hippocrates”: the rhetoric of skepticism in περὶ φύσιος ἀνθρώπου’
Response: Calloway Scott (NYU)
1.00 - 2.30pm Lunch
2.30 - 4.10pm
Richard Hunter (Cambridge) ‘Listening to the Sirens’
Response: Mirjam Kotwick (New School)
4.10 - 4.20 Coffee break
4.20 - 6pm
Edward Schiappa (MIT) ‘Isocrates, Pragmatism, and the Endless Mediation of Rhetoric & Philosophy’
Response: Colin King (Providence College)
7pm Dinner and drinks
Sunday, May 14th
9.30 - 11.10am
Nancy Worman (Barnard) ‘Philosophizing embodiment in Aristotle's Poetics and Rhetoric’
Response: Nicholas Rynearson (NYU)
Paideia, Power and Persuasion: Political Thinking in and around Plato
University of Bergen, 12-13 June
The symposium is free of charge. Advance registration is compulsory for those wishing to attend. Please register with Kirsten.Bang@uib.no before June 1st.
DAY I (12 June)
0915-1115 KEYNOTE: Ryan Balot (University of Toronto): “The 'Truest Tragedy' in Plato's Laws”
1130-1215 Kristin Sampson (University of Bergen): “The Ambiguity of Music in Plato”
1330-1415 Vivil Haraldsen (University of Oslo): “Paideia and Freedom of Thought in Plato’s Republic”
1415-1500 Andreas Staurheim Enggrav (University of Bergen): “Justice for All?”
1515-1630 Olof Pettersson (Uppsala University): “Politics of the Voice: Writing & Speaking in Plato’s Phaedrus”
DAY II (13 June)
0915-1030 Charlotta Weigelt (Södertörn University): “The Power of Nature: Paideia and the Dissolution of the Nuclear Family in Plato's Republic”
1045-1200 Hayden Ausland (University of Montana): “Sagacity and Politics”
1300-1415 Ellisif Wasmuth (University of Oxford): “What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: Plato on Non-Ideal Politics”
1430-1515 Hallvard Fossheim (University of Bergen): “The Political Force of Friendship”
From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
It is with great regret that we report the passing of Edwin L. Brown, former professor at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
"His research and teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill reflected his broad interests and lively curiosity, ranging from Latin poetry (especially Vergil) to Greek didactic poetry, the early Greek gods, and Greek and Roman astronomy, especially constellation names. He was particularly interested in the connections between the early Greeks and the Near East, an area of research that led him to study the Greek god Poseidon, the enigmatic early script known as Linear A, and numerous other thorny fields of inquiry."
To read the full publication of this obituary and leave any memories or comments about Edwin, visit this legacy.com post.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has just awarded OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands, a grant of €18.8 million to develop their research agenda (“Anchoring Innovation”) over a period of ten years (2018-2027). Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University) will be directing this program together with André Lardinois (Radboud University).
They note that they are particularly happy to be able to bring this news at a time when the value of the Humanities for society (and hence also their fundability) seems not to be shared by governments everywhere. "We will do whatever we can to show that fundamental research in the Humanities can go hand in hand with participating in current societal debates," says Ineke.
For more information about the current status of the research agenda and first results of this pilot program, started in 2014, you can visit their website: http://www.ru.nl/oikos/anchoring-innovation/anchoring-innovation/
“Soul and Nature in Aristotle and Aristotelianism”
This Conference is intended to provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars of the Midwest region (and elsewhere) to present and discuss their current work on Aristotle and his interpreters in ancient and medieval philosophy.
Presented by the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy with the support of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University
Twelfth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
26-28 June 2017
Beaumier Conference Center B-C
Raynor Memorial Library
Department of Philosophy
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881
ATTENDING ONLY: Send Registration check with name, address, academic affiliation.
FOR ALL PRESENTERS AND ATTENDEES
(fees cover breakfasts, refreshments, picnic dinner one night)
Advance Registration ($45 by check) Deadline: May 1.
NOTE => After May 1 Registration only at the door: $50 cash.
CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO: Marquette University
(Fees are waived for Marquette students, faculty and staff for on campus events only.)
Call for Papers
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
115th Annual Conference, November 10-12, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association invites proposals for presentations at its 115th annual meeting. The PAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, November 10-12. The conference’s standing sessions in Classics include panels in Ancient-Modern Relations, Classics (Greek), Classics (Latin), and Classics (Reception). Proposals should be submitted online by May 21, 2017. A full list of session topics, abstract submission guidelines, and the online proposal submission form can be found here.
SCS Award Winners
We are delighted to announce the following award winners:
Minority Scholarship Award Winners:
Perla Azucena Castillejos
Zeph Stewart Teacher Training Awards:
Christopher David Parkinson
Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology:
War and games have much in common: multiple contestants compete to win within a physically determined set of realities, each using strategies that are frequently buffeted by interventions of chance and chaos. It is no surprise, then, that war games have been used as predictive tools by military leaders since at least the early 19th century (see the recent collection Zones of Control ). Less familiar is the idea of using games as reconstructive tools in academic military history, although the ancient historian Philip Sabin (Lost Battles ; Simulating War ) has done excellent work on this topic.