Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Special Events


Spring 2018



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  • 10 April (Tuesday): Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania, presents "Translating the Odyssey: How and Why," the 42nd annual Edward Surtz Lecture in the Humanities, Loyola University Chicago. 4:00-5:30pm, reception to follow. Piper Hall, Lake Shore Campus. 
  • 11-14 April (Wednesday-Saturday): The 114th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two Loyola students will present their research: Henry W. Lanphier (Post-Baccalaureate Program), "Didactic Medea: Problems and Possibilities in Using Medea to Study Athenian Gender Roles in the Classroom," and Stephanie Wong (BA Classics), "Dominance through Permanence: Schoolboy Graffiti in the Greco-Roman World." Lanphier and Wong will also moderate the Round Table Discussion "Ancient Mores and Modern Sensibilities."


Exhibits and Performances 

  • 13 January - 22 April 2018: Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. This exhibition presents Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits and related artifacts from the site of ancient Tebtunis in Egypt. The majority of the objects on view are loans from the Phoebe A Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, which holds one of the largest collections of mummy portraits from a single site in the world. The installation foregrounds innovative techniques for the scientific study of objects and reveal to the public how partnerships between historians, archaeologists, and material scientists con provide new insights into these ancient artworks. The paintings have been the focus of a systematic study conducted by NU­ACCESS (Northwestern University/ Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts) and UC Berkeley using a variety of imaging techniques.
  • 20 October 2017 - 29 April 2018: Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact. Field Museum, Chicago. What happens when cultures collide and people are able to trade, interact, and influence each other like never before? This exhibit will feature an impressive array of Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Etruscan objects and dives into a time when borders opened and civilizations began to interact. This unprecedented movement led to trade, travel, and the exchange of ideas across seas and continents, fueling innovation and adoption in the arts, religion, language, and writing.
  • ongoing: Aegean: Creation of an Archipelago. National Hellenic Museum, Chicago. Dive beneath the surface of the Aegean Sea and rediscover its literally groundbreaking history, strewn with extinct civilizations, volcanic eruptions, tectonic shifts and changes and island formations and mythical figures. In addition to its scientific and educational character, this exhibition inspires visitors with the beauty of the Aegean and the power of its landscape, attracting and appealing to a broad audience.


Recent Department Events

December 2017

  • 7 December (Thursday): Humanism of Antiquity Oral Demonstration, 4:15pm, Mundelein 204. Friends and supporters most welcome. To be followed by the End-of-Term Party, 5:30pm, McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall.

November 2017

October 2017

  • 25 October (Wednesday): "Fasces or Fascism? The Balbo Monument in Chicago," panel discussion sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Featured panelists: Laura Gawlinski (Classical Studies), Anthony Cardoza (History), Andrew Donnelly (Classical Studies/History), Tim Libaris (BA-Classics). 5:30pm, Cudahy Science 202, Lake Shore Campus.
  • 30 October (Monday): Dramatic performance of Seneca's Thyestes. Furibunda Productions, Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago. 5:30pm, Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center, Lake Shore Campus.

September 2017

  • 6 September (Wednesday): Book Sale and beginning of semester party. 4:00-6:00pm, Crown Center 572. Organized by the Classics Club.

April 2017

  • 3 April (Monday): Piero Boitani (Rome University La Sapienza) presents "Ulysses: The Great Story," sponsored by the Department of Theology with support from the Departments of Classical Studies, Modern Languages, and English. 4:00-6:00 pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor. Refreshments follow.
  • 5 April (Wednesday): Lea K. Cline, Illinois State University, presents "Life and Art in a Roman Villa: Locating the Slave in the Villa at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Italy," sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies in Association with the Departments of Anthropology and Fine Arts. 7:00-8:00pm, Damen Student Center, Sister Jean Multipurpose Room North (2nd floor), Lake Shore Campus. Reception to follow.

March 2017

  • 22 March (Wednesday): Justin Leidwanger, Stanford University, Loyola alum, presents "The Late Antique 'Church Wreck' at Marzamemi: Marble, Maritime Heritage, and Museum Development along the Sicilian Coast," co-sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the Medieval Studies Program. 4:00-5:00pm, Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center, Lake Shore Campus. Reception to follow.

February 2017

  • 22 February (Wednesday): Initiation of new members of Iota Kappa, Loyola's chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate honorary society for students of ancient Greek and Latin, and celebration: all friends of Classics are invited! 5:00pm, Crown Center 530. Refreshments will be served.

November 2016

March 2016

  • 21 March (Monday): Elizabeth Vandiver, the Clement Biddle Penrose Professor of Latin and Classics, Whitman College, presents "Troy, Trenches, and Trauma: Great War Survivors in Richard Aldington’s Poetry and Novels." 5:00pm, Crown Center 530, Lake Shore Campus. Reception to follow.
  • 22 March (Tuesday): Exitium Caesaris! Commemorate the Ides of March with this performance of the death of Caesar presented in Latin. 5:30, Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center, Lake Shore Campus. Reception to follow.

February 2016

April 2015

  • 13 April (Monday): Joe Goodkin performs his Odyssey, sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies. This 30-minute performance of original music retells Homer's Odyssey through 24 short songs and will be followed by discussion and a reception. Joe Goodkin is a professional musician in Chicago and was a classics major at the University of Wisconsin Madison. 5-6:30pm, Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center, Lake Shore Campus.

This file last updated 18 January 2018 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.