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A Symposium Hosted by the The University of Miami Center for the Humanities
and the Department of Classics

Humanities Through Classics:
What Does the Future Hold?

Friday, February 25, 2011

CAS Gallery/Wesley House
1210 Stanford Drive
University of Miami

‌Shadi Bartsch is the Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius (1989), Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian (Cambridge MA, 1994), Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan's Civil War (1998) and,  The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (2006). She has also edited volumes on the history of rhetoric, Eros, ekphrasis, and Seneca. Her teaching is primarily devoted to Roman literature and culture, and her current research addresses critical terms for the study of Classics and the satirist Persius. She has received both the Quantrell Teaching Award and a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

‌Michael R. Halleran is the Provost and chief academic officer of the College of William and Mary. He served as Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Washington, and as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Miami he established the Department of Classics in 2007. He is the author of The Stagecraft in Euripides (1984), and the translator and editor of Euripides' Pericles (1988) and Hippolytus (1995).

‌Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He has served as the President of the American Philological Association, the Chair of Harvard's undergraduate Literature Concentration, and the Chair of the Classics Department. Since 2000, he has been the Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC. He is the author of The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry (1979; second edition, with new Introduction, 1999), which won the Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association. Other publications include Comparative Studies in Greek and Indic Meter  (1974), Greek Mythology and Poetics (1990), Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past (1990), Poetry as Performance: Homer and Beyond (1996), Homeric Questions (1996), Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music: The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens (2002).

‌Patrice D. Rankine is currently Director of Purdue’s Interdisciplinary Program in Classics, and Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Professor Rankine is particularly interested in the relationship between the Classics and African American Studies, classical genres of epic, tragedy and lyric poetry and how they influence black literature, such as Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man or Derek Walcott’s Omeros. Professor Rankine’s book, Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison and the Classics in African American Literature, takes Ralph Ellison’s allusions to the Ulysses theme throughout Invisible Man and Juneteenth as a starting point for a broader study of the use of classical literature and myth among African American authors. The book explores how Ellison and other African American writers were able to address modern problems through their mastery of classical languages, literature, and mythology.