Lecture Series

Spring 2015 Lecture Series

February 19: Kifah Hanna, Assistant Professor of Language and Culture Studies

Love and Desire in Lebanese War Literature

Kifah Hanna presents new trends of unique, even radical, literary representations of gender and sexuality as mediated by the Lebanese civil war. She investigates literary expressions of love and desire by examining subordinate masculinities as a novel venue for such inquires.

March 26: Zayde Gordon Antrim, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of History and International Studies

Mapping the Middle East

Maps have become so ubiquitous that we are not used to thinking critically about them; likewise, the Middle East has dominated headlines to the extent that its equation with conflict and fragmentation seems self-evident. Zayde Antrim will challenge these assumptions by analyzing maps that show the different ways people have visualized, expressed belonging in, or asserted control over Middle Eastern land over the past millennium.

April 9: Martha Risser, Associate Professor of Classics

Sacred Space at the Bridge of the Untiring Sea: The Sanctuary of Poseidon at Isthmia during the 6th through 4th Centuries BCE

Every two years, when athletes, musicians, poets, and painters from throughout the Greek world came to the Isthmian Games to compete with one another for prized wreaths, they sacrificed hecatombs and feasted at the isthmus between the Corinthian and the Saronic gulfs. This biennial festival served also as a cultural bridge, uniting people from the many and variety city-states of ancient Greece even when at war. The Sanctuary of Poseidon prospered with the increasing popularity of its contest, but managing crowds and administering a major feast on the narrow V-shaped plateau must have presented challenges. How were people fed and accommodated? To what extent did the spatial organizations of the sanctuary change in response to growing interest in its PanHellenic festival? How did they cope with the fiery destruction of the Archaic Temple is ca. 450 BCE?

Lectures are held during the Thursday Common Hour (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.) in the Hallden Hall Common Room.

Lunch will be provided; R.S.V.P to common-hour@trincoll.edu