Throughout the year, we host a variety of events that spotlight the wide world of classical antiquity and its reception in the modern world.


October 17, 2019

Henry ‘Box’ Brown and Classical Rhetoric: A New Literacy Studies Approach to the Works of Formerly Enslaved Black Antislavery Activists in Antebellum America
Kelly Dugan, University of Georgia at Athens
Co-sponsored by Departments of English and History, Educational Studies Program, and Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies


March 28, 2019

Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why
Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania

Co-Sponsored by Language and Culture Studies, The Dean’s Faculty Event Fund, English and the Women and Gender Resource Action Center

February 26, 2019

Athletes and Hero Cults: The Living and the Dead in Pindar’s Victory Songs

Hanne Eisenfeld, Boston College

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Murder of Mesopotamia: War, Looting, and Cultural Heritage

Karen Foster, Yale University

Co-sponsored but The Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (TIIS), Art History, International Studies, Public Policy & Law

October 30, 2018

The OpenARCHEM project: A Collaborative Vision for Organic Residue Analysis & the Study of the Human Past

Andrew J. Koh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Co-sponsored by the First-Year Program, the Dean’s Faculty Event Fund, and the Program in Environmental Science

September 25, 2018

How to Build a Humanities Startup: Social Entrepreneurship and Future of the Liberal Arts
Jason Pedicone, Paideia Institute

Co-sponsored by Career Services, Dean’s Faculty Event Fund

September 20, 2018

The Aeneid in America: From First Contact to Final Frontier
Meredith Safran, Classical Studies Department
Part of the Faculty Research Committee Lecture Series


April 5, 2018

La MaMa’s Trojan Women Project: Ancient Greek Tragedy & International Conflict Today

Part of “Red Flags”, a series of events inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Classics, History, and Theater & Dance; the Programs in Women, Gender, and Sexuality; International Studies; Human Rights; and the Dean’s Faculty Event Fund.


March 20, 2018

A Woman or a Womb? Reproductive Legislation from Ancient Rome to Dystopian Futures

Serena Witzke, Wesleyan University

Response by Joan Hedrick, Department of History & Program in Women, Gender & Sexuality

Part of “Red Flags”, a series of events inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale. Hosted by the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies.

March-April, 2018

Red Flags – A Series of Events Inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Organized by Meredith Safran, Classics; Laura Lockwood, Women and Gender Resources Action Center; and Sarah Raskin, Psychology & Neuroscience

November 13, 2017

Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths

Emily Katz Anhalt,  Sarah Lawrence College

Co-sponsored by Departments of English, History, Philosophy & the First-Year Program

October 4, 2017

Tokyo on the Tiber: Screening Rome as Empire Nostalgia in Takeuchi Hideki’s Thermae Romae (2012)

Monica S. Cyrino, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Co-sponsored by Department of History

October 3, 2017

The Original Action Heroes – Biblical Epic Films in the New Century

Monica S. Cyrino, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Gateway Program


December 1, 2015

Founding Memories? Moving Toward Rome in Vergil’s Aeneid

Aaron Seider, College of the Holy Cross


December 1, 2015

Neuroscience & the Humanities: Shaping Memory

Panelists: Elizabeth Casserly, Psychology & Johannes Evelein, Language & Culture Studies
Special Guest: Aaron Seider, Department of Classics, College of the Holy Cross

Moderator: Meredith Safran, Classics

Part of “25 Years of Neuroscience at Trinity.” Co-sponsored by the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies.

February 25, 2015

Winning Isn’t Everything: The Moral Power of Defeat at Rome

Jessica Clark, Florida State University

Co-sponsored by the Department of History