Upcoming Events

Grant Parker: "The Struggle with Greek and Latin in South Africa"

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September 9, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Within South African society, ancient Greece and Rome have usually been associated with the establishment. For example, the legal system has had strong links with Roman law, and classical columns adorn colonial-era state buildings throughout the country. On the other hand, a very different kind of classical antiquity is visible in the creative arts, and here we find a much broader range of the classical tradition. Sophocles? Antigone was famously performed by Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island. In this talk, Professor Grant Parker concentrates on lesser known moments from the apartheid era (1948-91), when ancient Greece and Rome intersected unexpectedly with the Struggle for democracy. 

As associate professor of Classics at Stanford University, Parker has a renowned reputation for his scholarship on monumentalization in the classical world, and for more recent work on the relevance of classics to the struggle against apartheid and the post-apartheid monumentalization of Mandela. 

Sponsored by the Lectures and Concerts Committee and the Departments of History, Classics and Africana Studies.

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Frederick Davis: "Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology"

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October 22, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Frederick Rowe Davis is an environmental historian and historian of science at Florida State University. His most recent book, Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology, was published last year by Yale University Press.

Sponsored by the Lectures & Concerts Committee, and the Departments of History, Government, Environmental Studies, and Chemistry.

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