Classics Event Details

At Brown, there are many different opportunities for students and scholars with an interest in antiquity to engage with one another.  Some of the more regular fora are listed below:

Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean Colloquium (CRAM): An informal interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from many departments and programs. CRAM meets monthly to discuss a precirculated work-in-progress paper.

The Brown Bag Series in Archaeology (Thursdays 12-1 PM; Rhode Island Hall 108) is intended to stimulate the sharing and discussion of current work in archaeology undertaken by graduate students and faculty at Brown University and nearby institutions. Speakers give presentations on their current archaeological interests or research and take questions from the audience in an informal setting. The development and maturation of ideas is the goal, and anyone interested in archaeology is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided, so please come, eat, and enjoy the experience!

The Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar: This seminar serves as a forum for the discussion of articles, works in progress, dissertation chapters and presentations by a mix of Brown History graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. For now, we are defining medieval and early modern as broadly as possible, and we invite and encourage all who work within this chronological scope to participate.

Charles Alexander Robinson, Jr., Memorial Lecture: an endowed, annual lecture delivered by a distinguished scholar on a topic of interest to the broad community of scholars, students, and community members at Brown.

Annual Yale-Brown Meetings: Inaugurated in the spring of 2004, with Michael C.J. Putnam delivering a lecture at Yale, these semi-annual one-day events foster ties between the Yale and Brown Classics Departments.

Graduate Student Symposia: In the spring of 2004, the Classics Department, with the generous support of the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation, inaugurated a forum for graduate students to present work in progress to the community of scholars studying the ancient world at Brown.

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Lecture: Stemming from a generous grant from the Grimshaw-Gutewicz Foundation, whose generosity also helps to subsidize refreshments for the ongoing Graduate Student Symposia series, an eminent scholar in Classical Studies is selected and invited by the graduate student of the Classics Department to lead a seminar for graduate students and present a lecture open to the public on a topic of their choosing relating to the ancient world.

Latin Carol Celebration: Every December, the Department of Classics welcomes the general public (including hundreds of high school Latin students) to an all-Latin event that includes readings by the departmental faculty, a Latin review of the passing year, and carols galore. This popular event is held in the historic First Baptist Church in America, 75 North Main Street, Providence. Admission is free; street parking is available; the event lasts a little more than an hour; all are welcome.

Brown Ancient Philosophy Reading Group brings together faculty and students from Brown and neighboring institutions for intensive discussion of a philosophical text. Recent reading groups have examined: the Pre-Socratics; Plato, Republic Book 10, Aristotle's Parts of Animals Book I, etc. In the Spring Term 2011 the Ancient Philosophy Greek Reading Group (associated with Gill's PHIL 2150 seminar on Plato's Theaetetus) is reading Plato's Theaetetus and meets on Wednesdays 5-5:55 in the Classics Department Lounge, 48 College Street. For further information on upcoming events, please contact Mary Louise Gill.

Boston Area Events:

Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy: Founded in 1978, the renowned B.A.C.A.P. lectures rotate around Boston area colleges and universities.

Boston Area Classics Calendar: The Department of the Classics at Harvard kindly maintains a list of Classics events in the greater Boston Area.