Annual Endowed Lectures

The Charles Alexander Robinson, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series

2014 Speaker:


Lecture by Mark Griffith, University of California, Berkeley
When: Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m.
Where: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Description:  "The Musical Origins of Species in Ancient Greece: Humans, Animas, Gods"

In this lecture Prof. Griffith will discuss ancient Greek views about human musicality -- why are human beings so musical? what does music do to/for people? -- in relation to their views about the music-making and listening of animals, and also the large role of music in the imagined life of the gods.  He will also compare some of these Classical Greek notions with the findings of modern evolutionary biology and cognitive science concerning the ways in which human and animal brains and bodies are programmed to generate and respond to music of various kinds.
The lecture is intended for a broad audience; texts (in English translation) and images will illustrate a variety of different kinds of musical performance in Classical Greece.

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The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Lecture Series

2014 Speaker:


Lecture by Susan Mattern, University of Georgia
When:  Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Where: RI Hall, Room 108
Description:  "Hysterical Seizures in Ancient Greek Women: Perspectives from Modern Psychology"

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