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Contexts for Classics presents a panel discussion
moderated by Lauren Talalay, Kelsey Museum

Objects as texts:

January 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM
Kelsey Museum | 434 South State Street

Linda Gregerson, English Department
Ian Moyer, History Department
Elaine Gazda, Kelsey Museum and History of Art
David Halperin, English and Comparative Literature
Katherine Love, History of Art

How do modern viewers look at an ancient object from different perspectives?  Five scholars respond to a Roman sarcophagus in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.

Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan presents   

“Nausicaä's Odyssey: Hayao Miyazaki's Reinvention of the West”

Nicholas Theisen, PhD

Friday Brownbag
12 noon at 2024 Tisch
February 12, 2010

The film that established Miyazaki as arguably Japan's most well-recognized animation director (after Osamu Tezuka) began in comic form and continued for another decade after the film's premier.  

"Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" explores a post-apocalyptic world in which the technologies of the past cast a long shadow over the lives of people struggling to survive in a fundamentally hostile environment.  This talk will explore how Miyazaki rewrites one of the foundational stories of the Western canon in order to imagine a world in which human beings may be worse than a burden.

Nicholas Theisen received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2009.  He specializes in Japanese, Classical and English literature and has a special interest in comparative poetics and new media studies.  Currently he teaches at UM as a Lecturer in Great Books.

Roundtable on Teaching Classical Reception
4:00-5:30 pm, Tuesday, March 16
2160 Angell Hall | Classics Library

Edith Hall  will participate in an open discussion about developing and teaching courses on the reception of Classics, in a roundtable with UM Professors David Halperin (English and Comparative Literature), Artemis Leontis (Classical Studies), Yopie Prins (English and Comparative Literature), Ruth Scodel (Classical Studies), and Silke-Maria Weineck (German and Comparative Literature).
Edith Hall is Research Professor in Classics and in Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she directs the Centre for the Reception of Greece & Rome.  She is the author of Inventing the Barbarian: Greek Self-Definition through Tragedy (1989) and The Theatrical Cast of Athens (2006).  She is also co-author (with Fiona Macontish) of Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre (Oxford 2005) and has co-edited Medea in Performance (2000), Greek & Roman Actors (2002), Dionysus since 69 (2004), Agamennon in Performance (2005) and Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars (2006).   

Her visit is part of the Senior Visiting Scholars Program, sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA).  

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Still Escaping the Barbarians:
Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris in the Twentieth Century

A lecture by Professor Edith Hall
4:00pm, Wednesday March 17, 2010
3222 Angell Hall

One of Euripides’ most popular plays in antiquity, “Iphigenia in Tauris” dramatizes a tense encounter between Greeks and barbarians in the northern black Sea.  In her illustrated lecture, Edith Hall considers the radical reassessment of this encounter during the long drawn-out process of twentieth-century decolonization, and she considers the impact of “Iphiginia in Tauris” on the performing arts since the birth of modernism.
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