Kleist Flier

Ancient | Modern

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Kleist's death, join us for a discussion with scholars from the U.S. and abroad on the legacy of the early-19th-century German poet, playwright, and fiction writer.

Friday, September 16, 2011
3308 MLB


Contexts for Classics presents a Brown Bag Talk:
External Threat - Internal Cohesion: an Ancient Remedy for Decadence

Marco Walter

Tuesday, March 29th
Comparative Literature Library (2015 Tisch Hall)

Due to its enduring influence on European history and beyond, the Roman Empire remains the example of both empire and decadence. Any actors of subsequent imperial powers could not help drawing comparisons either to acquire guidelines and legitimacy or to strengthen their own identity by highlighting the differences. Regarding decadence, of course, one wishes to escape the Roman fate. A promising way to achieve this is to maintain the metus hostilis, the fear of an external enemy, that is supposed to strengthen internal discipline and virtue as Sallust paradigmatically exposed in his historical works. The significance of his concept of fear has been repeatedly recognized throughout history and still helps to understand some aspects of present day United States in its imperial role.

Marco Walter is a visiting scholar with the University of Michigan's interdepartmental initiative Contexts for Classics. He joins us from Berlin where he has been an academic staff member with the collaborative research project Transformationen der Antike (Transformations of Antiquity) since 2009. He graduated lic.rer.soc. (M.A.) in Political Science, Economics and History from the University of Bern, Switzerland. His brown bag talk presents part of his current dissertation project.


Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan presents,

"Socrates on Stage and Screen"
A lecture by Professor Sara Monoson

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Angell Hall 3222

Sara Monoson is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Classics at Northwestern University. She is author of Plato's Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy (Princeton University Press, 2000) and Director of the Classical Traditions Initiative at Northwestern. Her current project investigates appropriations of "Socrates" in American popular culture and politics.

This event is co-sponsored by Contexts for Classics, the Department of Political Science, and The Michigan Society of Fellows.



Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan and the Classical Traditions Initiative at Northwestern University present

On the Same Page:
A Workshop on Tragedy & Politics

February 10-11, 2011
Michigan League, University of Michigan

Silke-Maria Weineck, University of Michigan
Jason Geary, University of Michigan
Marianne Hopman, Northwestern University
Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University
Arlene Saxonhouse, University of Michigan
Will West, Northwestern University
Viv Soni, Northwestern University
Vassilis Lombropoulos, University of Michigan






University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and
Contexts for Classics present:

Objects as Texts
Reading Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

January 18, 2011 at 5pm
UMMA Apse (525 S. State)

How do modern viewers look at an ancient object from different
A panel of UM scholars will discuss Randolph Rogers' Nydia

Lucy Hartley, English
John Kannenberg, Art and Design
Mira Seo, Classical Studies
Tobin Siebers, English
Keith Taylor, English

Moderated by Netta Berlin, Classical Studies


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