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Below is a list of the planned Classics lectures for Summer 2019.  Check back soon for more details on the future lectures as plans are finalized.  We hope you save the dates and are able to join us!

Summer 2019

Event Poster2019 CANE Summer Institute Lecture Series

Monday, July 8, 2019 through Saturday, July 13, 2019
E Pluribus Unum 
Where: Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street
Description: The Classical Association of New England (CANE) and Brown's Department of Classics invite you to join us for the 2019 CANE Summer Institute public lecture series!  The CANE Summer Institute is a weeklong event that provides a unique and rich opportunity for teachers and students of the Classics -- as well as other disciplines -- from all levels.  Whether you are a high school or college teacher of Latin and/or Greek, History, English, the Arts, or other related disciplines, an undergraduate or graduate student, or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy this thoughtful and enriching experience.

This year’s theme is “E Pluribus Unum.”  The CANE Summer Institute will not only look at the various components of the ancient world, but will also consider what it meant for those components to be “unum.” The institute’s events and discussions will also consider modern and contemporary reflections of nationhood.  The lecture series takes place from Monday, July 8th through Saturday, July 13th.  All lectures will be in Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street and are free and open to the public.  Additional information about the times and topics of the daily lectures can be found on the Classics Department [email protected] page and the CANE website.


Monday, July 8, 7:00 pm

The Gloria Duclos Lecture:
Divided by a Common Language?  The Case of the Roman Empire​
Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University


Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 Am

The Phyllis Katz Lecture:​
Modeling (Im)mortality: Hero Cult in Pindar’s Victory Odes​​
Hanne Eisenfeld, Boston College

Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 pm

The Edward Bradley Lecture​:​
I’ve Looked at War From Both Sides Now: The Epics of Homer and Vergil​​
Mary Ebbott, College of the Holy Cross


Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 Am

Clemency and Kindness: The Forgotten ‘Virtues’ of Roman Political Life​ 
Susan Curry, University of New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 pm

E Pluribus Plures: Identities in a Multiethnic Ancient Mediterranean ​ 
Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Denison College (Onassis Lecturer)


Thursday, July 11, 10:30 Am

The Particular and the Universal in the Hellenistic Period 
Robin Greene, Providence College

Thursday, July 11, 3:00 pm

The Matthew Wiencke Lecture​:
Creating Unity out of Plurality and Diversity: Reflections on a Modern Ideal and Ancient Realities

Kurt Raaflaub, Brown University


Friday, July 12, 10:30 Am

Rejecting Greekness:” Classical Athens’ Anti-Immigrant Policies and Practices 
Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Onassis Lecturer)

Friday, July 12, 3:00 pm

Vergil’s Many Romes: Identity and Imagination in the Aeneid
Aaron Seider, College of the Holy Cross


Saturday, July 13, 10:30 Am

Ancient Identities/Modern Politics 
Rebecca Futo Kennedy (Onassis Lecturer)