Annual Lectures & Events

Endowed Lectures

At Brown, there are many different opportunities for students and scholars with an interest in antiquity to engage with one another.  The Classics Department has a number of annual lectures that have been named in honor of some of our great scholarly faculty and friends. Spence Lecture (Putnam)14_0_0.jpg

  • Charles Alexander Robinson, Jr., Memorial LectureInaugurated in 1965, the Charles Alexander Robinson, Jr., Memorial Lecture is an endowed, annual lecture delivered by a distinguished, senior scholar on a topic of broad interest to scholars, students, and community members at Brown
  • Michael C.J. Putnam Lecture: Named in honor of Professor Emeritus, Michael Putnam, and funded by the Putnam Flexible Research Fund, the Putnam Lecture is an annual talk delivered by an invited scholar on a topic related to the particular specialties of Professor Putnam. 
  • Brown-Yale 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.
  • Grimshaw-Gudewicz Lecture: Inaugurated in Spring 2010, stemming from a generous grant from the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation, an eminent scholar in Classical Studies is selected and invited by the graduate students of the Classics Department.  The scholar leads a seminar for the graduate students and present a public lecture on a topic of their choosing, relating to the ancient world.

Other Events & Fora

In addition to the annual endowed lectures, the department also participates in other recurring lectures, seminars, and colloquia throughout the academic year.