Graduate Student Forum

Are you a Brown graduate student whose research deals with pre-modern history, society, or culture, from any disciplinary perspective, and focusing on any geographical region? If so, the Program in Early Cultures invites you to participate in our PEC Graduate Student Forum: a space for graduate student community, interaction, and exchange, between and across our scholarly specializations.

We will meet once a month by Zoom, with programs designed around your requests, led by panels of you and your colleagues. Following up on ideas from graduate students this past spring, we offer this fall program:

Spring 2021
Friday April 9, Time TBD. "Diversity Commitments, Teaching, and Job Materials."
With: Jessica Metzler,  Senior Associate Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.
For further information including preparatory reading, contact [email protected].

Friday Feb. 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. "First Publications: How, What, Where."
A discussion to share experiences, challenges, frustrations, useful strategies, and acquired wisdom.
With: Amy Russell, Classics, and John Steele, Egyptology and Assyriology

Fall 2020
Friday Sept. 25, 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Meet and Greet.
Come meet new and continuing graduate students from our different departments! How is the global pandemic affecting/ changing/ reordering your work for the coming academic year?

Friday Oct. 23, 12:00-1:30pm EDT. Teaching and TA-ing about Antiquity.
Panel discussion aimed at new and continuing Teaching Assistants, and graduate students teaching their own courses (whether in ancient languages, or thematic). Tips, Insights, Ideas.
Panel: Liza Davis, JIAAW; Christopher Ell, Classics; Mallory Matsumoto, Anthropology

Friday Nov. 20, 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Conference Papers: Zoom and Beyond.
Workshopping conference paper abstracts: strategies and suggestions for how to turn a great abstract into an excellent conference paper, including presentation strategies, suggestions, tips. 
Abstracts from: Anna Soifer (JIAAW), "Risky Business: Anchoring Blown Glass and Terra Sigillata Production in the Face of Risk," for the Anchoring Technology in Greco-Roman Antiquity conference, Stacey Murrell (History), "Black/Feminist/Medieval" for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Josh Schnell (Anthropology), "Ancient Maya Dentistry: New Evidence for Therapeutic Dental Interventions and Dental Care Practices," for the Society for American Archaeology.

Thursday Dec. 17, 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Conference Papers: Zoom and Beyond. Session Two.
Rough draft trial runs for feedback on content, presentation, and optimizing zoom.
Draft presentations by: Caitlin Fennerty (Classics), "Menelaus as Embedded Poetic Figure in Baccylides 15" at the session on Early Greek Poetry, for the Society for Classical Studies annual meeting Max Peers (JIAAW), "Loom Weight Stamps at Hellenistic Morgantina: Between Household Industry and Identity", for a colloquium on 'New Perspectives on the Ancient Household: Results of the American Excavations at Morgantina", at the Archaeological Institute of American Annual Meeting.

For further information, or to offer suggestions, ideas, or helpful input, feel free to contact us: [email protected] or [email protected].