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Classics Events - 2009-2010

"Tragedy's Women as Subjects and Objects of the Gaze"

Date: Monday 10/26/09 Time: 5:30
Guest Speaker: Prof. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz 
Location: Murray Dining Hall Banquet Rooms 1+2

Film theory and in particular the feminist thinking coming from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing andLaura Mulvey’s work highlighted the ways in which male power is invested in the gaze; Mulvey argued that in mainstream cinema woman is disempowered as the object of the gaze. In ancient ideology, proper women were not to be the object of the gaze. In this paper, I will give an overview of the role of women in tragedy asking whether possessing the gaze is necessarily empowering for women, and whether being the object of the gaze is necessarily disempowering. The talk will “look” at such characters as Medea, Clytemnestra and Hecuba, as aggressive women who own the gaze, as well as Iphigenia (Oresteia, Iphigenia at Aulis), Polyxena (Hecuba), and Antigone, as sacrificial maidens.


Classics Club Kick-Off Party!!

Date: Wednesday February 10th Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pmTower Penthouse

Let’s get together for GOOD FOOD and CLASSICS!!! Find out who else is interested in Classics, meet the faculty and make new friends. Come and join us at our initial Classics Club interest party. 


Annual Classical World Lecture
"Mind-Reading in Homer's Odyssey"

Date: Monday, 2/15/10 Time: 5:30 - 6:30
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ruth Scodel 
Location: Emerson Auditorium

People are constantly thinking about what other people think, feel, and believe. Homer delights in representing interactions in which characters can avoid saying exactly what they mean because they know that their interlocutors know what they are thinking about. How Homer shows the everyday mind-reading of his characters and exploits the mind-reading habits of his audience can tell us a great deal about the psychology of Homer's world.


Annual Bus Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: The bus leaves Skidmore at 7:30 AM. The bus will pick-up at the Met at 7:30 PM Sharp!.

Please mark your calendars!