News and Events
NEW LIGHT ON OLD PAPAL ROME: RECENT FINDS FROM THE ARCHIVE OF THE BONCOMPAGNI LUDOVISI
A Lecture by T. Corey Brennan, Department of Classics, Rutgers University
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm in LH 9
The focus of this illustrated lecture is an exciting new (2010) discovery of archival material that sheds unexpected light on centuries of Boncompagni Ludovisi family history, including the pontificates of Popes Gregory XIII Boncompagni (1572-1585, who introduced the Gregorian calendar) and Gregory XV Ludovisi (1621-1623, who canonized the first Jesuit saints), and the development of the famed Villa Ludovisi on the Pincio hill in Rome.
In 1885 the greater part of the Villa was redeveloped to form the luxurious business and residential district centered around Rome’s Via Veneto, and the main palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi has since become the headquarters of the US Embassy in Rome. However the family’s secondary palace of the Casino Aurora—with its unique oil-on-plaster ceiling by Caravaggio and large frescoed rooms by Guercino—remains wholly intact today as the private residence of the family’s head, and has yielded exciting new archival and artistic discoveries as recently as this year.
Spring 2017 Bus Trip to NYC!
Visit the Etruscan, Greek and Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Time and Cosmos exhibit at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU
Saturday, March 25 - bus departs BU @ 7:00 am & departs NYC @ 7:00 pm. Cost (includes museum admission) is $36 per person (cash or check). To confirm your space, payment is required - to Margaret Dwyer in LT 510 by March 1, 2017.
The Life and Afterlife of Tahirih: Eastern and Western Perspectives
A Lecture by Dr. Sasha Dehghani, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Thursday, March 30 @ 5 pm - Admissions Center, Room 189 - poster here >
In honor of Women's History Month and the bicentenary of the birth of the noted poet, scholar and martyr, Qurrat al-‘Ayn Tahirih (1817/8 - 1852), "the first Iranian woman to preach equality of the sexes and religious freedom" (Encyclopedia of Religion).
Sponsored by the Departments of Classical & Near Eastern Studies (CNES), Judaic Studies, Comparative Literature, and History, the Middle East and North Africa Program (MENA), the Religious Studies Program, with special thanks to the Dept. of Judaic Studies’ Bernard Lasky Lecture Fund, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), and the Harpur College Visiting Speaker Fund
Questions? Please email Omid Ghaemmaghami: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the lecture: This presentation will provide a glimpse into the astonishing life and afterlife of the Babi poet, scholar, and martyr, Qurratu’l-Ayn Tahirih (1817/8 – 1852). From E.G. Browne to Muhammad Iqbal, from Sarah Bernhard to Charlotte Despard, to such an extent did her name and fame spread across diverse religions, cultures and disciplines that one cannot but describe her as one of the most significant women of the 19th century.
About the speaker: Sasha Dehghani completed his PhD in the Arabic Department of the Free University of Berlin, where his research was conducted as part of the DFG project, “Figurations of the Martyr in European and Middle Eastern Literature.” He has also carried out graduate work in Islamic Studies, Political Science, and Protestant Theology/Religious Studies at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, following a DAAD fellowship at the Centre for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies of the American University of Beirut. Dehghani has been a research associate at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, and has taught courses on Shiite Islam, Islamic intellectual history, and the Baha’i Faith at the Free University of Berlin and the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, where he was a visiting assistant professor. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
From the poetry of Tahirih:
"The search for truth shall drive out ignorance
Equality shall strike the despots low
Let warring ways be banished from the world
Let justice everywhere its carpet throw
May friendship ancient hatreds reconcile
May love grow from the seed of love we sow!"
- Tahirih (trans. Amin Banani)
2016 Summer Scholars Program
For senior Kyle Welch, the summer of 2016 was dedicated to dismantling stereotypes through language. The Arabic and French double major read the Qur'an line by line - analyzing all of the written language pertaining to love. Full article below>>
Levin Grant Reception, Presentation: Lyla Cerulli,
On Friday, 14-Oct of 2016, students and Faculty in Classics assembled to celebrate Lyla Cerulli, the first ever Levin Educational Enrichment Grant recipient. In addition to being fêted, Lyla treated those in attendance to a presentation on her Living Latin in Rome experience — more here....
Congratulations to John H. Starks, Jr., Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies ~ Recipient of the 2015 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!
Associate Professor John H. Starks Jr. is a highly respected, true intellectual who is a multi-talented, resourceful presence in the classroom, bringing the classics to life for his students. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University as an assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies in 2007, and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. Read more >>
Fulbright FLTA Feature, 2014-2015
Bochra Kouraichi was our Arabic Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for academic year 2014-2015. See the story on her, on her homeland of Tunisia, and on the Fulbright FLTA program. Go to story >>