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Spring 2018 lectures and events

April 12: "Re-Estimating Time-Consciousness in Roman Daily Life"

Richard Talbert (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in SL-212.

This lecture is provided by the the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series.

April 28: Visit the Ancient World in Philadelphia 

Join us for a bus trip to visit the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In small groups, there will be guided tours of the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Galleries. In addition, the Mesopotamian Galleries will have just re-opened following re-installation. The special exhibit, "Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq" will be open. There will also be free time for the Reading Terminal Market and/or the Liberty Bell and Independence Mall.
Cost: $45 (includes Penn museum admission)
Registration deadline: March 26.
See Margaret Dwyer (LT-510) to pay and reserve your space. This trip is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and the Department of Judaic Studies.

Past lectures and events:

March 13: "Rural innovation in the Roman empire: the Marzuolo Archaeological Project (MAP)"

Astrid van Oyen (Cornell University) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Admissions Center, AM-189.

This lecture is provided by the the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series.

Feb. 22, 2018: Screening of Tim Slade's film, The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture and the Battle to Save It

6 p.m. at the Binghamton University Art Museum. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker moderated by Jeffrey Becker (CNES), with Lubna Omar (anthropology), Şule Can (anthropology) and Nathanael Andrade (history).

Feb. 27, 2018: "Unraveling the Fabric of the Past: Mediterranean Textile Cultures in the First Millennium BCE"

Margarita Gleba (Cambridge University) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Admissions Center, AM-189.

Archaeological textiles are relatively rare finds in Mediterranean Europe, but many fragments survive in a mineralised form. Numerous such textiles found in Italy, Greece and the surround regions have been analysed recently within the scope of the European Research Council funded project Production and Consumption: Textile Economy and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE (PROCON), and provide important information about textile technology and role in ancient societies. Preliminary analysis of these textile fragments preserved in rich burials demonstrates substantial differences between the textile cultures of the two regions, which likely hark back to much more ancient geographical affinities.

This lecture is provided by the the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series.

ARAB 305 (third-year Modern Standard Arabic) language and cultural exchange

Arabic 305 student meets a community member from the American Civic Association (ACA) (Fall 2017): Recently students from third-year Modern Standard Arabic had a language and cultural exchange with adult learners at the American Civic Association (ACA) as part of a community engagement initiative. It was a mutually beneficial and enriching experience for all. We hope it will be the first of many collaborations between our students and the ACA, specifically, the native speakers of Arabic in the Binghamton community who have recently settled in the area and are taking ESL classes at the ACA. See photos here!  

Conversational Latin workshop: Conloquamur Latine!

A workshop in conversational Latin was led by Daniel Gallagher, Cornell University, a former papal secretary to the Vatican. This workshop and talk demonstrated how to practice Latin through oral drills and listening comprehension. This extraordinary workshop was accessible to anyone with some Latin experience and was held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Sponsored by the Harpur College Dean's Speaker Series.

Education is Not a Crime: Higher Learning and the Baha'i Community in Iran

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Iran's government bans Baha'is from teaching or studying at Iranian universities. But they do teach and they do study... Join us for a screening of the documentary, To Light a Candle, written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Maziar Bahari. Read more here.

Fiddah Nasser, 2016-17 Fulbright
FLTA in Arabic, presents: 

"Bahrain, Island of Pearls" - more here >>

2017  Senior Thesis in Classical Studies

Lyla Cerulli '17; Abirame Guruparan '17 present their Classics thesesWednesday, May 10 2017

Lyla Cerulli, thesis title: "What's the deal with Roman rape culture?"   

Abirame Guruparan, thesis title: "Vitrum Flexile and the Presence of 'Disruptive' Glass Innovation in Roman Antiquity?"

See the flier.




A Lecture by T. Corey Brennan, Department of Classics, Rutgers University
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 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

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

5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Admissions Center, AM-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.

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. 


Levin Grant Reception, Presentation: Lyla Cerulli,
2016 Recipient

On Friday, Oct. 14, 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.


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Last Updated: 3/29/19