New Directions in Classics


The Department of Classics’ highly successful public lecture series, New Directions in Classics, returned for a third year beginning Friday, September 27, 2019.

This year, we’re fortunate enough to host six visiting and two local speakers, with great thanks to the Laird Lecture Series, the Society for Classical Studies Classics Everywhere Initiative, and donors to our University of Winnipeg Foundation “crowd-funding” campaign.

Most lectures take place in 3D01 at 3:30PM, but this year we’re partnering with our friends in the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies to host two special talks at the Merchant’s Corner Campus (541 Selkirk Ave). These two public lectures (by Dr. Matthew Sears [UNB] and Dr. Rebecca Kennedy [Denison University]) tackle topics of contemporary relevance: Dr. Sears’ talk examines absences in ancient and modern war memorials (October 25, 3:00PM) while Dr. Kennedy compares the experiences of immigrant and refugee women in antiquity and today (March 20, 3:00PM).

We’re excited for our talks this year, which focus on the “new” in our series’ title: from a re-examination of the colonial foundation myth of ancient Alexandria, to Wikipedia’s gender bias in Classical Studies, and an analysis of an ancient “computer,” the Antikythera Mechanism, our series offers novel, relevant, and accessible scholarship on the world of Classical Antiquity.

Light refreshments provided. All welcome. 

If you’d like more information on New Directions in Classics, please see the UWinnipeg News Centre article, download the poster [PDF, image below], find us on Facebook, email Dr. Peter J. Miller, or see dates, times and locations below.

 Learn more about the 2018-19 and 2017-18 lecture series.

Promotional poster for New Directions in Classics lecture series, information available on this web page

Promo poster for Dr. Blouin's New Directions in Classics lecture, text on web pageSeptember 27, 2019

Prof. Katherine Blouin, University of Toronto

Colonial Fantasies and Occluded (Hi)Stories: The Case of Early Alexandria

Duckworth Centre, 3D01| 3:30-4:30PM

According to some historians, ancient Alexandria was a completely new - and Greek - settlement on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. But, Dr. Katherine Blouin stresses that this foundation story severs Alexandria from Egypt, its landscapes, and its native populations. In this talk, she explained that this environmental, socio-cultural, and economic disconnection is rooted in colonial fantasies that testify to the imperial entanglements of classics, Egyptology, and papyrology.

Promo poster for Dr. Sears' New Directions in Classics lecture, text on web pageOctober 25, 2019

Prof. Matthew Sears, University of New Brunswick

Presence and Absence in War Memorials, Ancient and Modern

Merchant's Corner, 541 Selkirk Ave | 3:00-4:00PM

Far from simply recording or preserving history, war memorials should be considered part of history, both reflecting and shaping how a society expresses itself. War memorials honour the dead, but also the ideals for which they supposedly fought. By the same token, what is left out of memorials is also telling. Today, ancient and modern war memorials are being mobilized by the far-right to advance exclusionary ideas about the "West" and its values. In this talk, Dr. Matthew Sears advocated for a new and critical evaluation of war memorials and their myriad uses.

Watch Prof. Sears' lecture archived on Facebook

Sponsored by the Society for Classical Studies Classics Everywhere Initiative

November 8, 2019

Prof. Daryn Lehoux, Queen's University

The Antikythera Mechanism: An Ancient Technological Marvel

Duckworth Centre, 3D01| 3:30-4:30PM

The Antikythera mechanism is one of the most remarkable technological devices from the premodern era. Originally found in the debris of an ancient shipwreck in 1901, the device was little studied and little understood until much later in the twentieth and even into the twenty-first century. Then, its most important secrets began to be unveiled by advanced imaging techniques. This lecture looked at the remarkable technological and astronomical knowledge embedded in the ancient machine, and the efforts that it took to uncover them in the modern era.

Watch Dr. Lehoux's lecture archived on YouTube

Part of the Laird Lecture Series

January 24, 2020

Ms. Natalie Swain

Narrative Fragments, Fragmented Lovers: Reading Latin Elegy through Comics

Duckworth Centre, 3D01| 3:30-4:30PM

February 7, 2020

Dr. Victoria Austen-Perry

#WCCWiki: Using Wikipedia for Public Engagement and Social Change

Duckworth Centre, 3D01| 3:30-4:30PM

March 13, 2020

Prof. Greg Anderson

Classics after the Ontological Turn: New Horizons of History and Critique

Duckworth Centre, 3D01 | 3:30-4:30PM

March 20, 2020

Prof. Rebecca Kennedy

Fears of Foreign Women: Women's Experiences as Refugees and Immigrants in Antiquity and Today

Merchant's Corner, 541 Selkirk Ave | 3:00-4:00PM

Sponsored by the Society for Classical Studies Classics Everywhere Initiative

March 21, 2020

Prof. Max Goldman

New Research on the Eurysaces Monument in Rome

University Club, Wesley Hall | 3:30-4:30PM