Program Activities

Program Activities
The Classical Studies program sponsors lectures, parties and gatherings throughout the academic year, as well as trips to events in New York City and at Vassar College.  Thanks to the support of the Ottaway Fund, we are able to bring professional theatrical productions to campus on a regular basis.

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Current and Upcoming Events

The Modernist Literary Experiment: Focus on Joyce

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

David Vichnar, PhD, Charles University Prague
In what is one of the most thoughtful definitions of the entire movement, art critic Clement Greenberg thought the dominant trait of modernism to be "the use of characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself". The talk proposes to test this definition on the work of James Joyce and cover the development of his linguistic poetics, tracing his treatment of language as material from Dubliners via A Portrait and Ulysses to Finnegans Wake.
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: OLIN LC 208
Contact: James Romm
Phone: 845-758-7283

“Not to be born is best.” Greek Pessimism revisited or: Was Nietzsche right?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Professor Michael Lurie, Dartmouth College
It is a characteristic of contemporary Western culture that we are constantly told that we live in the best of all possible worlds and that we are commanded to be happy. What if modern obsession with happiness is a tragic delusion? What if we were not born to be happy at all? What if it would be by far the best for each one of us never to have bene born? Is there more to life than being happy? The gloomy, paradoxical notion that it would be by far the best for us not to be born played a crucial role in the daring, and explicitly anti-modernist, visions of pre-Platonic Greek culture advanced in the late 19th century by Jacob Burckhardt and Friedrich Nietzsche, but has been largely neglected ever since. In this lecture, we will look at the dark view of the world and man’s place in it that emerges from Greek pre-Platonic literature and thought and try to understand why modernity has always struggled to come to terms with it.  
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: RKC 103
Contact: Robert Cioffi