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Sustaining the Antique: a 21st-century festival of classics

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 3:30pm

Klarman Hall, Rhodes Rawlings Auditorium
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Verity Platt ( as soon as possible.

Friday, October 28

3:30 p.m. Welcome

  • Verity Platt, “Sustaining the Humanities"
  • Hayden Pelliccia, “What Got Me Hooked on Classics”

4:00 p.m. Latin Reading Competition

5:15 p.m. Living Latin showcase, Michael Fontaine and John Kuhner

6:00 p.m. Reception in Klarman Atrium

7:00 p.m. Ann Patty, “The Talking Dead”

Saturday, October 29

10:00 a.m. Panel: Science, Technology and the Environment

  • Courtney Roby, “Asclepius in the Lab: Deriving New Remedies from the Ancient Pharmacy”
  • Astrid Van Oyen, “Roman Coca-Cola? Innovation Past and Present”
  • Sturt Manning, “The Classical Climate: Understanding the Past, Predicting the Future”

11:30 a.m. Panel: Art and Cultural Heritage

  • Caitlín Barrett “Imagining Ancient Egypt, from Augustus to the Arab Spring”
  • Verity Platt, “Speaking Statues, from Rome to Cornell”
  • Annetta Alexandridis, “Making Plaster Casts: A Never Ending Story”

12:30 p.m. Drop-in Sessions

  • Tours of the plaster casts
  • Workshop on the restoration of casts
  • Dendrochronology and archaeology showcase

2:00 p.m. Panel: Classical Antiquity and American Politics

  • Jill Frank, “The Power of Drones”
  • Hunter R. Rawlings III, “The Lion in the Path”
  • Alexander Livingston, “Three Cheers for Populism”

3:00 p.m. Panel: The Discomforts of the Past

  • Nicole Giannella, “Why Study Slavery?”
  • Tad Brennan, “Plato’s Misogyny”
  • Jeffrey Rusten, “Comedy is not Pretty”

4:30 p.m. Richard Fletcher, “Young Marble Giants: The Contemporary Art of Ancient Philosophy”

6:30 p.m. Reception, Klarman Atrium

8:00 p.m. Concert: Annie Lewandowski,” Bitter Banquet,” a staged song cycle inspired by the plays of Euripides. Featuring David Yearsley

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