• Classical Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Classical Studies


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

04:15 pm - 06:30 pm

Performance: Classical Studies

Joe Goodkin's Odyssey. J oe Goodkins Odyssey is a 30 minute original musical composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice. Drawing on his years of writing and recording original rock music and his Bachelors Degree in Classics/Ancient Greek from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Joes performance represents in a contemporary musical mode both the abridged plot and the performance circumstances of Homers original oral composition of The Odyssey . Part lecture, part musical performance, and part interactive discussion, the centerpiece of Joes program is a 30 minute continuous performance of 24 original songs with lyrics inspired by Odysseus famous exploits. Often performed without amplification, Joes Odyssey is an oasis of simplicity and substance in our modern desert of technology and style. Joe has performed his Odyssey nearly 200 times in 30 states and has been honored with several ASCAP Composers' awards.

Downey House Downey 113 (Hobbs Classroom)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

04:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Lecture: Josiah Ober Guest Lecture

Demopolis: Political participation and civic dignity, ancient and modern Josiah Ober (Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University) Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for Public Life, the departments of Classical Studies, Government, and the College of Social Studies The marriage between liberalism and democracy is not inevitable. A renowned scholar of ancient Athens, Josiah Ober has devoted his career to studying the dynamics and strategies of democracies - both ancient and modern -as they adapt to serve a changing electorate. The first democratic government in Athens struggled and succeeded in the face of the challenges very similar to those we face today: how to balance the influence of elites against the political needs of a rising middle class and immigrant population, and how to adapt political and social institutions for a population increasingly ethnically and economically diverse. Ober employs a macrohistorical approach that draws both on ancient history and on contemporary theory of collective and rational choice, and challenges our assumptions about the comfortable co-existence of liberalism, prosperity, and democratic government. The keynote lecture will be followed by an open panel discussion with Dr. Ober and Wesleyan faculty.In keeping with the civic aims of the Allbritton Center for Public Life, the event will be an opportunity to engage in thoughtful dialogue about where and how our democratic voices can best be sounded. Contact information: Kate Birney, Classical Studies kbirney@wesleyan.edu Eirene Visvardi, Classical Studies evisvardi@wesleyan.edu

Allbritton Center Allbritton 311