Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics

Talks and Events

Whether you are a student of classics or an interested member of the Loyola community, the Classics Department invites you to join us at the following events:

Cultural Events for Fall 2017

  • Odds Bodkin performing “The Odyssey: The Belly of the Beast” (a live-
    performance retelling of Odysseus’ adventures in Troy and with the Cyclops).
    Thursday, 9/14, 7:00pm McGuire West 

  • Dr. Dustin Dixon, Grinnell College, on “Classical Tragedy and Horror Films.”
    Monday, 10/16,  6:00, Location: Knott B01


  • Janet Stephens, amateur forensic archaeologist, on “”.
    Monday, 11/13, Time: TBA, Location: TBA


  • Dr. Joseph Walsh, Loyola College, on “Roman Spectacles”
    Thursday, 11/30, Time: TBA, Location: TBA

Events for Spring 2017

  • Classical Civilization and History Double major wins Research Fulbright grant to Belgium. Read the story.
  • How Loyola’s Honors Program inspires students to take an interdisciplinary journey. Read the story on Loyola magazine.


Events for Fall 2016

Odds Bodkin performs "The Illiad Book 1"  - Thursday, September 15th 7:00PM  Macguire Hall

The Big Dig: Students Present Summer Work, Saturday October 1, Knott Hall B01
Choose 1 or all of the following sessions: 

Panel 1: Digging Women  (1:00 PM)
Katie Wright, Summer Study: Troia Archaeological Summer School and Halmyris Excavation
Ian McNeely, Research Fellowship: “The Female Ideal: Representation and Myth in Heliodorus’ Aithiopika”
Kelly Keenan, Research Fellowship: “Narratives of Women in the Rwandan Genocide”

Panel 2: Learning Language and Law  (2:00 PM)
Joshua Ziesel, “A Corpus-Based Linguistic Study of Greek Tragic Interjections in Roman New Comedy”
Calix O’Hara, Research Fellowship: “The Transcription and Analysis of Sentences Commentaries”
Joshua Ziesel, German Study at the Goethe Institute
Margaret Kenna, Internship, Hartford Superior Court: The Office of the Public Defender (Judicial District/Part A)

Panel 3: Digging into Fine Art   (3:00 PM)
Rebeccah Swerdlow, Research Fellowship: “Mariana Mirroring Penelope: A Case of Classical Influence on Pre-Raphaelite
Kelly Mueller, Internship at Western Reserve Historical Society

“Caesar: the General, the Historian, and his Self-Portrait in The Gallic War,” **Thursday, October 6 – 6:00pm KHB03

“Cicero on How to Win an Election”  – Philip Freeman, Friday October 4,  4th Floor Programming Room, 3:00pm

Events for Spring 2016

  • Dustin Dixon, “Zeus the Clown-Gatherer: Greek and Roman Mockery of the Divine,”
April 21, 7pm Knott Hall B03
  • Bustrip to National Gallery in Washington, DC for the exhibit “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World,” 

    Saturday, February 6th 10:00AM departure
  • Sara Monoson, “Socrates in the Vernacular,” Humanities Symposium

Keynote Address, March 10, 6:00pm, McGuire Hall

  • Joseph Walsh, “Nero and the Great Fire of Rome,” 

Thursday, March 31, 6:30 pm KH B01

  • Spring Party – Sunday April 24 – Professor Taylor’s house– 6:00pm 

Events for  Fall 2015

  • Odds Bodkin, performing “The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast”

                            Thursday, September 10, 7:00pm, McGuire East

  • American Shakespeare Company’s Method in Madness Tour –   Performance of Julius Caesar                                       

 Friday, September 25, 7:00pm, McManus Theater

  • Screening of 300 Library Auditorium 10/27 and 10/28 7:00pm
  • Martha Taylor, “Roman Arches and Columns Past and Present”

                           Thursday, November 5, 7:00pm

  • Dr. Luca Graverini, University of Sienna, Arezzo campus,  “Under a Harlot Mistress: Circe in the Latin West"

                            Tuesday, Dec. 1 5:00pm KH 309 

Events for Spring 2015

  • April 9, 6pm, Knott Hall B03.  Dr. Miola (Loyola) presents his current research with talk titled "Realms of Gold? Chapman's Iliad."  
  • January 29, 6pm, Knott Hall B03.  Matt Amt talks about Greek armor and weapons.

Events for Fall 2014

  • Thursday, 13 November, 5 p.m., Library Auditorium.  Dr. Marden Nichols (Georgetown University) speaks about "Pompeii in America."

  • "Conversations with Oedipus," a 3-day symposium on the contemporary value of ancient drama, featuring talks by Dr. David Jacobson (Loyola), Dr. Al Duncan (University of Utah, Salt Lake City), and an "original practices" production of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, performed by the 2014 Randolph College Greek Play and directed by Amy R. Cohen (Randolph College).  Read about this event here or listen to Dr. Jacobson describe it on this podcast.


Events for Spring 2014

  • Wednesday, 9 April, 5 p.m., Hopkins Court Lounge.  Dr. David Jacobson (Loyola) discusses "Onomastics in The Hunger Games: the case of Plutarch Heavensbee."
  • Wednesday, 2 April, 11 a.m., 4th floor programming room (Andrew White Student Center).  Dr. Keith R. Bradley (University of Notre Dame) speaks on “The Bitter Chain of Slavery” as part of this year’s Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Colloquium on Language, Literature and Society, on the theme of “Slavery Through the Ages.”
  • Thursday, 20 March, 6 p.m., Knott Hall Basement 03.  Ms. Janet Stephens presents “Ovid's Cosmetology: the hair science behind Amores 1.14,” and demonstrates Roman hairstyles on the students!
  • Thursday, 13 March, 5 p.m., location TBA.  Dr. Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University) delivers this year’s Humanities Symposium keynote lecture on “Walking in Our Sleep: Conformity and Transformation in Thoreau's Walden.”
  • Thursday, 6 February, 5 p.m., Knott Hall Basement 03.  Dr. Joel Christensen (University of Texas at San Antonio) speaks on “Emerging from the Cyclops' Cave: Odysseus' Odyssey and Breaking Bad's Walter White.”

Events for Fall 2013

  • Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m. (place: 4th Floor Programming Room) Professor Erich Gruen (UC Berkeley), “Did Ancient Identity Depend on Ethnicity?” 
  • Friday, November 8, 11 a.m. (place: Cohn Hall 133)  Dr. David Jacobson's Latin 104 class celebrates the anniversary of Cicero's first speech against Catiline with a performance in Latin and English.  It remains a mystery why Iron Man was there.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 5 p.m. (place: Knott Hall B01) Dr. Nandini Pandey and her students, “Reading Rome through Vergil” 
  • Tuesday, October 1, 5 p.m. (place: Knott Hall B01): Matt Amt presents on Roman armor and weapons

Events for Spring 2013

  • Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. (place: KH B01): Athena Kirk, Mellon Junior Faculty fellow, Washington and Lee University speaks on "Eating Meat in Ancient Greece"
  • Friday, April 5, 4:45 p.m. (place: Sellinger Hall 203): Sidney Christman, senior Classics major and History minor, Loyola University Maryland, presents her research on "The Forms and Functions of Smiling in Homer's Iliad"
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 7-8:30 p.m. (place: KH B01): Martha Taylor speaks on "Arches and Columns from Rome to Baltimore"
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. (place: KH B01): Joseph Walsh speaks on "Ancient Rhetoric and the Letter from Birmingham City Jail"
  • Thursday, March, 14, 5:30 pm (McGuire Hall): J. Kameron Carter, Ph.D., professor at the Duke University Divinity School delivers the Humanities Symposium Keynote Address on "The Postracial Blues: Martin Luther King's Jailhouse Intervention."
  • Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. (place: KH B01): Athena Kirk, Mellon Junior Faculty fellow, Washington and Lee University speaks on "Eating Meat in Ancient Greece"

Events for Fall 2012

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5-6:30 p.m. (Knott Hall Basement 01):  Matt Amt demonstrates Greek military armor
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. (Knott Hall Basement 01):  Dr Nandini Pandey speaks on Augustan Art
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. (Knott Hall Basement 01):  Dr Joe Walsh presents Roman History in a Nutshell

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