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Spring 2014 Author Visit

Join the Classics Department for an informal Q&A with poet, author and translator Dr. Sarah Ruden.

Thursday, April 10
Hiemenga Hall 336

Dr. Ruden has a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University, and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University.  She has taught English, Latin and writing, and has been a tutor for the South African Education and Environment project.  She is a poet, translator and essayist.  Her scholarship concentrates on literary translation of Greek and Roman classics. She has published translations of the Satyricon of Petronius, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the Homeric Hymns, and Vergil’s Aeneid.  Her collection of poems, Other Places, won South Africa’s leading book prize, the Central News Agency Literary Award. 


Fall 2013 Public Lecture

Dr. Michael Fontaine (Cornell University)

"On Being Sane in an Insane Place: The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus' Epidamnus"

Thursday, September 26
ommons Annex Lecture Hall

Synopsis: Plautus’ Roman comedy Menaechmi (The Two Menaechmuses) of c. 200 BC anticipates in fictional form the famous Rosenhan experiment of 1973, a landmark critique of psychiatric diagnosis. An analysis of the scenes of feigned madness and psychiatric examination suggests that the play (and the earlier Greek play from which it was adapted) offers two related ethical reflections, one on the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, the other on the validity of the entire medical model of insanity—that is, of the popular notion and political truth that mental illness is a (bodily) disease ‘like any other’. The paper is thus offered as a contribution to the interpretation of the play as well as to the history of Psychiatry.

Free of charge. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

Also of interest

The Classics Department hosted a conference on spoken Latin in September 2013. For more information, see here.