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VWC was just given official go-ahead to begin our own chapter of Eta Sigma Phi!! Congratulations Classics and Latin majors and minors for a job well done!!
VWC Winter Session in Rome, January 2012: Because of recent disturbances in Greece, the Classics Department's Winter Session class has opted to change destinations: we will now spend two weeks pacing the storied streets of Urbs Aeterna, Rome, oohing at rusticated Renaissance palazzos and aahing at ruins of the Ara Pacis, the Domus Aurea, and much, much more. Students who participate will still receive four credits and an "H" for General Studies!! Best of all, since Winter Session classes can be folded into your annual tuition, you pay only a nominal tuition fee (ca. $125 per credit) to VWC for this class. For more information, email Ben Haller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW in the Classics Department: Virginia Wesleyan College now officially offers a minor in Latin. Demanding significant coursework at the upper levels while offering a chance to take a range of classes in language and civilization, the Latin Minor should prove a useful arrow in the quiver of any job-seeker.
Ben Haller will appear on a CNU Interdisciplinary Panel, speaking on the Odyssey, on November 9 at 1 p.m. in the Blechman Room at CNU.
Ben Haller will lead a discussion entitled "An Angler in the Lake of Darkness: the Emperor Nero's Misspent Youth and Reign" November 17, 1-3 p.m., at the Institute for Learning in Retirement
On Thursday March 8, in an afternoon meeting with Ben Haller’s Roman History students and in a subsequent evening lecture and reading, Stanley Lombardo, a professor of Classics at the University of Kansas whose translations of Homer, Vergil, and Dante are read the world over, offered the Virginia Wesleyan community reflections on his experiences translating the Iliad and Odyssey.
Lombardo likened the difficulties and rewards besetting the translator who embarks on the quest to know the mind of Homer to the Zen practice of solving insoluble riddles or koans, wherein the student attempts to divine the mind of his master not just in the ordinary quotidian sense, but rather must strive to capture an awareness of “the mind before words and speech appear.” Approaching Homer with this aim, Lombardo became aware of a characteristic light suffusing the world created in Homer’s poetry – “a sense of seeing things as if for the first time, and seeing their essential wholeness.”
Lombardo illustrated this unique quality of Homer’s Weltanschauung with readings of selections from his translation, enabling the VWC community to recapture for a brief moment an echo of how Homer’s original audiences must have once experienced the tale of Troy: not as a series of images of flashy, scantily-clad Hollywood actors cavorting across a movie screen, but as a living song accompanied by music, and recited by a skilled craftsman with drama and feeling.
Kurt Raaflaub, Brown University, spoke to a standing room only audience on Thursday March 3, 6:00 p.m., Clarke 118, Virginia Wesleyan College. His talk, "Leaders in War and Bravery: The Ideology of War in Late Fifth-Century Athens", challenged us to consider the nature of propaganda and political dissent in the world's first Democracy. The Classics Department would like to express its deepest gratitude to Dr. Raaflaub for an excellent and very well-received lecture.
We would also like to acknowledge gratefully the generous contributions made by Dean O'Rourke and Dean Buckingham, and Paul Rasor of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom for helping to get the word out!!
Dr. Haller delivered a presentation entitled "Francis Daniel Pastorius' Delicae Hortenses and the Pastoral Ideal" at the October 2011 meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. The presentation examined how Pastorius, the polyglot Pietist founder of Germantown, Pennsylvania, uses the Roman poet Vergil to articulate his vision of agrarian life in Penn's new colony, and how John Greenleaf Whittier revisited Pastorius' Vergilian literary identity to refashion this gardening schoolteacher into an unlikely Aeneas of a new nation.
The Classics Club and Mythology classes have seen Verdi's Aida, had movie nights to see Pandora's Box and Star Wars, and visited the Chrysler Museum thus far in Fall 2011. Interested in learning more? Contact Ben Haller at email@example.com.
CNU and the Tidewater Classical Symposium hosted Dr. Robert Cape for an extremely informative overview of the new Caesar/Vergil A.P. exam. Dr. Cape explained the format of the exam, and gave myriad helpful pointers on how to teach Caesar effectively.
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m., 2011: Ben Haller delivered a paper entitled, "Myth, Architecture, and Memory: Chris Nolan's Inception, Ariadne, and Iphigeneia." At the panel, Classical Representations in Popular Culture PCA/ACA and the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
The Ajax Project: A Version of Sophocles' AjaxPerformances are at 8:00 p.m., Wed., Feb. 16 - Sat., Feb. 19, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, Blackbox Theater. At 7 each evening before the performance there will be informational talks by the translator, director, and CNU faculty on various aspects of the play. Translated by Dr. Jana Adamitis and Produced and Directed by Mary-Kay Gamel.
Phi Alpha Theta (the History Honor Society) saw "The Eagle" after an intro talk by Ben Haller, Saturday February 18.
The "Love Liberally" series: VWC faculty will open their classrooms to fellow faculty and students for Valentine's Day themed talks. Classical offerings include Lee Jordan-Anders' "Love Songs throughout the Ages" (9:00 Monday), Michael Hall's "Anaktoria's Ankle" (10:30 Monday), and Ben Haller's "Catastrophic Love Affairs and Misunderstood Femmes Fatales" (1:30 Monday).
The Classics Club saw the new sword-and-sandals extravaganza "The Eagle" on Saturday, February 12 and elected Arthur Hidell president and Samuel Ajibola vice president.
Saturday, February 5, 2011: Latin Day; For Area High School Students. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA. Ben Haller did "Greek 102" at 1:30 p.m.
November 13, 2010: Steve Walsh Addressed the Tidewater Classical Symposium on Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fine Arts 9, Virginia Wesleyan College.
Ben Haller, Jane Walsh, Steve Walsh; Photo by Lisa Auanger
Friday October 8, 2010: Dr. Haller delivered a paper entitled, "More than a mere Suasoria: Lucian’s Phalaris" at the 2010 Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Newark New Jersey.
Tuesday March 9, 2010: Dr. Haller delivered a talk entitled, "Ideal Landscapes in Greco-Roman Epic: Environmental Ethics in the Ancient World" as part of the "Reflections in Research: Double Feature" Series at Virginia Wesleyan College (11:00, Clarke 118).
January 17, 2009: Latin Day For Area High School Students Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.