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

 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

04:35 pm - 06:30 pm

Lecture: David Vine

"What Are We Getting Out of This?": U.S. Empire and the Military Overseas under Trump. With a response by Kehaulani J. Kauanui of American Studies and Anthropology. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump broke with longstanding foreign policy orthodoxy to ask, What are we getting? by spending tens of billions of dollars each year to maintain 800 US military bases in places from Germany and Japan to South Korea and Saudi Arabia and nearly 80 other countries. In this interactive, conversational event, political anthropologistDavidVine will discuss the state of the US Empire today, focusing on the often-overlooked role of US bases and how these installations affect everyone from host communities to US military personnel and their families. DavidVine is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University. His books include Base Nation: How US Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia . His other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, and Mother Jones among others; read his most recent piece in the Washington Post here . The event is co-sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Anthropology and Classical Studies Departments. Poster to follow. For further information contact Eirene Visvardi - evisvardi@wesleyan.edu

Downey House Downey 113 (Hobbs Classroom)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

04:30 pm - 06:30 pm

Lecture: Classical Studies

Zacharoula Petraki, Department of Philology, University of Crete will give a talk on Hideous Bodies, Deified Heroes in Sophocles and Plato . Oedipus at Colonus , Sophocles' last tragedy, presents the death of the terrifying and miserable Oedipus as a transformation from being a helpless and blind beggar to becoming a powerful cult hero. In the Phaedo, Plato similarly presents the dying Socrates as ascending to a heroic status. In her talk, Zacharoula Petraki brings together the two remarkable deaths and seeks to explain the ways in which both Sophocles and Plato create heroes out of hideous and polluted bodies.

Downey House Downey 113 (Hobbs Classroom)