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"The Nature of Human Nature: A Post-Genomics Perspective"
Monday, 19 March 2018
12:00 PM
Theodore Schurr, University of Pennsylvania
Penn Museum, Room 345, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

The Charles K. Wilkinson Lecture Series - Gardens, from Paradise to Parterre
Monday, 19 March 2018
2:00 PM
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Met Fifth Avenue
Three lectures on the topic of ancient gardens hosted by the Departments of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Egyptian Art, and Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Dr. José Galán, Research Professor, The Spanish National Research Council; Director, Djehuty Project: “An Ancient Egyptian Garden for Eternal Life”
Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Assistant Professor and Acting Executive Officer of the Master's Program in Liberal Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York: “Pots and Plants: Trade, Exchange, and the Creation of Gardens in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East”
D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “Water from Sand: From Desert to Garden in the Islamic World”
Sponsored by: Metropolitan Museum of Art

CAS Colloquium: Indian Country in the American Imagination: How Perception of Native American Cultures Shaped Johnson v. M'Intosh
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
12:00 PM
S. Margaret Spivey-Faulkner, Harvard University
Penn Museum, Widener Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
Early Native American public policy was created by men of European descent who themselves were steeped the Western intellectual tradition. Here, we take a look at the how the late-Eighteenth Century, Virginia aristocratic understanding of Native American peoples and cultures continues to reverberate through modern Native American public policy. The scholar George Wythe and his students John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson will be examined specifically, with an eye toward how their own intellectual heritage contributed to the Johnson v. M'Intosh Supreme Court decision.
Sponsored by: Center for Ancient Studies

Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Script in Ptolemaic Egypt
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
6:00 PM
Emily Cole, ISAW Visiting Assistant Professor
ISAW Lecture Hall, 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
In this paper, I will discuss the creative ways that individuals wove Demotic into traditional Hieroglyphic texts using a group of funerary stelae from the Ptolemaic cemeteries at Panopolis, modern Akhmim. These stelae created different visual experiences for audience members, dependent on their level of literacy. By drawing on both the textual and iconographic elements on the stelae, I will show that the individual agency of the person or family commissioning these memorials offered a means of innovating within the traditional realm of Egyptian religious representation. The updating of older features on these stelae with new approaches highlights the broader effect of changes to mortuary practice at this time, and the struggle to guarantee the religious efficacy of ancient rituals. Through this material, I will assess how individuals modified the visuality of both text and image on monuments of personal commemoration to accommodate new modes of interaction in the Hellenistic world. Please check isaw.nyu.edu for event updates.
Sponsored by: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

The First Emperor, the Chinese Empire, and the Wider World: Art and Material Culture of the Qin Dynasty
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
12:30 PM
Jason Sun, Metropolitan Museum of Art
College Hall, Room 224, Bryn Mawr College
By examining the art and material culture recovered through archaeology in the last fifty years, this presentation focuses on the First Emperor of China and the Empire that he created during the late third century B.C. It also explores the contact between China and other parts of the world, which resulted from the increased trade and exchange over the transcontinental Silk Road and through maritime routes across the oceans.
Sponsored by: Center for Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr College

The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
6:00 PM
Mathieu Ossendrijver, Humboldt University, Berlin
ISAW Lecture Hall, 15 East 84th St. New York, NY
In the first lecture the geographical and historical contours of Babylonian astronomy are sketched, the cuneiform sources are introduced, and the methodological framework for interpreting Babylonian astronomy as an ancient science is discussed. Babylonian astronomy takes us to ancient Iraq, where thousands of cuneiform tablets with an astronomical content have come to light since the end of the nineteenth century. What can we learn by studying these tablets? While early interpretations were strongly shaped by modern mathematics and astronomy, the focus of much current research has shifted to uncovering the conceptual framework of Babylonian astronomy and exploring its practical, institutional, political, religious, and social context. In order to achieve this, methodological considerations from the wider historiography and sociology of science are increasingly applied. Please check isaw.nyu.edu for event updates.
Sponsored by: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Hyde Lecture: Eutropius the Consul: Power, Ugliness, and Imperial Representation in Late Antiquity
Thursday, 22 March 2018
4:30 PM
Susanna Elm, Berkeley
Cohen Hall, Room 402, University of Pennsylvania
A certain Eutropius was made consul of the Eastern Roman Empire in 399 CE. Our best and most comprehensive source for Eutropius are two epic panegyrics composed by the poet Claudius Claudianus. Claudian, a native Greek speaker from Alexandria, became the foremost voice of the court of emperor Honorius in Milan, representing in particular the views of the military leader and imperial guardian Stilicho. Claudian’s Eutropius is thus a Western product, which makes assessments of the man and his work, especially from an Eastern perspective, exceedingly difficult. This is significant, because Eutropius was a eunuch. Claudian’s presentation of Eutropius the Eunuch is so powerful and had such lasting impact that it shaped much of the way the Eastern emperor Arcadius and his court are seen, to this day: as the paradigm of the weak emperor and the powerful court-eunuch. But Eutropius was also the consul and hence held the highest office after the emperors. What does that signify and what are the possible ramifications for conceptions of imperial leadership at the turn of the 4th to 5th century CE?
Sponsored by: Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

The Origin of the Jews
Thursday, 22 March 2018
5:00 PM
Steven Weitzman, University of Pennsylvania
Hillel 2nd Floor, University of Pennsylvania
The Jews are an ancient people with one of the longest recorded histories, yet scholars have long puzzled over their origins. When exactly did they appear? What were the precipitating factors that contributed to their arrival? This talk will explore some of the latest research bearing on the origin of the Jews, ranging from the Bible to 21st-century biology. Professor Weitzman will survey an area that has confounded historians and archaeologists for centuries with the help of genealogy, linguistics, archaeology, psychology, sociology, and genetics.
The talk will be followed by a reception celebrating the publication of Professor Weitzman’s book on the same topic, The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age, which just won a National Book Award.
Sponsored by: Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

University Seminar
Thursday, 22 March 2018
7:30 PM
Jeri DeBrohun, Brown University
Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive New York, NY, 10027
Sponsored by: Department of Classics, Columbia University

Gothic Arts: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Friday, 23 March 2018
10:00 AM
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania
This interdisciplinary conference, Gothic Arts, celebrates the polyvalent definition of ars in the long thirteenth-century of the medieval francophone world. Panels will examine the various arts—cultural products of thirteenth-century France—from a profoundly interdisciplinary perspective, including the conceptual, visual, material, legal, sonic, and literary. Details and a full schedule can be found at: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/gothicarts/
Sponsored by: The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Ancient Studies

The Hippocratic Oath in Context: Physician, Patient and Suicide
Friday, 23 March 2018
11:00 AM
Hartwin Brandt, IAS/Princeton - Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Italian Academy, 5th Floor Conference Room, Columbia University
The ancient Hippocratic Oath, presumably – after the Bible – the most influential (and intensively discussed) text from Classical Antiquity, still remains enigmatic. It is not mentioned in ancient sources before the first century CE but then – in the first three centuries CE – it occurs in several contexts. The main problems of interpretation will be presented in the talk. The text of the oath is to be contextualized, especially the famous passage regarding the prohibition to give a deadly medication (“pharmakon thanasimon”). It will be argued that the oath is (at least in part) a reaction on the increasing demand for physician-assisted suicide.
Sponsored by: Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia

Krems to Copenhagen, Rome to Harare; Archaeologists Working World Wide to Save Cultural Property
Friday, 23 March 2018
12:00 PM
Laurie Rush, U.S. Army
Penn Museum, Nevil Classroom, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by: Graduate Group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania

The Agnes Michels Lecture: Beyond Odysseus: Aeneas’ Political Fictions
Friday, 23 March 2018
4:30 PM
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, University of Chicago
Rhys Carpenter Library, Room B21, Bryn Mawr College
Sponsored by: Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College

Korsyn Lecture & UPM Egypt Culture Day: Every Tomb Tells a Story
Saturday, 24 March 2018
3:30 PM
Melinda Hartwig, Emory University
Penn Museum, Nevil Classroom, University of Pennsylvania
The painted decoration in the unfinished tomb chapel of Neferrenpet (TT 43) offers a treasure trove of information. Using historical records and monumental evidence, Dr. Hartwig will explore the career of the tomb owner and the date of his tomb. The latter will focus on the identity of the uninscribed king that dominates the chapel decoration. She will also turn to the hieratic notes in the tomb that identify Neferrenpet, his family and friends, and reveal the painter/scribe who decorated the tomb. Using this as a point of departure, Dr. Hartwig will end with a discussion of the mechanics of Theban tomb painting.
Sponsored by: ARCE-PA

Helen North Lecture: Initiating an Epic, Initiating a Hero: Diomedes and the Iliad
Monday, 26 March 2018
4:30 PM
David F. Elmer, Harvard University
Science Center, Room 199, Swarthmore College
Sponsored by: Classics, Swarthmore College

Choral Fabrications: Weaving, Cloth-making and Choral Song, and Dance in Archaic and Early Classical Greece
Tuesday, 27 March 2018
4:30 PM
Deborah Steiner, Columbia University
Betts Auditorium, Princeton University
Sponsored by: Department of Classics at Princeton University

Evaluating the place of Arslantepe in the Late Chalcolithic and Uruk period world: A View from the Glyptic Art
Tuesday, 27 March 2018
5:30 PM
Holly Pittman, University of Pennsylvania
Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive New York, NY, 10027
The site of Arslantepe has provided a vast amount of information about the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in eastern Anatolia. Situated on the upper Euphrates in the Malatya plain, it was always home to a distinct community that engaged with, but stood separate from, its neighbors to the south in the Mesopotamian Jezira. This lecture will focus on periods VII and IVB and will elaborate what the glyptic art can tell us about Arslantepe’s engagement with her neighbors before (period VII) and during (period VIB) the Uruk expansion.
Sponsored by: University Seminars, Columbia University