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New Directions in Classics returns for a sixth year

The New Directions in Classics lecture series is returning this academic year with seven speakers.

The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Classics is bringing seven speakers to campus for the sixth annual New Directions in Classics lecture series.

Our talks this year engage with and reinforce the special qualities that make UWinnipeg a great place to learn, work, and study.

Dr. Peter J. Miller

Over the last five years, co-organizers Dr. Peter J. Miller, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics, and Ruth Dickinson (BA Hons ’18), member of the Board of Regents, have welcomed dozens of academics from around the world to Winnipeg.

This year’s series, which is sponsored by the Bonnycastle Lecture Series, Classical Association of Canada, and Society for Classical Studies, will be presented in person and also on Zoom. UWinnipeg’s Department of Modern Languages and Literature is also co-sponsoring a talk with an award-winning poet.

“For two years, we’ve reached audiences around the world via Zoom, but we’re thrilled to bring our series back in person on our campus in downtown Winnipeg,” said Dr. Miller. “One of the main inspirations behind the series in the first place was to reach students, faculty, staff, and members of the public who may be interested in ancient history and classics, but who aren’t involved formally. Although Zoom gave us a huge range of audience members from across the globe, it was hard to reach students and people right here in Winnipeg.”

Talks will range from detailed analysis of the evidence that survives from the past and informs our understanding of classical antiquity, to how the ancient Greek and Roman worlds influenced later societies, times, and places.

This series brings global topics and space and place to our university. Current research has allowed us to offer new ideas and broad connections through interdisciplinary learning and exploration in a whole new age of research,” Dickinson said. “Our range of topics over the past five years, and this upcoming season, have and will reveal that there is no lack of ingenuity and support for the arts and all other disciplines that are interconnected in how we learn from the past to understand our present and future. We look forward to engaging with, and being inspired by, these exceptional researchers.”

The series has been funded through the generosity of classics alumni and The University of Winnipeg Foundation’s endowed New Directions in Classics Fund.

New Directions in Classics Autumn Series

Thursday, September 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 1L13

Dr. Alexander Meyer, Department of Classical Studies at Western University, presents New Visions of the Stylus Tablets.

Friday, September 23 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 1L13

Dr. Elizabeth M. Greene, Department of Classical Studies at Western University, presents Local and Global Dynamics in a Roman Frontier Settlement: The Military Community at Vindolanda in the Early 2nd Century CE.

This presentation is part of the Bonnycastle Lecture Series.

Monday, October 17 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at 591 Pritchard Avenue

Dr. Rebecca Kennedy, Chair of Classic Studies at Denison University, presents Classics, Indigeneity, and Modern Scientific Race.

This presentation is sponsored by the Society for Classical Studies’ Classics Everywhere.

Thursday, November 3 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 1L13

Dr. Robert Weir, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Windsor, presents Coins and the Archaeologist. 

This presentation is part of the Classical Association of Canada’s Western Tour. 

Note: This broadcast will not be available on Zoom.

New Directions in Classics Winter Series

Friday, January 20 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 1L13

Dr. Victoria Austen, Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Classics at Carleton College, presents WikiEducation and the Classics Classroom.

Friday, March 3 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 1L13

Dr. Peter J. Miller, Department of Classics at UWinnipeg, presents Sport: Antiquity and Its Legacy.

Friday, March 24 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 1L13

Dr. Annick MacAskill, Department of Languages and Cultures at St. Mary’s University, presents Rewriting the Ancient World in Renaissance and Contemporary Poetry.

This presentation is co-sponsored by UWinnipeg’s Department of Modern Languages and Literature.

“Our talks this year engage with and reinforce the special qualities that make UWinnipeg a great place to learn, work, and study,” said Dr. Miller. “(A) deep commitment to teaching as Dr. Victoria Austen will explain in her talk on WikiEducation and teaching the classics; strong research that is relevant today, such as Rebecca Futo Kennedy’s talk on classics and scientific racial theory; and a focus on world-leading and ground-breaking scholarship that is rooted in specific places and times, such as the work of Alexander Meyer and Elizabeth Greene at the Roman fort of Vindolanda.”

New Directions in Classics has become one of UWinnipeg’s marquee public lecture series. The series’ goal is to find speakers who offer new methods in classical scholarship or new topics of contemporary relevance, especially to UWinnipeg’s place in an urban centre, its location on Treaty One Territory, and its institutional goal of decolonization and Indigenization.