The Department came together this spring to organize a successful grad student conference around themes of visuality in the ancient world, drawing from an array of scholarly disciplines. We welcomed an international group of speakers from departments of Philosophy, Art History, Classics, and Archaeology from as far away as Italy and Germany. Discussions covered a broad range of topics from Epicurean theories on vision, to visuality and visual narratives in ancient poetry and culture. We were fortunate to have had two brilliant keynote speakers in Art History Assistant Professor Seung Jung Kim and Princeton Professor Andrew Feldherr.
The conference presented a great opportunity to interact with students from different areas and scholarly backgrounds. There already seems to be considerable interest in making this conference a regular Departmental event, and a few brave souls have already volunteered to serve on the next planning committee. At this fall’s GCCU meeting, we will aim to strike that committee and talk about possible themes for a next conference.
– Bradley Hald, Head of the 2015-2016 Graduate Conference Organizing Committee