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Classics News: Spring is Coming 2017

Posted by Classics Department on February 27, 2017 in News

Wisdom Belongs to God

Registration And website

“Wisdom belongs to God” colloquium with “God Everyday and Everywhere” (the 37th Atlantic Theological Conference)

Sunday June 18th to Saturday, June 24th, 2017

to be held at and co-sponsored by the University of King’s College is open for registration. On its website you will find details of the Programme, the titles and abstracts of the colloquium papers, and materials to help participants of all kinds and levels to prepare for this week long festival. There is also a link to the conference registration site and King's accommodations booking site. Inquiries to Justin Wollf at wollfjustin@gmail.com. All are invited to this week of philosophy, literary study and theology. See


Colloquium materials, including drafts of Dr Hankey’s papers will also be found on his Academia.edu site



The Metaphysical Origin of the Principles of Logic in Plotinus’ Emanative System

Thursday March 2, 7 p.m.

Dr Michèle Anik Stanbury

Classics Departmental Library

The scope and utility of logical principles, particularly the principle of non-contradiction, are circumscribed. The divine Intellect is asserted to be simultaneously one and many absolutely and without qualification.  If there are Plotinian metaphysical realms which transcend the logical principles, but others within which they hold sway, then these principles must have a source or origin within Plotinus’ emanative system.  Dr Stanbury attempts to identify the metaphysical origin of the logical principles in the process by which the world soul emanates from the divine Intellect, focusing particularly on the implications of Ennead III.7:  On Eternity and Time.

This talk will be of special interest to those thinking about Augustine’s Trinitarian theology, the mystical theology of Dionysius and Bonaventure and of Nicholas of Cusa.


Pythian Games: The Muses

Friday, March 10th, 5 p.m.

in the Scotiabank Auditorium

You can still perform

The Pythian Games will be played again this year at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 10th. The theme of this year’s Games is the Muses. The happy mixture of poetry, music, and performance for which the games are renowned will be under the direction of Dr Christopher Grundke, Acting Precentor. The registration deadline for participants has been extended to March 1st.


Dr Peter O'Brien, King’s Vice-President

Dr Roberta Barker, Associate Dean of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Peter O'Brien (Honours, 1990; MA, 1992) will succeed another alumnus of Classics, Kim Kierans (Honours, 1983), as the Vice-President of the University of King’s College, on July 1, 2017. Dr Roberta Barker (Honours in Classics and English, 1997) will become Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on July 1, 2018. Both of these award winning King’s Carnegie Professors will continue some teaching in Classics and Theatre respectively. Not since Colin Starnes (PhD, 1976) was President of King’s  (1993-2003) has an active member of the Department held such high office in the College. Confident in their gifts, we wish both Peter and Roberta courage and good fortune in the work of rebuilding.  


It’s a girl … and a boy!

Peter (BA First Class Honours, 2009; MA, 2012) and Erin Bullerwell are celebrating the birth of Walter Lawrence Bullerwell on January the 20th. Katie and Justin (1st year MA studies) Wolff rejoice in Flora Anne Wolff born  the 15th of February.


Concluding Lecture for the 2016-17 Foundation Year Programme

Dr Wayne Hankey will deliver this Lecture on Monday April 10 at 9:30 am in Alumni Hall at Kings. Entitled “We have come to a certain end of Western Civilization: Endings and Beginnings”, the lecture will be followed by a reception.


Dionysius 34 (2016)

Dionysius 34 for 2016 is out with articles on polytheism, Socrates & Skepticism, Plato, Aristotle, Proclus, Dionysius the Areopagite, Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas. There is a mix of senior scholars and those making promising starts including two from the Department.

Visit https://www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/classics/journals/dionysius.html to subscribe.


Coming in our next issue are details about our outstanding entry class for graduate studies & placements of our graduates.


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