Departmental Lecture Series

All lectures, unless otherwise indicated, take place in the Classics Department Library, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, Room 1184, at 5:30 p.m., and are followed by a small reception in the Library and Lounge area. All lectures are free and the public are most welcome to attend.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all lectures will be happening on Zoom until further notice. We hope this won't discourage you from attending as this will allow our lecture series to reach those who might not be able to physically attend! We will continue to update this page with more info! 




Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020      

Dr. Katya Vogt

Columbia University

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 

Dr. Victoria Austen-Perry

University of Winnipeg

Tuesday, January 19th, 2020       

Dr. Rodica Firanescu

Dalhousie University


Dr. Andre Laks

Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City

Tuesday, March 16th, 2020      

Dr. Dermot Moran

Boston College

Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2020      

Dr. Peter Meineck

New York University

Tuesday, March 30th, 2020

Dr. Michael MacKinnon

University of Winnipeg

CAC/ACA Atlantic Tour



Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Dr. Melissa Funke

University of Winnipeg

Post-Classical Receptions of Immigrant Sex Workers in Classical Athens

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Dr. Ronald Haflidson 

St. John's College

Augustine's Confessions, Book 10

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Dr. Warren Huard

University of Winnipeg

Herakles the God

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Asmis

University of Chicago

Epicurean Justice With a Focus on Lucretius

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Dr. Paul Shore

University of Regina

Early Jesuit Translation of the Qu'ran

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Dr. Ben Akrigg, CAC Visiting Speaker

University of Toronto

Wealth and Inequality in Ancient Economies

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Dr. Deborah Roberts

Haverford College

Translation Issues in Aeschylean Poetry

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Dr. Therese Cory

University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Dr. Rodney Ritzsimons

Trent University

"Emergent polis in Crete"

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Dr. Larissa Atkison
Dalhousie University

"To Nobly Lie; Deception and Complicity in 'Philoctetes'"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dr. Chris Gibson


"Plato and Gadamer's Magical Mystery Tour: The Relevance of Plato's Dialogues to 20th Century Philosophical Heremeneutics"

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dr. Giulia Bonasio
Dalhousie University

"Aristotle's Eudemian Ethics"

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dr. Page duBois
University of California - San Diego

"Parrhesia and Polytheism"

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dr. David Konstan
New York University

"The Invention of Sin"

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dr. Geoffrey Moseley
Sewanee University of the South

"Reception of Plato and Aristotle in the Muslim World"

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dr. Kelly Olsen
University of Western Ontario

"Noblewomen and Leisure in Roman Antiquity"

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Dr. István Perczel
Central European University

"The Seventh Letter to Polycarp and links to Pseudo-Dionysius, Proclus, and a debate concerning the eternity of the world"

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Dr. Myles McCallum
St. Mary's University

"A River Runs through It: The Tiver's influence on the commercial organization of Roman central Italy"

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Dr. Emily Varto
Dalhousie University

"Greeks, Romans, and the 'Science of Man': Building a History of the Classics and Early Anthropology"

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Dr. Evan King

"Not According to Us: Berthold of Moosburg and the Retrieval of Platonic Theology in the 14th Century"

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Ms. Emma Curran
Princeton University

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Dr. Lisa Hughes
Classical Association of Canada Lecture Tour
University of Calgary

"The Art of Performance in Pompeii"

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dr. Florence Yoon

University of British Columbia

"Stop calling them "messengers": distinguishing character identity and function in Greek Tragedy"

The term "messenger" is a familiar one in the discussion of Greek tragedy, but its imprecision has contributed to a long-standing category confusion. This paper argues for a more restricted use by examining the related categories of tragic heralds and messengers, and insisting upon distinction between two commonly confused aspects of character: in-world identity and extradramatic function.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Michèle Anik Stanbury

McCain Postdoctoral Fellow
Mount Allison University

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

Dr. Stanbury writes: "Plotinus’ theory concerning the role and status of logical principles is a complex one. He does not outright reject the validity of logical principles. Their scope and utility, however, are circumscribed. The limitations of the scope of these principles—particularly the first among them, the principle of non-contradiction—is articulated most clearly in relation to the divine Intellect: the Intellect is asserted to be simultaneously one and many absolutely and without qualification.

I argue, first, that this seemingly contradictory statement is not a violation of the PNC, but rather an indication that the Intellect transcends the realm within which the PNC is applicable. To establish this claim, I argue that there are in fact pre-requisites for the PNC’s applicability which are not present in the mode of existence of the Intellect.

If it is indeed the case that 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. In the second part of my essay, I attempt 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."

Monday, January 23, 2017

Dr. Matthew Wood

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

"Moving Images:  An Interpretation of Rhetoric 411b 2-4"