11/3 Tom McGinn, “The Expressive Function of Law: Problems and Possibilities”

Please join the Department Monday 11/3 at 5:30 in the Tupelo Room at the Barnard Observatory for a lecture by Dr. Thomas McGinn of Vanderbilt University on the idea in Roman law of the lex imperfecta, a law without a sanction attached, and its relation to the modern theory of law’s “expressive function,” i.e., that law can make a statement or influence social norms in ways unconnected to enforcement or its consequences.

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10/22 Steven Ellis, “Pompeii from the Bottom Up”

Our first AIA lecture of the year was a grand success with Dr. Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati speaking to a packed house about his long-running archaeological project in a working-class neighborhood in Pompeii.

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10/2: Joe Goodkin’s Odyssey

Join us for a free community performance of Joe Goodkin’s Odyssey, a 30-minute original musical composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice, which tells the story of Homer’s Odyssey in a series of 24 short songs.  It has been performed over 100 times for audiences of all ages and was honored in 2003, 2004, and 2012 with an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Award.  Thursday, 10/2 at 5:30 in the main floor Bryant Hall Gallery.  Contact Dr. Pasco-Pranger at 915-7097 if you have questions!

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Dr. Aileen Ajootian named ASCSA Whitehead Professor

Aileen_AjootianDr. Aileen Ajootian of the Department of Classics has been selected to serve as Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for 2014-2015. In this prestigious position, Dr. Ajootian will reside at the American School and continue her research project treating several large but fragmentary Roman architectural sculpture programs excavated in the Forum at ancient Corinth. Upon completion, the study will be submitted to the ASCSA for publication in their series of Corinth volumes. In addition, she will teach a seminar to the Regular Members of the School, who are graduate students in Classics from US and Canadian universities. As Dr. Ajootian describes it, the seminar, Studying Ancient Sculpture: From Apotheke and Marble Pile to Publication, “is designed to encourage young scholars to focus on ancient sculpture, to help them learn current methods of analysis, to guide them through the process — from visual analysis and physical description to research, interpretation, and publication.” The University of Mississippi has been Cooperating Institution of the American School for many years, and Dr. Ajootian herself has maintained a close research relationship with the School throughout her years at the University.

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