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Celebrating Excellence in the Humanities: 2015-16 Spring Awards

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Humanists study the stories of humanity, in all their wonderful and tragic manifestations. The annual “Celebrating the Humanities” event is an opportunity for you to participate in this never-ending exploration of what it means to be human. Event Photos: I hope you will be able to join me on Tuesday, May 31 from 4-6 pm […]

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Carol Dougherty: “Nobody’s Home: Metis, Improvisation, and the Instability of Return in Homer’s Odyssey”

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

The UCSC Classical Studies Program presents The Annual Carl Deppe Lecture with Professor Carol Dougherty Wellesley College This talk considers Homer’s Odyssey in light of recent work in improvisatory studies to suggest that returning home is a creative rather than restorative act. Odysseus is famous for his mētis, exactly the kind of practical reasoning upon […]

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Shaul Bassi: “Shylock vs. Sarra Copia Sullam: Reframing the Venice Ghetto, 1516-2016”

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

The Ghetto of Venice, founded 500 years ago, has been long haunted by the ghostly presence of Shylock, the most famous imaginary Jew. The lecture will consider Shakespeare alongside the work of Jewish Venetian poet Sarra Copia Sullam (1592-1641), as well as contemporary poetry and fiction that reimagines the Ghetto for the global present. Shaul […]

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Spring Awards & Humanities Undergraduate Research Award Presentations (HUGRA)

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

SPRING AWARDS & HUMANITIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD PRESENTATIONS This annual “Celebrating Humanities” event is an important opportunity to acknowledge those who have achieved special recognition, awards, and distinctions over the course of this past year. The Humanities Undergraduate Research Awards (HUGRA) support and encourage undergraduate research. In 1996, the Humanities Division began awarding students undertaking […]

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Adrienne Mayor: "The Warrior's Husband: Theseus, Antiope, and the Amazons”

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Fierce Amazons are at the center of some of the most famous Greek myths. Every great hero, from Heracles to Achilles, tangled with warrior queens, and Theseus captured and married the Amazon Antiope. Were Amazons mere figments of the Greek imagination? Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, this lecture reveals intimate, […]

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A Dramatic Reading of Dacia Maraini's Play "Norma '44"

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

The Italian Studies Program Presents: A Dramatic Reading of Dacia Maraini's Play Norma '44 Adapted for the stage from the translation by Monica Streifer and Lucia Re Directed by Kimberly Jannarone (UCSC Theater Arts) Set in an unnamed concentration camp in 1944 Germany, Norma '44 tells the story of the perverse bond that grows between […]

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Carl Mark Deppe Lecture: Harry Berger Jr.: "Dying Angry: The Wrath of Socrates in Plato's Dialogue, Phaedo"

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Plato wrote four dialogues dramatizing the last days and death of Socrates: Euthyphro, The Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. “Dyng Angry” will focus on Socrates’s behavior and performance —and weirdness—in Phaedo. Harry Berger Jr. came to Cowell College and UCSC from Yale in 1965 when our campus opened. He was the first appointment in English Literature, […]

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Simon Goldhill: "First Words, Dying Moments: Starting and Ending in Sophocles and Euipides"

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

The UCSC Classical Studies Program and the President's Chair in Ancient Studies present the annual Carl Deppe Lecture How does tragedy start and stop – and what does it tell us about the ends of man? Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at Cambridge where he also runs the university's interdisciplinary research center. He has […]

Lawrence “Ren” Weschler

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Lawrence Weschler Lawrence "Ren" Weschler will present a special lecture "Convergences" in advance of his visit to Bookshop Santa Cruz to promote his latest book, Uncanny Valley.  In his talk Weschler will consider a spectrum of such convergent effects, from apophenia (the tendency of humans to see patterns where none exist) through co-causation, fractalization, influence […]

Emily Greenwood: “Regarding Priam: Reconciliation and Classical Reception”

Cowell Provost House Cowell Provost House, Cowell Service Rd‎ University of California Santa Cruz, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

The UCSC Classical Studies Program and the President's Chair in Ancient Studies present the annual Carl Deppe Lecture: In light of David Malouf's 2009 novel Ransom, based on Priam's supplication of Achilles in Book 24 of Homer's Iliad, the lecture will consider the figure of Priam as a vehicle for reconciling cultures and histories via […]