Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Special Events


Fall 2020


  • 3 December (Thursday): Humanism of Antiquity Oral Demonstration, 5:30pm-7:00pm, virtual (zoom link forthcoming). Friends and supporters most welcome.

Exhibits and Performances

  • 19 - 27 September. Scenes from The Odyssey. Loyola University Chicago, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, online streaming. Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from Robert Fitzgerald's translation. An ingenious adaptation of Homer’s Greek myth, The Odyssey begins in a modern context, with a young woman struggling to understand a translation of the great work. As the play progresses, the ten-year journey of Odysseus is brought to life through classic mythological characters like Polyphemus the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, and the Sirens.
  • 5 November - 6 December 2020. The Gospel at Colonus at the Court Theatre of the University of Chicago. Soulful and stirring, The Gospel at Colonus reimagines the story of Oedipus as the centerpiece of an African American Pentecostal church service. A redemptive celebration, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event breathes new life into a classic myth with a score of powerful gospel music. A bold collaboration from an extraordinary team of artists led by Charles Newell and TaRon Patton. The Oedipus trilogy will wrap up with Antigone in the 2020-2021 season.


Recent Department Events

February 2020

  • 17 February (Monday): Initiation of new members of Iota Kappa, Loyola's chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate honorary society for students of ancient Greek and Latin, and celebration: all friends of Classics are invited! 4:15-6:00pm, Crown Center 200 E-W. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

November 2019

  • 11 November (Monday): Dr. Krishni Burns (University Illinois-Chicago) presents "Bringing Mother Home: Roman Multiculturalism and Magna Mater" for the Department of Classical Studies. 5:00pm, Institute for Environmental Studies Room 110, Loyola University Chicago, Lakeshore Campus. Open to the campus and public. Reception to follow.

October 2019

  • 2 October (Wednesday): Work-in-Progress colloquium. Nava Cohen (post-bac program), "Etiam si filium haberem tibi mandarem: Father-like Figures and Borrowed Sons in Pliny’s Epistles 2.1-2.10.” Crown Center 141, Loyola University Chicago, Lakeshore Campus. 4:30-5:30pm.
  • 30 October (Wednesday): Seneca's Thyestes, 5:00pm, Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center.

May 2019

  • 4 May (Saturday): Memorial for Dr. Ed Menes, Professor Emeritus. Memorial Mass, 10:00am, Ignatius House (6324 N. Kenmore). Luncheon, 11:30am, NEW LOCATION--Palm Court, Mundelein Center, 4th floor (1020 W. Sheridan Rd.). Lecture by Dr. Thomas Strunk (Xavier University, Loyola alum), "Two Things Equal to a Third Thing: Students and Teachers, Long Ago and Nearby," 1:15pm, NPalm Court, Mundelein Center, 4th floor. Loyola University Chicago, Lakeshore Campus.

March 2019

  • 13 March (Wednesday): "Exitium Caesaris"‌! commemorate the Ides of March with this performance of the death of Caesar presented in Latin. 6:00pm, Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center, Lake Shore Campus. The performance lasts about 20 minutes. Pizza party to follow.

November 2018

  • 14 November (Wednesday): Dr. Andrew Donnelly, "Re-experiencing Rome: the Next Apicius," Work-in-Progress Series. 4:00pm, Dumbach 124.
  • 28 November (Wednesday): Dr. Leanna Boychenko, "Theocritus Iambicist: Reconsidering Genre in the Idylls," Work-in-Progress Series. 4:00pm, Dumbach 124.

October 2018

  • 1 October (Monday): Dr. Alexandra Carpino, Professor of Art History and Department Chair, Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University, ,  5:00 pm, Damen Student Center Cinema.
  • 31 October (Wednesday): Dr. Leanna Boychenko, "Cleopatra, Hot or Not? Asking the Wrong Questions about Powerful Women," Loyola Feminist Lecture Series, 4:00pm-5:15pm, Piper Hall.

September 2018

  • 26 September (Wednesday): Dr. Pat Graham-Skoul, "Sappho 58.25-28: habrosyne and eros," Work-in-Progress Series. 4:00pm, Dumbach 5.

April 2018

  • 10 April (Tuesday): Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania, presents "Translating the Odyssey: How and Why," the 42nd annual Edward Surtz Lecture in the Humanities, Loyola University Chicago. 4:00-5:30pm, reception to follow. Piper Hall, Lake Shore Campus. 
  • 11-14 April (Wednesday-Saturday): The 114th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two Loyola students will present their research: Henry W. Lanphier (Post-Baccalaureate Program), "Didactic Medea: Problems and Possibilities in Using Medea to Study Athenian Gender Roles in the Classroom," and Stephanie Wong (BA Classics), "Dominance through Permanence: Schoolboy Graffiti in the Greco-Roman World." Lanphier and Wong will also moderate the Round Table Discussion "Ancient Mores and Modern Sensibilities."

March 2018

February 2018

  • 13 February (Tuesday): Loyola Classical studies student Keegan Sims presents his paper "Agriculture and Debt-Slavery in Archaic Greece" for the Department of Classical Studies. 4:30-5:30pm, Crown Center 572 (Department Library). Mr. Sims will be featured at the Seventh Annual Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference, Knoxville, TN, February 24. 
  • 25 February (Sunday): Katherine Kelaidis, NHM and Loyola University Chicago, presents "Byzantium: The Forgotten Empire" for the National Hellenic Museum. 2:00-4:00pm, National Hellenic Museum. $5 students/ $10 members/ $15 non-members. Registration required

November 2017

October 2017

  • 25 October (Wednesday): "Fasces or Fascism? The Balbo Monument in Chicago," panel discussion sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Featured panelists: Laura Gawlinski (Classical Studies), Anthony Cardoza (History), Andrew Donnelly (Classical Studies/History), Tim Libaris (BA-Classics). 5:30pm, Cudahy Science 202, Lake Shore Campus.

last updated 1 September 2020 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.