Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Special Events


Fall 2021


  • 25 October (Monday): Dr. Katherine Blouin (University of Toronto Scarborough), presents "Born Again: Alexandria's Foundation Story and Modern Colonial Imaginations" for the Department of Classical Studies John F. Callahan Lecture. 5:00pm-6:30pm, virtual: register here through eventbrite to receive the zoom link. Free and open to the public.
  • 21 October (Thursday): Works-in-Progress series, Dr. Leanna Boychenko, "An Anecdote about Ptolemy III: Reconsidering Euphantus FHG III 19 in Light of the Odyssey and Callimachus' Hymn to Artemis," 3pm, Crown Center 572 (Department Library).
  • 29 October (Friday): The Departments of Classical Studies, English, and Modern
    Languages & Literatures invite Loyola students, staff, and faculty to "Scary Stories, Near and Far." 6:00-8:00pm, Crown Center Lobby and Auditorium. Refreshments will be served before a reading of spooky stories. If you are interested in reading, please contact Dr. Boychenko (lboychenko at luc.edu).


  • 2 December (Thursday): Works-in-Progress series, Dan Sanders (Post-Bac), "Nes Gadol Haiyah Po [A Great Miracle Happened Here]?: Hasmonaean Political Self-Representation, Foundation Myth, and the Hanukkah Story, Between Text and Archaeology" 3pm, Crown Center 572 (Department Library). [cancelled--will be rescheduled in spring]
  • 9 December (Thursday): Humanism of Antiquity Oral Demonstration, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Crown Center 142. Friends and supporters most welcome. Followed by End of Semester party in the Rambler Room, Centennial Forum.


Exhibits and Performances

  • 30 September - 10 October. Loyola University Chicago presents Polaroid Stories, a play drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses and interviews with youth experiencing homelessness.


Recent Department Events

April 2020

  • 29 April (Thursday): Humanism of Antiquity Oral Demonstration and Honors Convocation, 5:30-7:30pm. Virtual (contact department for zoom link). Friends and supporters most welcome.

March 2020

  • 22 March (Monday): Dr. Christopher Polt (Boston College) presents "urbs procul est, urbs magna, Chicago: Latin Drama, Jesuit Education, and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair," Department of Classical Studies, John F. Callahan Lecture. 5:00pm-6:30pm, virtual (zoom link forthcoming). Part of Loyola University Chicago's 150th Anniversary celebrations.

February 2020

  • 12-26 February (Fridays): Chicagoland Classics invites you to the NonHomerathon, virtual readings of Aeschylus' Oresteia, sponsored by the Department of CLassics and Mediterranean Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. 4:30pm. Readings followed by talk-backs on the theme of justice. Sign up to participate or access the zoom link to watch.
    • 12 February: Agamemnon. Theme: Justice as a Democratic Principle. Guest discussant: Dr. Allannah Karas, Asst. Prof. of Greek and Roman Studies, Valparaiso University
    • 19 February: The Libation Bearers. Theme: Retribution in the Modern Justice System. Guest Discussant: Dr. Jessica Bird Visiting Asst. Prof. of Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC.
    • 26 February: The Eumenides. Theme: transformative justice.Dr. Sangeetha (Sangi) Ravichandran, Associate Director of the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC
  • 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 8 December 2021 by lgawlinski