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Hamilton College to Host Classics Conference

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Posted March 25, 1998
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Hamilton College will host a two-day conference, Constructions of Sexuality and Gender in Ancient Rome, on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7. All presentations will be held in Dwight Lounge, Bristol Campus Center. The conference, which is sponsored by the departments of classics, comparative literature and women's studies, will feature five scholars in the field of classics and is free and open to the public.

Carlin Barton, professor of ancient history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will speak on Ancient Rome and the Rogue Male. Barton is the author of The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans and The Gladiator and the Monster. Her latest work, Fire in the Bones, focuses on Roman emotions of honor.

Shelley P. Haley, a professor of classics and women's studies at Hamilton College, will address Editing the Tricolon: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Rome. Haley specializes in classical traditions in North America, race and gender in classical antiquity and ancient Africa and its suppression in classical scholarship. Most recently, Haley has appeared on BBC's TimeWatch in an episode on Cleopatra that aired in England last December and which will soon be shown in the United States. She also will be featured in the series The Glory That Was Rome on the Learning Channel later this spring.

Amy Richlin teaches at the University of Southern California in both the classics and gender studies program. Her research interests include: Roman sexuality, satire, feminist theory and Roman women's history. She also has done research on Roman witches and the construction of manhood in Roman oratorical schools. Her presentation is entitled More than Just Good Friends: Male Bonding in the Roman Forum.

Carl Rubino also teaches in the classics department at Hamilton College. He has a broad range of research interests, including classical and modern literature and philosophy, literary theory and the connections between the humanities and the sciences. Professor Rubino will speak on Fathers and Fatherlands: The Construction of Masculinity in Horace. Currently, he is conducting a project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, that is aimed at fostering electronic collaboration between classics faculty and students at Hamilton and other institutions.

Jonathan Walters pursued careers in publishing and social work before obtaining his doctoral degree in classics from Cambridge University. Currently, he is a Mellon Fellow at the University of Southern California where a significant amount of his scholarship concerns Roman gender and sexuality, especially as they relate to concepts of manhood. Walters will speak on Learning to Perform Roman Manhood.

Schedule of Presentations

Monday, April 6, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Carlin A. Barton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Ancient Rome and the Rogue Male

Carl Rubino, Hamilton College - Fathers and Fatherlands: The Construction of Masculinity in Horace

Amy Richlin, the University of South California - More that Just Good Friends: Male Bonding in The Roman Forum

Tuesday, April 7, 1-3:30 p.m.

Jonathan Walters, the University of Southern California - Learning to Perform Manhood

Shelley P. Haley, Hamilton College - Editing the Tricolon: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Rome

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