James Capreedy ’94, an assistant professor of classics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will give a lecture titled “Geography, Digital Mapping and the Fall of Rome” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4:10 p.m., in the Taylor Science Center, room 3024.
Capreedy’s research focuses on regional alliances in classical Greece and their relationship with Sparta’s Peloponnesian League; his most recent article on this topic was published last August in Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies. He has recently become interested in how digital pedagogies can lead to better student learning experiences and is now working on a project that examines how spatial thinking fits into a liberal arts education.
Capreedy, who has taught at Colby College and Santa Clara University, majored in classical languages at Hamilton and received his master’s degree from Tufts and his Ph.D. from The University of British Columbia. His talk will describe how combining the study of antiquity with the use of digital mapping tools can lead to more advanced levels of analysis, enabling students to define their own spaces to analyze, collect their own data, ask their own questions and thus frame their own discussions about history.
The event is sponsored by The Classics Department and the Digital Humanities Initiative and is free and open to the public.