Talk: Fashion and Elegance in Ancient Rome
Friday September 25 at 2pm
From the luxurious garments and elaborate hairstyles of the wealthy to the counterfeited gems and fabric dyes utilized by slaves, Dr. Kelly Olson from the University of Western Ontario leads us on a fascinating journey into the world of ancient Roman fashion to discover how men and women dressed to impress.
Talk: Food for the Gods
Wednesday November 18 at 12pm
Savor a delightful presentation by chef and author Karen Dudley based on her award winning novel, Food for the Gods, a historical fantasy novel set in ancient Greece. Discover how Dudley has proven herself an expert at examining the Greek classics and offering the reader an entirely new take on them by weaving in Food Network tropes and Iron Chef heroes we’re all familiar with.
Lecture: From Athena to Wonder Woman: Pop Culture and Classical Myth
Saturday November 28 at 2pm
Professor Christopher W. Marshall (UBC) explores ancient mythological representation of Athena, the popular Greek goddess of war and wisdom and links them to pop culture representations of powerful women in modern comics like Wonder Woman, and others from recent Marvel movies.
Talk: Rome and Jerusalem: Worlds in Collision
Wednesday December 16 at 12pm
Join Rabbi Alan Green for an enlightening lecture exploring the conflict between Hellenistic and Judaic civilization in the ancient world - a conflict between East vs. West, Rationalism vs. Mysticism, Matter vs. Spirit, and Polytheism vs. Monotheism - and discover how it contributed to the rise of Christianity.
Lecture: Craft and Craftiness: Cunning Agencies in Greek Art
Sunday January 31, 2016 at 2pm
Unlike today, art and architecture in ancient Greece was less driven by enthusiasm for technical innovation than animated by agencies of near magical craftiness. Join, Lisa Landram, Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba for an intriguing look into Greek myth and the foretold crafty capabilities endowed by gods like Athena, Hephaestus, and Prometheus, practiced by mythic artisans and heroes, like Daedalus and Odysseus, and approximated by mortals, such as Phidias and Polykleitos.