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Classics and philosophy to host conference

Miami’s classics and philosophy departments will host a three-day conference, "Antigone’s Dilemma: Gender, Greek Tragedy and the City-State," today through Saturday, Oct. 23-25.

The event will bring together diverse pedagogical and scholarly perspectives on the Antigone in an attempt to situate this complex play within its own historical context and within contemporary theoretical discourses and debates.

The conference begins with a talk by Charles Shepherdson of SUNY/Albany on "The Atrocity of Desire: Lacan’s Reading of Antigone" today at 7:30 p.m. in the art museum.

Friday there will be three events: a seminar titled "Aei, Aiai: The Cry of Mourning in Tragedy and Psychoanalysis," conducted by Shepherdson at 1 p.m. in the greenroom of Hall Auditorium; a public screening of the BBC production of the Antigone at 3:30 p.m. in 46 Culler Hall; and an evening lecture by Peter Burian of Duke University titled "13 Ways of Looking at Antigone" at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the art building.

The final day of the conference will be devoted to three workshops in 40 Irvin Hall: "Antigone, Sexual Difference, and the Polis" from 9-11:30 a.m.; "The Oresteia, Sexual Difference, and the Polis" from 1-3 p.m.; and "Sexual Difference and the Polis: Beyond Antigone" from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The conference is sponsored by the Sigma Chi Foundation/William P. Huff-man Scholars-in-Residence Program, the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute and other Miami offices and departments.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the classics department, 9-1480.

Date Published: 10/23/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 12

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