5 April 2024 Start
5 April 2024 End
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST Time
Zoom conference


NYU Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference

Friday, April 5, 2024

The NYU Society for Ancient Studies (SAS) is excited to present the Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World.

This year’s conference will take place via Zoom on Friday April 5, 2024 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST.

The program features Dr. Claire Bubb (NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World) with a keynote on “Dissecting History: Reconstructing the Ancient World”, followed by panels exploring the discipline of ancient studies, material culture, materiality, text and identity. The full program detailing presenters and the presentations can be found below.

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Conference Program

9:00 – 9:10 Opening Remarks

9:10 – 10:00 Keynote

Claire Bubb (ISAW, NYU), “Dissecting History: Reconstructing the Ancient World”

10:00 – 10:15 Q+A for Keynote

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30 Panel 1: Debating the Discipline

Luna Alvarez, Department of Classics, Loyola University of Chicago
“Classics & Liberalism in the Black Imagination”

Jinx Buehring, Department of Translation, University of Iowa
“Nothing More Wonderful than Man: A Comparison of Translation of Sophocles’ “Ode to Man” from Antigone “

Noland Blain, Department of Classics, Florida State University
“Alphabet Soup: The Problem of Invention Surrounding Early Vocalic Alphabets”

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 Panel 2: Exploring Material Culture

Merrick Gormley, Department of Classical Mediterranean and Middle East, Macalester College
“Ptolemy, Tamerlane, and the Many Proprietors of the Tazza Farnese”

Skylar Masuda, Department of Classics, Pitzer College
“The Great Antonine Altar: Remixing Hellenistic Pergamon in Roman Ephesus “

Julia Bowers, Department of Classical Studies, William and Mary College
Regionalism in Etruria in the Case of Bucchero: The Shared Identity of Northern and Southern Etruria

2:00 – 2:15 Break

2:15 – 3:15 Panel 3: Materiality

Hunter Omerz, Department of Classical Studies and Department of Archaeology, Dickinson College
“Plank-By-Plank: Reconstructing the baris of Thonis-Heracleion”

Chenyu Li, Department of Classics, Sapienza University of Rome
“Exploring the Materiality of Text as a Poetic Strategy in Ovid’s Tristia”

Charnice Hoegnifioh, Department of Classics, Yale University
“Funerary Sensations: A Sensorial Necrography through Faiyum Mummy Portraiture”

3:15 – 3:30 BREAK

3:30 – 4:30 Panel 4: Text and Identity

Flora Zhai, Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
“Humanizing Devastation: Hamlet’s alterations from Thyestes “

Riley Parker, Department of Classics, Columbia University
“Exiled by Fate: Memory and National Identity in Aeneid VIII”

Kenneth Wong, Boston University
“’The Golden Orator’: Saint John Chrysostom’s Preaching for Moral and Ethical Living, Social Justice, and Its Relationship to Greek Philosophy”

4:30 – 4:45 Closing Remarks