Dan-el Padilla Peralta | Classicism and other phobias: offense and defense

This talk will outline the contents of a newly drafted book manuscript that queries the relationship(s) between classicism, understood as a system of aesthetic determination and calibration that is not necessarily reducible to or coterminous with classics, and Black life. The main argument is that classics has been overrepresented as if it is or should be the one privileged classicism, in a historical process that is inseparable from the emergence of anti-Blackness. I begin with a general orientation to the book’s main aims, offer a selection of teasers from the main chapters, and conclude with a mix of protreptic and pugilism.

Book Sale

Dodd 232 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Please join us for our Annual Classics Book Sale on the second floor of Dodd, Monday April 17th!

Maria Wyke | “Feminizing Ancient Rome: Women at the Cinema from the 1900s to the 1920s”

Audio / Visual Romans I Thursday April 20th 2023 Annual UCLA Joan Palevsky Lecture Professor Maria Wyke, University College London “Feminizing Ancient Rome: Women at the Cinema from the 1900s to the 1920s“ The medium of the moving image started out as part of variety programmes and women often appeared in it advertising to men the pleasures of the new technology. However cinema soon began to give greater agency to women including in its reconstructions of the Roman world. Storylines gave women larger roles than those in the primary sources. Visual perspective, words and accompanying music worked to colour women’s stories...

Film Screening of Cajus Julius Caesar (1914) with live accompaniment and original score by Michele Sganga

James Bridges Theater 235 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Audio / Visual Romans II Friday April 21st 2023 Film Screening with Live Accompaniment and Original Score by Michele Sganga Cajus Julius Caesar, 1914. Directed by Enrico Guazzoni A live screening at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater of the rarely seen yet remarkable Italian silent feature film Cajus Julius Caesar (1914, dir. Enrico Guazzoni) brought over especially from the archives of the Netherlands Film Institute and accompanied by an original score composed for the occasion by the noted concert pianist and composer Michele Sganga. Caesar’s life is presented in three movements: first romantic melodrama (his secret love for the beautiful Servilia); then triumph (his...

Pigments in Ancient Greek Painting & Medicine: Ecology, Materiality and the Alchemical Laboratory

Royce Hall, 306 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Pigments in Ancient Greek Painting & Medicine: Ecology, Materiality and the Alchemical Laboratory lecture by Ioanna Kakoulli (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UCLA) Saturday, April 29, 2023 3:00 p.m. 306 Royce Hall Reception to follow Ancient Greek paintings between the fourth century BC and the third century AD are characterized by a splendor of colors, high artistic quality and rich pictorial effects such as shading, translucency and transparency, innovations that characterize and mark the art of Greek and later Roman painting traditions. Through the scientific analysis of surviving paintings—mainly wall paintings—this lecture explores the material ecology and intrinsic optical,...

Elemental Readings I: Air

Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California

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