Roman Memory Conference Assembles T.P. Wiseman, Other International Scholars

April 13, 2010

Event: "Memoria Romana: Functions of Roman Memory" conference

When: April 16-18. Keynote address will be given Friday, April 16, 4 p.m., public reception following.

Where: All public lectures and session panels will be held in Mezes Hall.

Background: T. P. Wiseman, scholar and professor emeritus in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, will give the keynote address titled "Roman Memory: Theory and Practice." He is an author of numerous books and articles about the Roman Republic. Wiseman attracted pop-culture notoriety when it was speculated former student and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling modeled Professor Albus Dumbledore after him.

The conference is supported by the 2009 Max Planck International Research Prize in the Humanities received by Karl Galinsky, professor of classics at The University of Texas at Austin. He received about $1 million to study the role of collective memory in various aspects of Roman culture: literature (including historiography), art, architecture, religion, and social and political history. The conference assembles an international cast of speakers offering interdisciplinary perspectives on cultural memory of Rome. Presentations will last 20 minutes, followed by 10-minute discussion periods.

To view the complete conference schedule visit http://memoriaromana.wordpress.com.

For more information, contact: Michelle Bryant, College of Liberal Arts, 512 232 4730; Douglas Boin, Department of Classics.