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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

“Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea” by Dr. David Konstan, Professor of Classics at New York University

About the Book: Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea What does it mean to say something is beautiful? On the one hand, beauty is associated with erotic attraction; on the other, it is the primary category in aesthetics, and it is widely supposed that the proper response to a work of art is one of objective contemplation. At its core, then, beauty is a contested concept, and both sides feel comfortable appealing to the authority of Plato, and via him, to the ancient Greeks generally. So, who is right-if either? Beauty offers an elegant investigation of ancient Greek notions of beauty and, in the process, sheds light on how we ought to appreciate the artistic achievements of the classical world.


Onassis Seminar at Stanford University

AURAL ARCHITECTURE: Music, Acoustics and Ritual in Byzantium

This year-long seminar explores the creation and operations of sacred space in Byzantium by focusing on the intersection of architecture, acoustics, music, and ritual. Eight leading scholars from the US and abroad present their current research and lead the discussion.

FACULTY COORDINATOR: Bissera V. Pentcheva, Department of Art & Art History

Alexander Lingas

Senior Lecturer at City University, London and EHRC, Oxford
“The Modern Rediscovery of the Constantinopolitan Divine Office” on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
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Wieslaw Woszczyk

Schulich School of Music, McGill University
“Aural Architecture: Music, Acoustics, and Ritual” on January 27, 2014.
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Christian Troelsgård

SAXO Institute of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek and Latin, History, University of Copenhagen
“Byzantine Chant Notation--Written Documents in an Aural Tradition” on February 24, 2014.
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Christina Maranci

Department of Art and Art History, Tufts University
“The Great Outdoors: Liturgical Encounters with the Early Medieval Armenian Church”
“A Comparison of Psalms Read in the Byzantine and Armenian Church Dedication Rites” April 28, 2014.
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Steven Hawkes-Teeples

Department of Theology, Saint Louis University
The Liturgical Commentaries of St. Symeon of Thessalonika (c. 1384-1429) and Late Byzantine Liturgy” on May 19, 2014.
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Peter Jeffery

Department of Music, University of Notre Dame
“Aural Architecture in Four Ancient Capitals” on June 2, 2014.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
C.P. Cavafy Tour

C.P. Cavafy in Music: A recital of Songs and Reflections

Excerpts from the Latin America Tour (October 2013) and the U.S.A  tour (April 2012).


Monday, January 10, 2011
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC, Canada

A Heretical History of the Parthenon

The lecture "A Heretical History of the Parthenon" was offered on Monday January 10, 2011 at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Vancouver) by Dr Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Ohio State University, in the framework of the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA). Professor Kaldellis examines the fusion of pagan and Christian culture that took place in Athens and makes the argument that paradoxically the Parthenon was more important as a church than it had been as a temple...


Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Columbia University, New York, New York

Brecht and Greek Tragedy: A Creative Encounter

The lecture "Brecht and Greek Tragedy" was offered on November 3, 2010 at Columbia University by Dr. Olga Taxidou, Reader in Drama at the University of Edinburgh, in the framework of the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA). Dr. Taxidou is introduced by Dr. Stathis Gourgouris, Professor in Comparative Literature at Columbia University.


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