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This page lists all the talks given in the Leeds City Museum as part of the new monthly talks series “Classics in our Lunchtimes”. It provides advance notice of upcoming talks and will host links to the posts with recordings after the event. These talks will also be listed by Leeds City Museum.

Friday 28th October 2011 at 13:15-13:45

My advertising poster for Penny's talk

Penny Goodman (Classics: University of Leeds)

Doctor Who, the Romans and Us

Dr. Penny Goodman, Lecturer in Roman History at the University of Leeds, is the author of the blog Penelope’s Weavings and Unpickings, which supplies insightful comments on cross-overs between the ancient and modern worlds.

As the star turn of the panel “Doctor Who and the Classical World” (Classical Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, 2010), Penny’s paper “‘That’s not right!’: Doctor Who and historiography” showed everyone that watching the original series of Doctor Who with an eye to the Romans was an excellent way to learn about what it means to be an historian and about the details of some competing historical methodologies.

On 28th October 2011 Penny turns her attention to the new series of Doctor Who. Expect a survey of the role of the Romans culminating in the Roman Autons of “The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang” – and possibly the current season’s finale – that explores the question: “What have these Romans got to do with us?”

To listen to the talk and access the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

 Thursday 24th November 2011 at 13.15-13.45 in the Leeds Story Gallery

Advertising Poster for Steve's talk

My advertising poster for Steve’s talk.

Steve Green (Classics: University of Leeds)

Middle-Eastern Politics in Gladiator (2000) and Troy (2004)

Steve Green is a senior lecturer in the Department of Classics at the University of Leeds and runs an undergraduate module on “Classics in Film”.

Most recently his students have presented posters at the National Media Museum in Bradford as part of the coursework assessment and to accompany a screening of Gladiatior (2000).

The talk will explore how these Hollywood movies use the ancient world to make statements about the Middle East and reveal Western attitudes towards it – especially at a time when East and West are in conflict.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 26th January 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My advertising poster for Eleanor's talk

My advertising poster for Eleanor’s talk

Eleanor Brooke (Classics: University of Leeds)

Homes and Interiors: Classics and Victorian Design
 

Eleanor has a long-standing interest in Victorian furniture. After visiting an exhibition at the the Victoria and Albert Museum and seeing the classical story of the Judgement of Paris depicted in inlaid panels, she nows explores which stories the Victorians tell in furniture and why they might choose to do so.

There is no slideshow due to copyright restrictions on the images used, but the Juno cabinet by Bruce J. Talbert may be viewed online courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum. References to images shown are included in Classics and Victorian Design – list of illustrations.

To listen to the talk, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My advertising Poster for Malcolm's talk

My advertising Poster for Malcolm’s talk

Malcolm Heath (Classics: University of Leeds)

On the Origin of Eels: Ancient and Modern Biology
 
Malcolm Heath, expert on Aristotle, examines the role of Aristotelean biology in the development of modern scientific methods; includes Charles Darwin’s opinion of Aristotle!
 

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post. 

  
 

Thursday 29th March 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My poster for Eleanor's talk

My poster for my talk

Eleanor OKell (Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds)

Putting on the Greeks: Tragedy in Leeds

Dr Eleanor OKell, expert in the reception and staging of ancient drama, focuses on the questions of why Greek tragedy is staged nowadays and what factors contribute to Leeds being the location of choice for premieres of new Greek tragedies. The presentation covered the role of George Rodosthenous (PVAC, University of Leeds), the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Broadsides and the Yorkshire playwrights Ted Hughes, Blake Morrison and Simon Armitage.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 26th April 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum 

Roger Brock's poster

My poster for Roger Brock’s talk

Roger Brock (Classics, University of Leeds)

“Renaissance Singers and the Classics: Dido’s lament and other Latin poetry”

Roger Brock presents research focused on the role of classics in Renaissance music. The talk started from Purcell, but roamed further afield to Josquin and Willaert (among others), featuring new original recordings of the pieces to which talk refered. A special online bonus is available in the form of the recording of “Fama Malum“, mentioned during the talk, but unplayed on the day.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint and access the “Bonus Track”, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 31st May 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My poster for Regine’s talk

Regine May (Classics, University of Leeds)

Regine May, expert on the ancient novel, focused on the plots of ancient novels as patterns for Bollywood movies and reminded us how apparently escapist literature can address real societal concerns, especially in times of cultural transition. Examining narrative techniques and the romantic  motif of “Love at first sight” in the ancient novel and Bollywood films revealed that love stories – as long as they follow the rules(!) – have an important a role in societies with arranged marriages.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 28th June 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My second poster for Emma's talk

My second poster for Emma’s talk

Emma Stafford (Classics, University of Leeds)

“Olympic Beginnings: preparing for the Games, then and now”

Emma Stafford focuses on the similarities and differences between preparation for the ancient and modern Olympics.

The talk considered the foundation myths and heroes of the ancient and modern Olympics, the Olympic truce, torches, training regimes, judging standards and opening ceremonies – all with amazing illustrations.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 26th July 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My poster for Liz's talk

My poster for Liz’s talk

Elizabeth Pender (Classics, University of Leeds)

“Olympic Ideals and the Ancient Greek Philosophers” was the original title, which intended to focus on the continuity of ideals from the ancient to the modern Olympics, this was adapted to “Greek Olympic Values at London 2012?”

Fresh from a “Special Guest Lecture” at the Institute of classical Studies London that has been designated a ‘Highlight of the Year‘ (and which is now available online on Classics Talks), we’re delighted to have Liz reconsider Olympic values for us from the perspective of community ideals and the ethics of heroism. The talk reveals both continuities and discontinuities between the values of the ancient and contemporary Olympics.
 
This talk (rated 1.3 on a scale of 1-5 where 1 is “Excellent”) attracted a wide range of individuals and all first-time attendees said they would come to another talk. The talk was followed by a wide-ranging, open and extended discussion of Olympic values among the audience, as well as between the speaker and the audience – thank you, everyone.The talk raised a number of issues and was thought-provoking, making it entirely successful in contributing to engaging the community in a) the Olympics and b) conducting philosophical enquiry into the nature and definition of values. I was glad to connect the Greeks’ addition of the  high-cost, high-prestige, elite sport of chariot-racing to the Olympics with the current discussion about the addition of Formula One!

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 23rd August  2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum 

 

talk poster with images of animals in the context of Roman games

My poster for Steve’s talk, with his updated title.

Steve Green (Classics, University of Leeds)

“Animal Rights in Rome: evidence and modern representations on screen”

Steve Green focuses on animals in the arena, then and now, asking what rights animals had in ancient Rome and to what extent these are compatible with modern sensibilities when it comes to depicting ancient games in modern films.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

 

Thursday 27th September 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My poster for my talk with guest spot by Tim McConnell (Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholar).

Eleanor OKell (Visiting Research Fellow, Classics, University of Leeds)

“Greek and Roman Myths on Leeds Buildings”

Eleanor OKell reveals some of the stories told through architectural sculpture in Leeds, asking what these stories communicated and why they were considered appropriate decoration for  public buildings.

Tim McConnell (Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholar, Classics, University of Leeds)

“Finding Justice in Leeds”

Tim McConnell has a guest spot to talk about his research on the personification of Justice in Leeds.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 25th October 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Poster for Rick Jones' Talk with images of eighteenth and twentieth century tourists in Pompeii

My poster for Rick Jones’ talk

Rick Jones (Classics, University of Leeds)

“Seeing Pompeii: from royal playground to mass tourism”

Rick Jones, co-director of the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii, provides a  superbly illustrated talk considering Pompeii as a desirable destination from its first excavation to the visits of today and tomorrow, revealing the challenges involved in managing the desire to see this site.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 29th November 2012 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

My poster for Edmund Richardson's talk with images of Diss deBar, Plato, Socrates and Apelles

My poster for Edmund Richardson’s talk

Edmund Richardson (Classics, University of Leeds)

“A Classical Con in Old New York: classics and spiritualism”

Ed Richardson is fascinated by how people relate to the past and how that relationship goes wrong. Ann O’Delia Diss Debar didn’t make it into his book Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity (Cambridge University Press), butis the central focus of this talk. The activities and trial of Ann O’Delia Diss Debar reveal ownership of the classical past as a ideological battleground.

Read the abstract for the talk.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 31st January 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Poster for Penny's talk with images of Augustus' genius and students engaged in the survey outside Game

My poster for Poster for Penny’s talk with images of Augustus’ genius and students engaged in the survey outside Game.

Penny Goodman (Classics, University of Leeds)

“2000 years of Augustus: the view from Leeds”

Penny Goodman, presents some results from a survey her students conducted in Leeds about Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, better known as Augustus. 

Augustus had a keen eye to image manipulation and may be surprised by what people know, or think they know, about him 2,000 years later. The talk provides a fascinating insight into perceptions of the classical world, particularly ancient history, today.

Penny is a researcherblogger and Doctor Who enthusiast. She is the author of a recent article on Augustus on screen,  and has recently appeared on Leeds Radio.

To listen to the talk and view the PowerPoint, please go to the “Talk Uploaded” post.

Thursday 28th February 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

A poster advertising the talk

My poster for Malcolm’s talk

Malcolm Heath (Classics, University of Leeds)

“Ptolemy’s compost: a brief history of piracy, marketing and fraud”

Professor Malcolm Heath explores questions of content, authorship and “added-value”, questions stimulated by Ptolemy’s Compost – a manuscript held in the Special Collections of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds – and relevant to today’s market-place.

 

 

Thursday 28th March 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Sue Hamstead & Eleanor OKell “Sophocles’ Antigone in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries”

Thursday 25th April 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Jonathan Tobutt, “Beyond Musical Text: Britten and Ovid’s Phaeton” 

Thursday 30th May 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Emma Stafford, “Hercules’ Choice: from ancient Greece to Temple Newsam” 

Thursday 27th June 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Owen Hodkinson, “His Greek Materials': Philip Pullman’s Use of Classical Mythology”

Thursday 25th July 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Regine May, “Becoming an animal: Apuleius’ Golden Ass and Disney’s Brave” 

Thursday 29th Augusts 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Sophie Miskiw, “Sacrificial Women: from Virgil’s Dido to Anna Karenina”  

Thursday 26th September 2013 at 13:15-13:45 in Leeds City Museum

Anna Reeve, “Travellers in Time and Space: Leeds’ Museum’s Cypriot Ceramics”

3 Comments
  1. Hello Buddies,
    Leeds city museum is pity much awesome. Many of the old ornaments and heritage’s Material is still put it in this. We always love to visit there in weekends.
    yo…..

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