Thursday March, 22

4:00–5:30               Public Lecture: Kurt Raaflaub, “War as Spectacle” (venues tba)

Friday March, 23

2:00                        Dean Terry McDonald, Welcome
2:15–3:00               Hans van Wees, University College London, “Genocide in ancient Greece”
3:00–3:45               Kurt Raaflaub,  Brown University, “Lysistrata and the War’s Impact on the Homefront”
3:45–4:00               Coffee
4:00–4:45               Arlene Saxonhouse,  University of Michigan, “Deciding to Go to War: Who,is Responsible?”
4:45–6:00               David Potter, University of Michigan, “The Inefficiency of Hoplite Warfare”

7:00-9:00               Kahn Auditorium (‘The Pringle’): The Philoctetes Project, “Theater of War”

Saturday March, 24

9:00–9:45               Sara Monoson, Northwestern University, “Socrates in Combat”
9:45–10:30             Paul Woodruff, University of Texas at Austin,“War as Education”
10:30–10:45           Coffee
10:45–11:30           Nancy Sherman, Georgetown, “Recovering Lost Goodness after War: Self-Empathy and Self-Forgiveness”
11:30–12:15            Peter Meineck, New York University, “Post Traumatic Plays: Warfare and Theatre in Ancient Athens”

2:00–2:45               James Tatum, Dartmouth College, “Mrs Vergil’s Horrid War”
2:45–3:30               Seth Schein, UC Davis, “Ancient Greek War: What is it Good For Today?”
3:30–3:45               Coffee
3:45–4:30               Susanne Goedde, University of München, “The Modern Achilles: Rage — Mourning — Sexuality”
4:30–5:15                Page duBois, UC San Diego, “War and Slavery: ‘I Am Spartacus’ ”

8:00-10.00             Michigan Theater: The Philoctetes Project, “Theater of War”

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the College of LSA, Contexts for Classics, the Department of Comparative Literature’s Year of Anachronism, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the International Institute, the Institute for the Humanities,  the Student Veterans Assistance Program, and the Departments of German Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Classical Studies. Please contact Victor Caston ( or Silke-Maria Weineck ( for further information.