Report to come.
Both Classics Departments joined forces to engage Prof. Leslie Kurke (Classics & Comp Lit, UC Berkeley) in conversation about her award-winning book "Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose" (2011). About 35 people attended, including a good Bruin cohort from Westwood.
(1) Leslie spoke for about 20 minutes on her approach to the methodology that guided her in writing this innovative work. In a nutshell: ask others for help suggesting theoretical works that will help you answer the questions you put to the texts you're working with.
(2) 7 faculty and grad students from both departments asked Leslie one or two questions about different chapters: Richard Ellis (UCLA), Greg Thalmann (USC), Kristen Mann (UCLA), Russell Pascatore (USC), Mario Telò (UCLA), Christian Lehmann (USC), Alex Purves (UCLA), and James Collins (USC).
(3) Ellen Finkerlpearl (Scripps College) spoke for 15 minutes about the Roman context of Aesop (including Phaedrus) and asked Leslie several questions.
(4) A few questions from those in attendance concluded the event itself, which was followed by a reception at the University Club.
This afternoon performance was given for students from all over southern California. Most colleges and universities, and some high schools, participated. The production created a buzz because of its unusually creative set (see below) and because the chorus was particularly effective. (Special kudos to the students from Cal Arts who performed as chorus members.)
Despite its being a busy time of year, a small group of us caught this extraordinary exhibit that resulted from the new spirit of cooperation between the Getty and the Italian government