2024 News and Events

Spring 2024

On Thursday, March 14, Johanna Hanink (Brown University) will give this year's Zamanakos Lecture: “Athens in America: Ancient Greece and the Making of the New Nation.” It will consider early America's fascination with ancient Greek architecture, art, and culture - the "Greek Revival" - and its enduring significance, in the context of both the recent bicentennial (in 2021) of the Greek Revolution and the upcoming commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence. The lecture will take place in Coburn Hall 255 at 6 p.m.; a reception will follow. For any questions, please contact Prof. Jane Sancinito via email at Jane_Sancinito@uml.edu.

In commemoration of Black History Month, the History Department is co-sponsoring "Black History on Stage: Blending the Past with the Present." This performance on February 29 will include a one-woman show presenting a range of historic figures, with a second artist acting as liaison to the audience. These guest speakers will be Brandi LaShay and Krasel Morales. Performance times are 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. at the Comley-Lane Theatre. Tickets should be reserved through blackhistoryonstageuml@gmail.com. Between performances, there will also be a talk-back with the actors, which students are welcome to attend. The talk-back will take place at the Allen House Gallery from 4-5 p.m. For any questions, please contact Prof. Chad Montrie at Chad_Montrie@uml.edu.

On Monday, January 29, as part of their "Curious Kids" series, The Conversation published an article that Prof. Jane Sancinito wrote about the long history of the alphabet, and how the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans all contributed to its evolution. One can read Prof. Sancinito's article on the history of the alphabet online.

On January 4, "The Conversation" published an article written by Prof. Abby Chandler about two Rhode Island colonists, Martin Howard and Stephen Hopkins, contemporaries who lived during the American Revolution. Prof. Chandler considers how both men, despite their similarities, came to very different conclusions about how to align themselves during the conflict. Their individual approaches to the issues of the time shed light on the decisions thousands of British colonists had to make before the American Revolution. One can read Prof. Chandler's article on Martin Howard and Stephen Hopkins online.