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NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies to Host “Combat Trauma and the Ancient Stage”—April 20-21

April 11, 2011

New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies will host “Combat Trauma and the Ancient Stage,” April 20-21, at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102, 100 Washington Square East (at Washington Place). Enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair accessible). Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street); N, R (8th Street).

Sessions include: “Recollections of Combat Trauma in the Dialogues of Plato”; “Women after War: Weaving Nostos in Homeric Epic and in the 21st Century”; “Dreams of My Father: Warfare and Paternity in Sophocles”; and “Of Dreamers and Ravished Minds: Surviving War, Surviving Trauma.” David Konstan, a professor of classics at NYU, will deliver the keynote address, “Denying Combat Trauma: The Missing Diagnosis in Ancient Greece,” on April 20 at 4:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of sessions and speakers, click here.

The conference is linked to a performance of “Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author” by the Aquila Theatre on April 21 at 8 p.m. at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). To purchase tickets, contact or call 212.352.3101.

The event, the annual Rose-Marie Lewent Conference on Ancient Studies, is free and open to the public, with the exception of the performance of “Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author”. Those interested may call 212.998.8100 or email for more information. Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

The conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Humanities Initiative at NYU.


NYU Skirball Center

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan.  Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment.  A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. For more, go to:

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Center for Ancient Studies to Host “Combat Trauma and the Ancient Stage”—April 20-21

NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies will host “Combat Trauma and the Ancient Stage,” April 20-21, at Hemmerdinger Hall in the Silver Center for Arts and Science. Pictured above is a marble bas-relief of Athena mourning. © Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS.

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