New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies will host “Finding a Place in an International World: How Ancient Peoples Viewed Themselves and Their Neighbors” on Tues., April 17 and Wed. April 18 at NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 101A, Washington Square East.

The event, the annual Rose-Marie Lewent Conference on Ancient Studies, is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.8100 or for more information.

Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); R (8th Street)

The keynote address-“Do Ancient Near Eastern Studies Have a Place in America’s Colleges and Universities?”-will be delivered by Harvard University Professor Peter Machinist. Other sessions include the following: “When and How Did Greeks Meet Up with the Near East?”; “The Enemy Within: Defining the Foreign Other in Egypt”; and “Israel’s Ancient Enemies: The Ephemeral and the Eternal.” The symposium inaugurates the Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies Program at NYU.

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NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies was created in 1996 to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past. Directed by College of Arts and Science Dean Matthew S. Santirocco, and supported largely through endowment, the Center funds travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students, annual research conferences and lectures, and summer outreach seminars for faculty from throughout the United States. Scholarly organizations that are based at the Center include the professional journal Classical World; the American section of the Institute for Etruscan and Italic Studies and its journal, Etruscan News; and the Aquila Theatre Company.

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