Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce the 14th Annual “Ghosts in Togas” lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The much-anticipated lecture, held in honor of Halloween promises to provide the campus with a fascinatingly gory – and informative – evening.
Visiting Assistant Professor of History Sarah Whitten will give a talk, “Beheading, Violence, and Mediterranean Historiography in Early Medieval Southern Italy.” The talk will be held at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Whitten recently completed her Ph.D. at UCLA in 2010 in medieval Italian history before joining the History Department of the University of Nebraska at Omaha as Visiting Assistant Professor from 2011-12. Her research focuses on legal culture community and performance in southern Italy during Lombard rule (770-1070).
She has taught courses on the Normans, medieval women and the sources of the pre-modern Mediterranean. Her work on performance, “Quasi ex uno ore: Legal Performance, Monastic Return and Bestial Imagery in the Context of Crusading to the Latin East,” was recently published in Viator, a top journal in her field.
“Ghosts in Togas” is presented by the department of classics and the Eta Pi Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honor Society.
All are invited to attend the lecture.