Cancelled: Ghosts in Togas Return – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Cancelled: Ghosts in Togas Return

This event was cancelled. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce the 13th Annual “Ghosts in Togas” lecture, on Monday, Nov. 12. Elizabeth Vandiver, associate professor and chair of the classics department at Whitman College, will give a talk, “By His Dead Smile I Knew We Stood in Hell: Underworld Journeys in First World War Poetry.” The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Vandiver’s research centers on classical tradition, ancient historiography, and the theory and practice of translation. She has published extensively in all of these subjects and has been invited to countless prestigious colloquia and institutions of higher learning to give workshops and presentations on the specific peculiarities and/or pitfalls of teaching ancient texts in the modern world. Vandiver has also won many teaching awards including the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998. She has served as the classics spokesperson for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company), and was a part of the Superstar Teacher Series, (, a video/audio format lecture series spanning from 1999-2004.

“Ghosts in Togas” is presented by the department of classics and the HWS Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, in conjunction with Professor of Media and Society Linda Robertson, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures James Henry-Holland and Rhiannon Ash, a professor of the classics department of Merton College, Oxford.

The lecture is open to everyone.