Event Recommendations

Do you have suggestions for possible European Cultural Studies excursions or events? If so, please contact Huiyi Gu, UDR for the ECS Program.

Other Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture - A New Aeneid Featuring David Ferry 

Thursday, February 8, 2018
5:00 p.m.
Danielson Room (Rabb 338)

Virgil’s tale of Aeneas’s journey has been a part of the cultural heritage for so many centuries that it’s all too easy to lose sight of the poem as a poem—of its brilliantly vivid depiction of the sack of Troy; the man-devouring hunger of the Harpies; the superheated passion of Dido’s love for Aeneas and the cold blackness of her despair; and the violence that Aeneas and his men must endure before they can settle in Italy to build the civilization whose roots we still claim as our own. David Ferry’s new translation gives Virgil’s poem fresh life for English-language readers. It has been crafted by a translator who is himself a poet of outstanding quality. David Ferry has long been known as perhaps our greatest contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics having established themselves as high standards.

David Ferry has published many books of poetry and has translated several works from classical languages. Currently he is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, as well as a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Boston University and a distinguished visiting scholar at Suffolk University.  His book of new and selected poems and translations, Of No Country I Know, published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press, received the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.  In 2011 he was awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. He won the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry for Bewilderment.

This event occurs through generosity of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and is co-sponsored with the Humanities Fellows Program and the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

GRALL-COML-ECS Welcome (Back) Reception

Friday, September 8, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Shiffman 122

Celebrate the start of a new academic year with faculty and students from the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature (GRALL), the Comparative Literature and Culture Program (COML), and the European Cultural Studies Program (ECS).

All are welcome! Refreshments will be provided.