The Parthenon Sculptures: Decoding Images of Ancient Myths
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Joan Breton Connelly, Professor of Classics
New York University
In this lecture, Joan Breton Connelly, former Member (2010–11) in the School of Historical Studies, will discuss how the Parthenon sculptures conveyed genealogical myths that answered for the Athenians the most basic human questions. Connelly will explore how the cosmic and epic narratives, and the great boundary catastrophes of war and deluge, established frameworks for understanding the distant past. Connelly will also demonstrate how the projection of these myths upon the great “billboards” of the Acropolis temples perpetuated a shared understanding of Athenian identity and educated young Athenians in the values upon which their democracy was based, chief among them, a willingness to sacrifice self-interest for the common good.
Finding Signs of Life on Earth-Like Exoplanet
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Hanno Rein, Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
One of the biggest discoveries of humankind is yet to come: Finding compelling evidence for life on another planet.
In this lecture, Hanno Rein, former Member (2010–13) in the School of Natural Sciences, will discuss the many places to look for biosignatures, both in the Solar System and beyond. Additionally, Rein will explain why chances are good for finding an Earth-twin planet around a Sun-like star within the next few years, as well as the challenges faced when that planet is discovered.
These lectures are sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).