Franke Lecture will examine combat trauma and the ‘tragic stage’

Peter Meineck of New York University will deliver the final lecture in this semester’s Franke series on “Greece and Rome, Continued” on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Titled “Combat Trauma and the Tragic Stage: Ancient Drama/Modern Catharsis,” the lecture will take place at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

Meineck is clinical associate professor of classics and ancient studies and specializes in the performance, reception, and history of ancient drama. He is also the founder of the award-winning Aquila Theatre, which he established in 1991 to present classical drama productions worldwide. He is an acclaimed translator of Greek tragedy and comedy, and the director of the NEH program “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives.”

The lecture series explores the constant adaptation and reinvention of classical texts spurred by the trauma of modern history. The talks are organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “Contemporary Reception of Greek and Roman Classics” taught by Emily Greenwood, professor of classics.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the humanities to a wide and general audience.

For more information contact Susan Stout at 203-432-6556 or email susan.stout@yale.edu