Past GISRAM Events



The Midwestern Consortium for Ancient Religions
The Midwestern Consortium for Ancient Religions (MCAR) holds its 11th annual meeting at the University of Michigan, November 1-2.  Topic: ‘The Religion of Things.’  Program to follow.  If you thinking of going and are interested in sharing rides or lodging, contact Sarah Iles Johnston.


Professor Connolly is professor of Classics and Art History at New York University, and director of the Yeronisos Island Excavations and Field School in Cyprus.  She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996.  A cultural historian,  she has examined topics ranging from female agency, to ritual space, landscape, life cycles, identity, reception, and complexity. In Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2007) Connelly challenged long held beliefs concerning the “invisibility” of women in ancient Greek religion.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion:

  • April 2 - 3, 2014 - Joan Breton Connolly. Professor Connolly will visit Professor Mark Fullerton's graduate seminar on the 2nd and give a public lecture on the afternoon of the 3rd (time and place TBA). 
  • April 10, 2014 at 4:30p.m. in 165 Thompson: lecture by Cathy Gutierrez, Sweet-Briar College.  
  • March 28, 2014 - Ray Van Damm, University of Michigan. Place and Time TBA.  Contact Prof. Tina Sessa.
  • March 27, 2014 at 4:30p.m.: lecture by Andrew Jacobs, Scripps College.  Room 168 Thompson Library, "Imperial Lives: St. Epiphanius of Salamis and Religious Anxieties."
  • February 23, 2014 (Sunday) 3:00, informal GISRAM discussion group at the home of David Brakke and Bert Harrill.  Topic: Comparing ancient religions.  We will read an essay by J.Z. Smith and another by David Frankfurter.  RSVP by February 18 to David Brakke.
  • January 31, 2014 (Friday), History lecture by Cliff Ando.
  • January 13, 2014 (Monday) 3:30, 448 UHall, Classics lecture by Dale Martin, “Pauline Biography.”
  • November 17, 2013 - Second semester meeting of GISRAM faculty and students.
  • November 4 - 8, 2013: 2013 Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College. Christianizing Egypt: Syncretism and Local Worlds, David Frankfurter (Boston University)
  • October 24, 2013 - Center for the Study of Religion Lecture Series, Nicola Denzey (Brown University)
  • September 15, 2013 - First semester meeting of GISRAM faculty and students. Agenda: two chapters of Fritz Graf’s newly finished book A Din of Festivals—one on the reception of the Lupercalia in late antiquity and the other a brief epilogue that presents the book’s conclusions about the survival of Roman festivals in late antiquity more generally.  For a copy of the reading, click here.