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TCA's Annual Fall Conference

October 24-25, 2008
Southern Methodist University

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Conference Information:

Southern Methodist University in Dallas is pleased to welcome the members of the Texas Classical Association for the annual conference, October 24-25, 2008.  The sessions will be held on the SMU campus beginning with a lecture and reception Friday evening, focusing on Roman Egypt and including a tour of SMU’s Classics and Egyptology collections, including rare early editions of Classical texts and a letter by Champollion written as he was deciphering hieroglyphics.  Molly Swetnam-Burland, currently a research fellow at the Getty, will deliver the key-note speech on Saturday on the subject of her new book on the Roman cooption and reinvention of Egyptian art.  Molly is a dynamic speaker and her subject fits perfectly with our planned afternoon visit to the Tutankhamun exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art.  Karl Kilinski, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Art History and Archaeology at SMU, will give us an introduction to the exhibit.

Conference Location

Friday’s lecture will be held on the SMU campus in room 123 Fondren Science hall at 5pm and will be followed by a short tour of the exhibit, “The Search for Tutankhamun,” which offers a selection of SMU’s collection of artifacts, rare books and documents outlining the history of Egyptology.

Saturday’s conference sessions will be held on the SMU campus, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. A map of the campus with directions can be found at

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel near the SMU campus.  The rates are $89/night for single and double occupancy, $99/night for a triple.  Parking is free and a free shuttle from the hotel to campus is provided.  Please contact the hotel to make your reservations; use the TCA name to secure the conference rate.

Radisson Hotel Central Dallas

6060 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75206

Reservations: (888) 201-1718 USA

Telephone: (214) 750-6060 Fax: (214) 750-5959

Tutankhamun information

If you wish to join the TCA tour of the Tutankhamun exhibit, which will begin after the conference at 6pm on Saturday, October 25th, please send $19.50 for each ticket you would like to purchase along with your conference registration to Nicole Lehmann, TCA Treasurer.  The TCA has reserved 60 tickets at the group rate of $29.50 and will contribute $10 toward ticket cost for the first 60 members who purchase tickets in advance for this exhibit – thus your special price of $19.50.   Anyone registering for the conference after the 60 reserved tickets are gone is still welcome to buy at ticket for the Tutankhamun exhibit from the Dallas Museum of Art and join the tour at 6pm.  The regular ticket price for weekend visits is $32.50, or $22.50 for DMA members.   Tickets for exhibit can be purchased through the Dallas Museum of Art’s website, , or by phone 1-877-TUT-TKTS.

Tentativie Schedule

Friday, October 24

2:00-4:30 TCA Executive Board Meeting, Hyer Room, 121 Dallas Hall

5:00-6:00 Shanna Kennedy Quigley, UCLA, “Illuminating the Memphite Sarapieion” **123 Fondren Science or Bridwell??**

6:00-6:30 Tour of the foyer exhibit of SMU’s collection on the history of Egyptology, a prelude to the Tutankhamen exhibit

7:00 No-host dinner at *****

Saturday, October 25

All talks will take place in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

8:00 Registration and coffee

9:00 Welcome and opening remarks—Melissa Barden Dowling, TCA president

9:10-9:55 Andrea Stehle, John Paul Stevens, San Antonio, “Julius Caesar from the HBO series Rome”

9:55-10:30 Chirstopher Fuhrmann, University of North Texas, “Runaway slaves in Roman law and literature”

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:15 Douglas Clapp, Samford University, “Trustworthy rumors? Hearsay in Cicero’s Letters to Atticus”

11:15-11:45 Betty Duke-Ruhd, John Paul II, Plano, “Bloom, Catullus, Coldplay and Satisfaction: Creative ways to use music in the Latin classroom”

12:00-1:30 Lunch and TCA Annual Business Meeting

1:45-2:30 Keynote Address: Molly Swetnam-Burland, William and Mary, “From Alexandria to Rome: Egyptian cult and culture in Roman Italy”

Molly Swetnam-Burland will be speaking to us on her current research on Roman responses to Egyptian religion and culture. She has published studies in the Roman cults of Bachhus (Liber) and Isis, has excavated in Tunisia and Italy , and has just completed a year’s fellowship at the Getty Institute in California . She earned her PhD in the interdisciplinary program in Classical art and archaeology at the University of Michigan in 2002, focusing on Egyptian artifacts from Pompeii . Molly is currently an Assistant Professor in the Classical Studies department at William and Mary.

2:30-3:00 Marsha McCoy, Sherman, TX, “Petronius: Gender, genre, geography, gluttony (not to mention graphic)”

3:00-3:30 Andre Stipanovic, Hockaday School, Dallas, “Imperial tensions: a critique of the Roman Principate in Tacitus’ Agricola”

3:30-4:00 Grace Starry West, University of Dallas, “Apuleius, Plato and the Egyptian gods”

4:00-4:45 Karl Kilinski, SMU, “King Tut’s Relatives: the prospects and pitfalls of genealogical mapping without the benefit of DNA”

4:45-5:00 Closing remarks and introduction of the new TCA president

6:00 Tour of the Tutankhamen exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The TCA has 60 tickets to offer at a reduced rate.


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