Convivia are intimate gatherings for Paideia alumni with outstanding scholars from the nation's best universities. Each convivium is hosted by an alumnus/a and his or her family and includes a lecture and discussion session with the guest followed by brunch. Convivia are designed to help build the Paideia community and to foster a community in the field of classics from the high school through the university level. The Convivia series is organized by Paideia's Alumni Board. 

Convivium Paideianum

Sunday March 11, 2018

Guest Speaker, Professor Joseph Howley

Paideia alumni are invited to the Convivium Paideianum with guest speaker, Professor Joseph Howley. 

cs-howley.jpgJoseph Howley is assistant professor of Classics at Columbia University. Previously, in 2010-11, he was Teaching Fellow in Latin and Classics Studies in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he also earned a PhD in Latin (2011) and an M. Litt in Ancient History (2007). His primary interests are the intellectual culture of the Roman Empire and values of learning and knowledge more generally in antiquity.

Prof. Howley will present a lecture titled "Slaves of the book": the production, circulation and consumption of books in ancient Rome depended in part on skilled, enslaved labor. This talk will consider what we know about this practice and will look at some of our sparse evidence for how elite Romans understood the role of slavery in their literary culture.


Previous Convivia

Fall 2016 Convivium Rodeanum (Sponsored by the Rodeo Family)
Topic: Morbid Laughter: a collection of thoughts addressing the ancient Romans' laughter at disability, disfigurement and disease.
Prof. Michael Fontaine, Cornell University

Fall 2015 Convivium Tillianum (Sponsored by the Lindenbaum Family)
Migration and Trauma: Aeneas to Aylan
Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Columbia University

Spring 2015 Convivium Dorfmanium (Sponsored by the Dorfman Family)
Topic: Cicero's Letters
Speaker: Prof. Yelena Baraz, Princeton University

Fall 2014 Convivium Pragerinum (Sponsored by the Prager Family)
Topic: In the Footsteps of the Ancients: Latin in the Renaissance
Speaker: Prof. Leah Whittington, Harvard University

Spring 2014 Convivium Crystalinum (Sponsored by the Crystal Family)
Topic: Can Cicero Make You Happy?
Speaker: Prof. Katharina Volk, Columbia University

Fall 2013 Convivium Baumanianum (Sponsored by the Baumann Family) 
Topic: Julius Caesar, Man of Letters 
Speaker: Prof. Matthew McGowan, Fordham University