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Heroes and Villains, Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

Friday, Jun 3, 2016 - Saturday, Jun 4, 2016

A conference sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and by the Freshman Cluster Course GE 30ABC, “Neverending Stories”. Organized by Professor Joseph F. Nagy (English, UCLA).

Friday, June 3, 2016 | UCLA Royce Hall, Room 314
3:00 pm Welcoming Remarks
Patricia A. Turner
, Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education of the UCLA College of Letters and Science
Massimo Ciavolella
, Director, UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
3:15 Olga Yokoyama (Humanities, UCLA)
“Baba Yaga and Czar Koshchei — the Deathless Villains of Russian Tales”
4:15 Break
4:30 Blaise Nagy (Classics, College of the Holy Cross)
“Build It and They Will Come: Alcibiades as Trickster”
5:30 Reception
6:30 Film Screening: Bajrangi Bhaijan (with subtitles), dir. Kabir Khan (2015)
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | UCLA Royce Hall, Room 314
9:30 am Coffee, fruit, pastries
10:00 GE30 Student Presentations: Emma Guo, Emma Friedl, Megan Clark
Rebecca Hill
, chair
10:45 Break
11:00 Rebecca Hill (English, UCLA)
Hec est instabilis ales, lupes perfida, monstrum letiferum, fallax risio, fictus amor: Writing Instruction and The Lady as Hero & Villain in Thirteenth-Century Artes Poeticae
11:30 Elizabeth Thornton (Indo-European Studies, UCLA)
“Spartans: Heroes or Villains? Re-interpretations of the Battle of Thermopylae”
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:15 Sara Burdorff (English UCLA)
“Giving Birth Once: Rethinking the Woman and the Hero in Ancient Greek Mythology”
1:45 Chiara Bozzone (Indo-European Studies, UCLA)
“Who are Homer’s Villains?”
2:15 Break
2:30 GE 30 Student Presentations: Courtney Davis, Trishala Kulkarni
3:00 Rosanna Lu (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA)
“Yahweh and Leviathan”
3:30 Malcolm Harris (English, UCLA)
“The Power of the Dark Side — Villainous Reading in Middle Welsh Texts”
4:00 Heather Sottong (Italian, UCLA)

“From Villain to Heroine: Dante’s Francesca as Retold by Leopoldo Lugones”

4:30 Break
4:45 Samuel Wu (Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA)
“Adventures of an ‘Ink Speck'”
5:00 Laura Pierson (English, UCLA)
“The Final Frontier”
5:15 Concluding Remarks


Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating.

Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, 4, and 5. More parking information at https://main.transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors.


Friday, Jun 3, 2016
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016



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