Department of Classics

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Pisa Exchange

The Northwestern University Department of Classics collaborates with colleagues at the University of Pisa on intellectual exchange projects.  See also the Department of Philosophy's News and Events calendar.

The Pisa Exchange Conference 2010

at Northwestern University

April 13, 2010 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The University of Pisa Conference

For the past several years, faculty from Northwestern have joined with faculty from the University of Pisa in Italy to hold an interdisciplinary conference on themes of general interest to scholars in the Humanities. Each conference has resulted in books or journal articles published in Italy by members of both faculties.

For further information on the history of the exchange, see:

This year we plan to host a conference at Northwestern entitled: "Questioning the Law." All papers and discussions will be in English.

6:00 Opening Lecture by Umberto Laffi (Pisa): "On the Nature of Roman Law"

7:00 Comment by Francesca Tataranni (NU Classics)

April 14, 2010 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The University of Pisa Conference

10:00: Making the Law

Bruno Centrone: "Making the Law in Plato's Republic"

Barry Wimpheimer: "Where is Jewish Law?"

Kristen Stilt: "Who Makes Islamic Law?"

11:30: Comment by Demetra Kasimis

12:00: Break for Lunch

2:00: Interpreting the Law

Kenneth Seeskin: "The Law is Not in Heaven"

Enrico Giaccherini: "Again youre lawes reverence": Chaucer and the Old Law"

Regina Schwartz: "What Does Justice have to do with Law?"

3:30: Comment by Virgil Brower

April 15, 2010 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The University of Pisa Conference

10:00: Enforcing the Law: (Ver Steeg Lounge - University Hall)

Andrea Raggi: "Smuggling in Roman Law"

Lars Toender: "The Law of Tolerance: Merleau-Ponty and the Structure of Perception"

Stefano Perfetti: "Between Collective Eudaimonia and Coercion: Political Thought in the Late Middle Ages"

11:30: Comment by Laura Ephraim

12:00: Break for Lunch

2:00: Transgressing the Law: (Scott Hall 212)

Robert Wallace: "Socrates and the Law"

Christine Helmer: "Dangerously Divine: A Transgressive Theology of God"

Adriano Fabris: "Sanctifying and/or Breaking the Law According to Franz Kofka"

3:30: Comment by Wolfhart Totschnig


Faculty contacts at Northwestern: Sara Monoson, Kenneth Seeskin
Faculty contact at Pisa: Umberto Laffi

Pisa Exchange Event Archive 2008-2009

Pisa Exchange Event Archive 2007-2008

Pisa Exchange Event Archive 2006-2007


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