Michael Fontaine Presentations
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Major endowed lectures and keynote addresses are preceded with a dagger [†]; regular invited presentations are preceded by an asterisk [*]; all other papers were accepted by competitive abstract. Unless otherwise noted, presentations at universities were to a department of Classics lecture series.
On Greek and Roman Comedy
- †2018. Würzburg University (Germany). 'Camerarius camelarius: Or, a new Salt Road to the Modern World.' (On Joachim Camerarius' work on Plautus). June.
- *2017. Mississippi State University. 'Title IX Problems: Rape and Responsibility at UVA and classical Athens.' (On Plautus' Aulularia). September
- *2017. Oberlin College. ‘Before Pussy Riot: Free Speech and Censorship in the Age of Plautus.’ (On Sotades in Plautus’ Miles Gloriosus). April.
- 2016. University of Patras (Greece), Morbid Laughter conference. ‘A Cute Illness in Epidaurus: Morbus hepatiarius and other sick jokes in Plautus’ Gorgylio (Curculio).’ September (by Skype)
- *2016. The Paideia Institute (Rome, Italy), Living Latin in Rome. “What’s so Funny about Roman Comedy?” June.
- 2016. Williamsburg, CAMWS meeting: ‘A Cute Illness in Epidaurus: Morbus hepatiarius and other sick jokes in Plautus’ Gorgylio (Curculio).’ March.
- *2014 University of Pisa (Italy). “È la storia biblica di Susanna e dei vecchioni basata su una commedia nuova greca?” June
- *2014. Thessaloniki (Greece), Roman Drama and its Contexts conference: ‘Is the Biblical Story of Susanna based on Diphilus’ Kleroumenoi? The Evidence of Plautus’ Casina and Burmeister’s Susanna’. May (read in absentia);
- *2014. Columbia University, ‘Is the Biblical Story of Susanna based on Diphilus’ Kleroumenoi? The Evidence of Plautus’ Casina and Burmeister’s Susanna’. March
- †2015 Alexandria (Egypt), Bibliotheca Alexandrina. ‘How the Library of Alexandria Shaped Roman Comedy in Antiquity: The Case of Terence (166-160 BC),’, April; by Skype
- *2012 University of Freiburg (Germany), Kommentierung der Fragmente der griechischen Komoedie. ‘From Athens to Rome: From Greek to Latin Comedy,’ workshop paper, July
- *2012 Binghamton University. ‘Knocks on Both Your Houses! Why Mostellaria is a terrible title for this play,’ May
- †2011 University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), JOCOSA conference. ‘Who was in the Audience of Roman Comedy?’ December
- *2011 Rutgers University. ‘Terence: Roman Menander or Neoteric Poet?’, October
- *2011 San Antonio, American Philological Association meeting: ‘Who’s out there? History, Irony, and Jokes as Evidence for the Composition of Plautus’ Audience,’ a workshop (seminar) paper, January
- †2010 Sarsina (Italy), Lectura Plautina Sarsinatis: ‘Tale padre, tale figlia: alcune ambiguità nel Persa.’ September
- 2010 Brno (Czech), Literary Crossroads conference, ‘Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Comedy: Menander’s Kolax in Three Roman Receptions (Naevius, Plautus, and Terence’s Eunuchus)’ September (invitation declined)
- *2010 Brown University, ‘Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Comedy: Menander’s Kolax in Three Roman Receptions (Naevius, Plautus, and Terence’s Eunuchus).’ April
- 2009 Philadelphia, American Philological Association annual meeting: ‘Phryne on the Roman Stage (Plautus’ Truculentus).’ January
- *2009 Northwestern University. ‘What’s in a Name? Two Mistaken Identities in Plautine Comedy.’ January
- *2006 Haverford College. ‘Funny Words in Roman Comedy.’ September
- 2005 Cornell University. ‘Freudian Slips in Plautus.’ May;
- 2005 University of Reading, Classical Association meeting, ‘Freudian Slips in Plautus.’ April
- 2004 San Francisco, American Philological Association meeting: ‘‘Soft c’ Jokes and the Biography of Plautus.’ January
- 2003. University of Calgary, Classical Association of the Canadian West annual meeting: ‘‘Soft c’ Jokes and the Biography of Plautus.’ March.
- *2003 University of Texas, Unextinguished Laughter Conference: ‘The Opening Scene of Plautus’ Curculio.’
- 2003 New Orleans, American Philological Association meeting: ‘The Sophisticated Para Prosdokian in the Poenulus.’ January
On Classical Greek and Latin Literature and Society
- 2017. Toronto (Canada), Society for Classical Studies meeting: “Classics and Public Information & Media Relations: How to do it better.” January (summary here)
- †2016. Alexandria (Egypt), Bibliotheca Alexandrina. ‘Secrets of the Great Library of Alexandria: New Sources of the Roman Enlightenment.’ October (online here)
- *2016 Cornell University, Department of Horticulture seminar: ‘Faking Wine and Making Millions: Wine Counterfeiting Through The Ages’ (with Justine Vanden Heuvel, Cornell Dept. of Horticulture). April (online here)
- †2015 Temple University, The Matyskiela Lecture: ‘Aeneas in Palestine: How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Makes Sense of Virgil's Aeneid.’ October
- *2015 Houston, The 5th International Conference on the Ancient Novel: ‘Schizophrenia in the Golden Ass.’ October.
- *2014 Geneva (Switzerland), Les Mots sous les textes conference: ‘Virgil the Psycholinguist.’ November
- 2014. Bordeaux (France): Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques meeting: ‘Virgil the Psycholinguist.’ August (invitation declined)
- *2014 Johns Hopkins University: ‘Freudian Bullseyes in Classical Perspective—The Psycholinguistics of Guilt in Virgil’s Aeneid.’ November
- 2008 Chicago, American Philological Association meeting: ‘Catachresis, Fictitious Words, and bomolochia in Plautus’ Stichus.’ January
- *2007 Cornell University: ‘Allegory and Allusion in the Servian Commentary on the Aeneid.’ March
- 2007 Birmingham (UK), Classical Association Meeting: ‘The Lesbia Code: Backmasking, Pillow Talk, and Cacemphaton in Catullus 5 and 16’. April
- *2007 Bryn Mawr College: ‘The Lesbia Code: Backmasking, Pillow Talk, and Cacemphaton in Catullus 5 and 16’. September
- 2008 Tucson, CAMWS meeting: ‘Plautus’ and Seneca’s Ulysses: Some Questions of Influence and Intertextuality.’ April
- *2006 Cornell University: ‘Highlights of Latin Literature.’ July
- *2005 Cornell University: ‘The Lesbia Code.’ October.
- 2002 Yale University, Graduate Student Conference: ‘An Allusion to the Poenulus in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria.’
- 1999 University of Pittsburgh, East Meets West Conference: ‘Divus Pompeius: Pompey Aiming at Godhood?’ March
On Psychiatry and Mental Illness in Antiquity
- *2018 Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical School Department of Psychiatry, grand rounds: ‘'Psychiatry in the Sistine Chapel: Greek Mythology and Psychiatric Mythology.' February.
- *2017. Millsaps College, Friday Forum. 'On Being Sane in an Insane Place.'
- *2017 Lexington, The University of Kentucky, Conventus XIV Academiae Latinitati Fovendae. ‘De Fuga Schizophrenica Ovidii Poetae.’ (In Latin). July.
- 2017 Bucharest (Romania), “Close, far away, everywhere, nowhere. Perpetual glosses on the exile theme” conference. ‘The Myth of Ovid’s Exile.’ University of Bucharest. (read in absentia)
- 2017 Shanghai (China), ‘Globalizing Ovid’ conference. Shanghai Normal University. ‘The Myth of Ovid’s Exile.’ June.
- *2016 Rome (Italy), The Paideia Institute internship program. ‘The World’s First Paranoid Schizophrenic? A Psychiatric Look at Aeschylus’ Orestes.’ June
- *2016 Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical School Department of Psychiatry, grand rounds: ‘Schizophrenia in Antiquity.’ April
- *2015 New York, Weill Cornell Medical College, The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar: ‘The World’s First Paranoid Schizophrenic? A Psychiatric Look at Aeschylus’ Orestes.’ October
- †2015 Würzburg University (Germany), The Josef-Martin-Vorlesung and keynote address of the Camerarius Polyhistor conference: ‘Camerarius on Witches, Witchcraft, and Criminal Responsibility; Or, How to Philologize with a Witches’ Hammer.’ July
- 2014 New York, American Psychiatric Association annual meeting: ‘On Religious and Psychiatric Atheism: the success of Epicurus, the failure of Thomas Szasz.’ May
- †2013 Calvin College, Department of Classics and Biduum Latinum Calvinianum: ‘On Being Sane in an Insane Place: The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus.’ September
- *2014 Syracuse, SUNY Upstate Medical School Department of Psychiatry, grand rounds: ‘On Being Sane in an Insane Place: The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus.’ September
- 2012 Berlin (Germany), Homo Patiens conference: ‘On Being Sane in an Insane Place: The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Epidamnus.’ with Dr. Mark Hochberg of NYU Medical School, July
- 2014 New York City, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting: ‘The Intercalary Scenes in the Aulularia Inversa of Joannes Burmeister (1629).’ March
- 2012 Münster (Germany), Triennial Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies: ‘The Intercalary Scenes in the Aulularia Inversa of Joannes Burmeister (1629).’ August
- 2011 Warsaw (Poland), Mousa Paizei conference: ‘The Aulularia Inversa of Joannes Burmeister.’ May
- *2011 Brown University: ‘The Aulularia Inversa of Joannes Burmeister: a response to the performance.’ March
Outreach presentations and media appearances
- 2018. “Bringing the ancient world alive.” America in Class webinar, the National Humanities Center.
- 2017. "Critical Thinking, Authority, and Censorship." Hao Hai Consulting（浩海咨询）Hangzhou, China.
- 2017. The Warrior-Scholar project. Cornell University.
- 2016. Cornell University. "What is Living Latin?"
- 2014-6. The Peter Breggin Radio Hour featured guest: 'Elvis, the Bacchae, and other thoughts,' November 11, 2016. ‘Schizophrenia in the Libation Bearers of Aeschylus,’ February 24, 2016; ‘Insanity in Plautus’ The Menaechmus Brothers’ (December 3, 2014; rerun March 2015)
- 2016. Society for Classics Studies Roundtable, leader: ‘Vox Populo.’ SCS meeting (San Francisco); CAMWS (Williamsburg) (paper here)
- 2014. Oral history of Ron Leifer, M.D., host (December 5, 2014)
- 2009. Clash of the Gods, a 10-part series on Greek mythology for The History Channel, On-screen commentator in five episodes