SEPTEMBER 2017 PRESENTATION VIDEO: The Trojan War: The Myth vs. the Reality

“The Trojan War: The Myth vs. the Reality “
Dr. David Miano
Professor, State College of Florida

For over 3,000 years, the tale of the Trojan War pitting the Greeks against the Trojans has provided one of the richest sources of inspiration in art and literature for the inheritors of the Classical tradition. The question remains, however, did the war really happen? And if so, did it play out as the legends tell us? In this presentation, Dr. David Miano will walk us through both the myth and the history of the Trojan War, and he will show how not only archaeology, but even the legends themselves, can be used as a window into the values and culture of the ancient Greeks.
David Miano is a historian of antiquity, specializing in the histories of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and is the author of a number of books geared towards scholars and the classroom, and including “How to Know Stuff”, a little e-book designed for the general public. Dr. Miano currently teaches at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. His website is: www.davidmiano.net.

OCTOBER 2016 PRESENTATION VIDEO – Lori Lee: Slavery & Health Practices in 19th Century Virginia

Health consumerism in the modern sense speaks to patients’ involvement in their own healthcare decisions. How does this concept apply to enslaved laborers in the antebellum South? Anthropologist Lori Lee’s study of enslaved African Americans in central Virginia looks at the degree of access they had to resources that shaped their health and well-being experiences. The nature of health and illness is multilayered. It is influenced by an individual’s personal experience with their physical body, including their mind; by how the body is socially represented in various symbolic and metaphorical forms; and by regulation, surveillance, and control of one’s reproduction and sexuality, work and leisure, and sickness. Lee’s presentation uses this multi-layered approach to explore practices of health and healthcare among the enslaved laborers in the antebellum South.

Lori Lee is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Flagler College. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the African diaspora, gender, memory, and material culture.