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David Damrosch of Columbia University explores the relationship between Greek and Near Eastern epics, Wednesday, October 27

TITLE: Epic Grief: The Cost of Heroism in Homer and the Ancient Near East

WHAT: The new Humanities 110 Scholar Program, in conjunction with the office of the president, is sponsoring this special lecture by David Damrosch, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. Damrosch's lecture will address the relationship between the Greek and Near Eastern epics.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 27

WHERE:  Vollum Lecture Hall, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

COST: Free and open to the public

CONTACT: For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Humanities 110 Scholar Program
The Humanities 110 Scholar Program is a new program for the 2004-05 academic year. Funded in part by the office of Reed President Colin Diver, the program seeks to import a pan-Mediterranean perspective on the readings for Reed's Humanities 110 class. The Humanities 110 course is the foundation of Reed's curriculum on classic works from Greece and Rome, one which all first-year students at the college are required to take. In bringing the pan-Mediterranean perspective to light through a series of talks, the Humanities 110 Scholar Program seeks to broaden knowledge of the cultures from which the Greeks and the Romans borrowed--such as the Egyptians and the Babylonians.

David Damrosch is the first of four speakers the Humanities 110 Scholar Program plans to bring to Reed during the 2004-2005 academic year, providing an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community to learn more about those pan-Mediterranean cultures that influenced the Greek and Roman civilizations.

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Reed College
Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes Scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915). For more information, visit