Rouman Classical Lecture Series Anniversary Celebration Features Filmmaker
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
October 10, 2007
UNH welcomes Emmy-nominated British filmmaker Michael Wood as part of
its 10th anniversary celebration of the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture
New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has designated the fourth week of October
2007 as Classics Week in New Hampshire in honor of the 10th anniversary
of the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series. UNH will hold a series
of events as part of its celebration of the lecture series Oct. 23-26.
The celebration culminates with the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture, "The
Point of the Classics: The Enduring Image of Greece" by Wood. All
events are open to the public.
“Wood is an exhilarating speaker who, in person and on film, brings
the past to life again, passionately showing the interconnections between
the ancient and medieval worlds and our own. Ancient Greece has been a
continual source of inspiration for him, and the university is pleased
to have him on campus to share his love of the classical world,” said
Stephen Trzaskoma, associate professor and coordinator of UNH Ancient Greek
For the past decade, the Rouman Lecture has brought world-famous speakers
to the state to talk about all aspects of the ancient world. The series
began in 1997 with a grant from the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable
Foundation. The series is named after one of the university's most distinguished
members of the faculty, John C. Rouman, who taught for decades at UNH and
served as the chair of the Classics Program.
Topics explored by the series have covered a range of subjects within
Greco-Roman civilization, including mythology, literature, history, art,
philosophy, and language, and feature lectures delivered by internationally
recognized speakers and scholars.
With more than 70 documentary films to his credit, Wood is the writer
and host of many critically acclaimed series on PBS, including “Art
of the Western World,” “Legacy,” “Conquistadors,” “Shakespeare” and “In
the Footsteps of Alexander the Great.” More than a dozen of his films
have focused on Greek history, among them the Emmy-nominated “In
Search of the Trojan War.” New Hampshire Public Television will air
Woods' Myths Series in advance of Classics Week, beginning Monday, Oct.
8. For more information, visit http://www.nhptv.org/schedule/series.asp?progSer=12921&chnl=1010.
For a complete listing of UNH Classics Week events, visit http://www.helleniccomserve.com/Wood/WoodWeb/classicswk.html