The NYU Center for Ancient Studies is pleased to co-sponsor the Faculty Resource Network 2024 summer seminar
Revenge, Retribution, Reconciliation
Convened by David Konstan (NYU)
Monday, June 10, 2024-Friday, June 14, 2024
Revenge has a bad reputation these days. It is regarded as a primitive instinct, incompatible with the rule of law and civilized behavior. Revenge is motivated by passion, whereas retribution seeks justice. But is revenge necessarily bad? Might its aim be a restoration of dignity, rather than mere compensation or requital? Does revenge exclude reconciliation? And might retribution too lead to an excessive desire to punish the offender? In this seminar, we will discuss various aspects of revenge and retribution, in ancient Greece and Rome and in modern treatments and practices, along with forgiveness and other means of reconciliation. The seminar should be of interest to anyone engaged with questions of vengeance and conflict resolution, abuse and trauma, comparative anthropology, justice and the law, and the influence of ancient Greek and Roman values today. Readings will be distributed in advance of the meetings.
David Konstan is Professor of Classics at New York University, USA. His research focuses on ancient Greek and Latin literature, especially comedy and the novel, and classical philosophy. In recent years, he has investigated the emotions and value concepts of classical Greece and Rome, and has written books on friendship, pity, the emotions, forgiveness, beauty, and love. In the spring of 2023 he gave a series of lectures on revenge and retribution at the University of Campinas, Brazil. His most recent book is The Origin of Sin: Greece and Rome, Early Judaism and Christianity.
The Faculty Resource Network (FRN) at New York University (NYU) is pleased to announce the FRN Network Summer 2024 Program. FRN Network Summer will be delivered in-person at NYU in Manhattan, Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14, 2024. Limited housing options are available for participants who reside more than 50 miles from NYU's campus; see our website's FAQ section for additional details.
Faculty conveners have curated seminars that explore special topics that emphasize what is relevant to today’s educators and deepen conversations rooted in social justice, the arts, history, literature, and science, among others. FRN Network Summer is open to colleagues across the network, regardless of school, discipline, or rank. Consultation with your campus FRN liaison officer is requested prior to applying.
A complete application will include: a statement of intent; one (1) letter of recommendation from your division or department head who is well-acquainted with your teaching and scholarship; and a curriculum vitae.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1, 2024.
Contact the Faculty Resource Network at FRN@nyu.edu with any questions.