Symposia

PARTHENON SYMPOSIA

The Parthenon hosts Symposia through the year. Each symposium is an opportunity to gain knowledge of the ancient civilizations that underpin our own, the Parthenon, and contemporary fine art.

Two organizations provide the funding for these lectures: The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park and the Archaeological Institute of America. All lectures are FREE to the community and generally take place at the Parthenon at 6 PM followed by a reception.

UPCOMING SYMPOSIA:

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Gender in Ancient Greece and Today

Date: Thursday, February 6

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon (2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)

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Guests/Lecturer:

  • Dr. Katherine Harrington, Florida State University
  • Dr. Denise McCoskey, Miami University
  • Stephanie Rome, Fisk University
  • Carroll Van West, Middle Tennessee State University

Details: In connection with the key themes of the Parthenon exhibit Flood Lines by Tasha Lewis opening January 2020, a panel of experts will share their understanding of women and gender from ancient Greece through more modern Tennessee history.

Panelist's Bios:

  • Dr. Katherine Harrington, Florida State University
  • “Home Economics: Women’s Domestic Lives and Labor in Classical Greece”

Dr. Katherine Harrington is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she teaches a graduate seminar on gender. She has supervised numerous Greek excavation projects, and is an expert on domestic spaces in antiquity and pioneering female archaeologists in Greece. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University.

  • Denise McCoskey, Miami University
  • "Amazons and Female Empowerment from the Ancient Acropolis to the Voting Booth"

Dr. Denise McCoskey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and an Affiliate of Black World Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has written multiple books and articles on gender and race in the ancient world, plus regularly teaches courses such as “Women in Antiquity” and “Women, Representation, and the State”. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University.

  • Carroll Van West, Middle Tennessee State University
  • “Modern Paths to Democracy: Tennessee Women from the Underground Railroad to Tent City”

Dr. Van West is the Director of the Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. His preservation focus is on properties associated with the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War, rural areas, marginalized communities, and the southern music industries. Selected recent books include Nashville Architecture: A Guide to the City (University of Tennessee Press, 2015) and A History of the Arts in Tennessee (University of Tennessee Press, 2004).

  • Stefanie B. Rome, Fisk University
  • “Lifting as We Climb: The Enduring Legacy of African American Women in Progressive Movements”

Stefanie B. Rome is the First Lady of Fisk University, a private historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET) representative for Fisk University and serves on the board of Centennial Park Conservancy. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri, focusing her research on education.

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Goddess in Progress: Athena Parthenos in Nashville

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon (2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)

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Details: Noted sculptor Alan Lequire will discuss the process and artistic choices made in crafting a modern version of the famed statue of Athena once housed in the Parthenon.

Lecturer Bio: Alan LeQuire’s task was to reconstruct the Athena Parthenos statue for Nashville’s full-scale replica of the Parthenon, and to recreate a lost work by the fifth-century Greek sculptor Pheidias, whose original Athena Parthenos was known only from description and from miniature copies which LeQuire’s own research proved to be inaccurate.

LeQuire’s Athena, at forty-two feet tall, is the largest indoor statue in the United States; she supports a life-sized figure of Nike in the palm of her right hand. The unveiling of this work in 1990 made LeQuire a celebrated and controversial figure throughout Tennessee and attracted favorable notice from classical scholars, archaeologists and art critics nationwide, with articles in Art News and the New York Times Magazine.

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Conception through Completion, The Tennessee Suffrage Monument with Founder, Alma Sanford

Date: Monday, March 9

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon (2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)

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Details: Join us for Women’s History Month at the Parthenon to see the current exhibits from 6 - 7 PM and then hear from our speaker, Alma Sanford, founder of the TN Suffrage Monument, as she tells us how the statue came to fruition.

Alma Sanford’s talk will fill in the details of how she was able to get eight other women from around the state of Tennessee to join her in raising private funding to commission noted sculptor/artist Alan LeQuire to create a fitting memorial to the Tennessee suffragists, that would be placed in Tennessee’s capital city.

She will tell a little about the first women who helped found Nashville - and her personal connection to some of them, as her ancestors. Then she will show that on their shoulders stood many women who came here or were born here - who helped create this city and fight for women’s suffrage.

She will tell some of the roadblocks the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc. board members had to overcome. Finally, she will talk about the work that continues today, to see that the monument is placed in its permanent home in Centennial Park, near the Parthenon where the suffragists marched and held rallies in the 1919s. And she will end by inviting the audience to participate in the Parade and the Dedication program in Centennial Park on August 18, 2020, where 12 women skydivers will jump into Centennial Park carrying “votes for women” banners and plumes of gold, purple and white ‘smoke.’

About the Suffrage Monument: Alan LeQuire’s sculpture at Centennial Park includes five women who were involved in Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. The figures are Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville (front right), Frankie Pierce of Nashville (back left), Carrie Chapman Catt (national suffrage leader who came to Tennessee for the final battle – front left), Sue Shelton White of Jackson (back center), and Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga (back right).