Rediscovering Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Janet Stephens, Speaker

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Before 2008, scholars assumed that the
    hairstyles depicted on ancient Roman female portraiture were
    universally false—either wigs or invented by the sculptor with
    no reference to the subject’s “actual” hair.  Janet
    Stephens’ overturned this assumption after rediscovering the
    Roman practice of sewing hairstyles together using needle and

This lecture-demostration features a live
    recreation of an ancient hairstyle on a volunteer model and
    discussion of ancient artifacts and technology, the latin
    literature of grooming and hairdressing, the practical and social
    ramifications of hair in Roman daily life, anachronism in the
    intellectual history of ancient hairdressing and hair science. 

Janet Stephens is a Maryland Senior Cosmetologist and educator who is a self-trained experimental archaeologist. Her interest in recreating ancient Roman hairstyles began with a chance visit to the Walters Art Museum in 2001, and she is now the recognized authority on the topic. She presents her research at universities, museums, and archaeology conferences, and was a 2012 Rome Prize finalist and American Institute of Archaeology travelling lecturer in 2014-15 and 2016-17. She has published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology and EXARC—the Journal of Experimental Archaeology, is a contributing author to the Berg Cultural History of Hair (forthcoming 2018), and has a popular YouTube channel devoted to historical hairdressing from antiquity through the 19th century.  


Greek and Roman Studies

An Evening with Werner Herzog

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The Film and Media Studies program at Rhodes College presents a public screening of Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), followed by a Q&A session with the legendary filmmaker himself. 

THE WILD BLUE YONDER tells the story of an alien species seeking refuge on earth while humans are looking for other worlds to colonize. Though the film announces itself as a “science fiction fantasy,” its combination of mesmerizing footage from NASA missions and underwater exploration in Antarctica with originally produced material defies easy categorization. It offers a haunting meditation on eco-conservation, on longing for home, and on what being an alien really means. It won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.

Werner Herzog is among the most daring, influential, and prolific contemporary filmmakers. He emerged as a creative force from the New German Cinema and has earned international critical acclaim with epics like AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and FITZCARRALDO (1982) as well as documentaries like FATA MORGANA (1971), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), and GRIZZLY MAN (2005). Spectacular and perplexing, Herzog’s films are set in unique landscapes that become reflections of emotional states; they blur distinctions between reality and fiction and are often populated by mad men and women at psychological extremes. As Roger Ebert once put it, Herzog is among a handful of directors who “keep the movies vibrating.”

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the Rhodes community at Rhodes Express and to the public at Novel bookstore, located at 387 Perkins Extd. 

Film and Media Studies

Dread Scott

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Please Note: The lecture has been moved to the Bryan Campus Life Center

"The Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide"

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. Sampling his artwork from the past 25 years, he will discuss how he thematizes slavery, the criminalization of Black and Latino youth, and the continuum connecting the Civil Rights movement to contemporary #BlackLivesMatter resistance. His goal is to imagine a world beyond oppression and suffering.
His art has been exhibited at the MoMA PS1, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Walker Art Center and at the Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland, as well as on view in America is Hard to See at the new Whitney Museum. His work was also denounced on the Senate floor and became part of a landmark first amendment Supreme Court decision during the "culture wars" of the early 90’s.

Scott will lecture on his life and work, and the role of the artist as activist and agent of social change, in conjunction with an exhibition at Clough-Hanson Gallery. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.