Peter Meineck, 'Ancient Minds – Modern Science' – March 12

NYU Professor of Classics shares what neuroscience, psychology and cognitive studies tell us about antiquity. 

Monday, March 12
Peter Meineck, “Ancient Minds – Modern Science: What Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Studies can tell us about antiquity”
Whitley Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

In this illustrated talk, Peter Meineck will explain how the application of some of the latest research findings from the interconnected fields of neuroscience, psychology and cognitive theory can help us to better understand the ancient world.

The emotional affect of the ancient Greek theatre will be suggested as a case study to examine the question: how did the cultural invention of one of ancient Greek city-state some 2,500 years ago come to have such a profound and lasting influence on so many other cultures since? 

Meinick is professor of classics in the modern world at New York University, an affiliated faculty member of drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and honorary professor in the humanities at the University of Nottingham. His most recent book is “Theatrocracy: Greek Drama, Cognition and the Imperative for Theatre.” 

Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, Classical Studies Program and Neuroscience Program