ACL CENTENNIAL INSTITUTE 

NEW YORK CITY EXCURSIONS

WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019

Exact times and locations will be supplied closer to the event.  

Full Day Excursion

Participants who select this option will not be able to register for half-day excursions. 

Greek Utopias at the World's Fairs: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Museum, Greek Astoria
Dr. Jerise Fogel, Montclair State University, Guide

Queens is one of the less-explored boroughs of New York City for tourists, yet it is home to some incredible history and culture. We will see Flushing Meadows’ World’s Fair Exhibition Grounds and Queens Museum, part of the NYC Parks system, first created to house the 1939 World’s Fair, and later also the 1964 World’s Fair and its famous Unisphere. Our walking tour will center on the Fair exhibits and include the Unisphere and a guided tour of the Queens Museum, as well as a slide lecture if possible; we’ll also lunch at a Greek restaurant in Astoria.
1. Trylon, Perisphere, Unisphere: 1939 and 1964’s inspirational “World of Tomorrow” based on the Greek scientific legacy 
2. The Greek Pavilion: a quasi-fascist utopia based on ancient Greece (Metaxas’ 1939 regime and its controversial exhibit)
3. Modern Greek culture in Queens: multi-cultural Queens and its local community histories, including those of Greek immigrants, today


 

HALF DAY EXCURSIONS
Particpants will be able to select one AM and one PM excursion.

AM EXCURSIONS 

Schedules will vary but most will last 2 hours, and conclude by 12:30 pm.

THIS EXCURSION IF FULL
Myths at the Metropolitan Museum (Latine!)
John Young, Guide

The Titans of Rockefeller Center
 (Rockefeller Center walking tour)

Dr. Jared Simard, New York University, Guide

Come explore Rockefeller Center, famous for its Christmas Tree and Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes. Less understood but no less conspicuous is the Center's deep engagement with Classics! From the statues of Prometheus and Atlas to the many allusions to the Roman past, this walking tour will discuss the many classical references in Rockefeller Center. Ultimately, the tour hopes to serve as a model for inspiring teachers to have their students engage with the classically-inspired material culture around them. Please wear comfy shoes and be prepared to be on your feet the whole time.

Classical New York: Discovering Greece & Rome on Wall Street
Dr. Matthew McGowan, Fordham University, Guide

Come explore the classical influence on New York’s most iconic buildings around Wall Street with Professor Matthew McGowan (Fordham), editor of Classical New York: Discovering Greece and Rome in Gotham. The tour will include Federal Hall, NY Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, & St. Paul’s. It will start at the stately Greek-revival St. Peter’s on Barclay Street, head to Broadway for visits to St. Paul’s and Trinity Church and then turn on to Wall Street to end at NY’s most famous Greek revival building, Federal Hall, and to offer an interpretation of the highly classicizing pedimental sculpture of the beaux-arts NY Stock Exchange itself.

THIS EXCURSION IS FULL
Central Park from Sherman's Equestrian Statue to Cleopatra's Needle
    Ron Janoff, Guide


PM EXCURSIONS

Most will begin around 2:00 pm.

THIS EXCURSION IS FULL
Eromenoi and Hetairai: Sex and Sexuality in the Greek and Roman collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dr Andrew Lear,
PhD in Classics, UCLA; President, Oscar Wilde Tours

American Acropolis: Columbia University campus and Grant's Tomb National Monument
Ron Janoff, Guide

This walking tour will focus on the great classical buildings, motifs, and sculpture of the Columbia Univeristy Campus, and on the two presidents (Low and Butler) who created it, as well as the many notable classicists who have been faculty at Columbia; including the splendid interior of Low Library (McKim Meade and White). After that, we cross to Barnard College, and on to Grant's Tomb. Participants who wished could join our guide in an extra walk down to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park, magnificent on a late June afternoon; or go on their own to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

THIS EXCURSION IS FULL
The Titans of Rockefeller Center - Repeated from the AM Excursions
 (Rockefeller Center walking tour)

Dr. Jared Simard, New York University, Guide

THIS EXCURSION IS FULL

American Numismatic Society
Dr Lucia Carbone, Guide

              Teaching Caesar & Vergil with Coins
 

             Coinage and Literature, two complementary approaches to Roman civilization
 

 

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