The big news this week is that Professor Michael Fronda of McGill University has agreed to come and present the inaugural Cyprus Research Fund lecture here at the University of North Dakota. The talk will be at 4 pm on September 17th in the Chester Fritz Library's East Asia Room.
The title of his talk is "Anarchy, Rivalry and the beginnings of the Roman Empire".
Here's an abstract for it:
Professor Fronda's paper will examine the growth of Roman power in the ancient world by focusing on how the city of Rome came to dominate the Italian Peninsula. Through an innovative use of contemporary international relations theory, Prof. Fronda argues that Rome capitalized on the tendency for ancient state relations to be anarchic, on the one hand, but in some way limited by enduring rivalries between particular states, on the other. Rome’s ability to exploit these fundamental characteristics of ancient, and perhaps all, states led ultimately to the city’s domination of Italy and provided important lessons for the city’s conquest of the Mediterranean world.
The talk is open to the public and a reception will follow.
Mike is my oldest friends in academia and it's great that he's agreed to come and present this talks. It's also exciting that the talk is sponsored by the Cyprus Research Fund and will be the first in a series of annual talks which seek to introduce the Mediterranean world to University of North Dakota community. Mike is particularly suitable candidate for the inaugural lecture because he has not only spent time working with us on Cyprus, but because he returns each year to the Mediterranean as both a scholar and a teacher. For more information on the Cyprus Research Fund and, in particular, how to give to this fund, click here.
Support for the talk has also been provided by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.