CANE Summer Institute

The Classical Association of New England Summer Institute brings together students, educators, and lifelong learners for an intensive week of lectures, mini-courses, reading groups, professional development workshops, and special events. Each institute considers the literature, history, and arts of the ancient Greeks and Romans — and how we engage with those cultures today.

The Institute was founded in 1983 by Edward Bradley, Phyllis Katz, and Matthew Wiencke of Dartmouth College and Gloria Duclos of the University of South Maine. After being based at Dartmouth from 1983 until 2011, the institute moved in 2013 to Brown University, under the leadership of Jeri DeBrohun of Brown. At the bottom of this page you will find a list of institutes from the past several years.

Please note that lectures and courses at the institute are given in English; participation in the institute does not require knowledge of the ancient languages. CANE welcomes interested individuals who are new to the study Classics to attend the Institute as well as graduate and undergraduate students.  Participants may board at Brown University for the Institute or commute to campus for the week.

CANE is thankful to the Onassis Foundation USA for its generous support of the Onassis Lecture Series. The 2019 Onassis Lecturer was Dr. Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Professor of Classics at Denison University.

With questions, please contact the CANE Summer Institute director at

Summer Institute 2020

The Empire and the Individual

July 13-18, 2020, Brown University

Featuring lectures including:

  • Deborah Boedecker, Brown University, “How Individual Persians ‘Resisted’ Their King”
  • Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University, “Staffing the Provincial Bureaucracy: Pliny in Bithynia”
  • Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Princeton University, “Epistemicide: The Roman Case”
  • Kurt Raaflaub, Brown University,  “War, Peace, and the Individual in the Ancient World”
  • Aaron Seider, College of the Holy Cross, “Confounding Empire: Ovid’s Wife and the Spaces of Exile”
  • Elizabeth Vandiver, Whitman College, will give a 3 lecture series on Homer and the Poets of World War I.

Featuring courses taught by:

  • Jeri Debrohun, Brown University
  • Sasha Mae Eccleston, Brown University
  • Hanne Eisenfeld, Boston College
  • John Higgins, Smith College
  • Peter Machinist, Harvard University
  • Bill Morse, College of the Holy Cross
  • Sailakshmi Ramgopal, Columbia University
  • Aaron Seider, College of the Holy Cross
  • Roberta Stewart, Dartmouth College

    2020 costs are not yet confirmed. 2019 costs were:

    • Basic Program $250
    • lodging (optional) $290
    • meals $190
    • parking $90

    Some photos from the 2019 Institute

    Past CANE Summer Institutes

    • July 8-13, 2019, Brown University
      • E Pluribus Unum
    • July 9-14, 2018, Brown University
      • Empires Ancient and Modern: Reactions to Imperial Power from Athens to the Americas
    • July 10-15, 2017, Brown University
      • The View from a Distance: Perspectives on the Greeks & Romans from across Space and Time
    • July 11-16, 2016, Brown University
      • Quid Sub Sole Novum? Imitation, Innovation, and Creation in the Ancient World
    • July 13-18, 2015, Brown University
      • Exegi Monumentum. Creating the Everlasting in the Ancient World
    • July 14-19, 2014, Brown University
      • “On the Shoulders of Giants:” Greco-Roman Giants and their Modern Emulators
    • July 15-20, 2013, Brown University
      • America’s Founding Fathers and the Classics of Greece and Rome
    • July 11-16, 2011, Dartmouth College
      • Spectacles in and of the Ancient World. spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipsae.
    • July 12-17, 2010, Dartmouth College
      • “Not Athens But the World.” Why America is Still Listening to Ancient Voices
    • July 6-11, 2009, Dartmouth College
      • Expanding the Map. Cultural Exchange and the Peripheries of the Classical World.
    • July 7-12, 2008, Dartmouth College
      • Revolution and Reaction: Radical Changes and Continuities in the Ancient World
    • July 9-14, 2007, Dartmouth College (25th Annual)
      • Beyond Antiquity: The Legacy of the Classical World