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, Providence, RI

Please join us for the 37th Classical Association of New England Summer Institute on the theme The Empire and the Individual.

graduate credit available– Email the director for more information.

The organizers of the CANE Summer Institute invite you to join us for a weeklong examination of peoples and cultures that comprised the Classical Greek and Roman worlds. We will consider what it meant to be (but) an individual amid the greater whole of an empire and what that can tell us about living in today’s world.

Whether you are a high school or college teacher of Latin and/or Greek, History, English, the Arts, or other related disciplines, an undergraduate or graduate student, or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy a thoughtful and enriching experience that includes a wide variety of mini-courses, lectures, workshops, reading groups, and special events while also offering many opportunities for conversation and collegial interaction among participants

This summer’s 5-day mini-courses include:

He Longed for the Desert: Turning Your Back on Rome  John Higgins, Smith College

Romans and Italians: Building an Empire Before the Social War Sailakshmi Ramgopal, Columbia Univ.

Milton‚Äôs Lycidas and Pastoral Elegy Willam Morse, College of the Holy Cross

Vote Catiline!  Joanna Kenty, Radboud University

Affect and Matter in the Roman Empire Sasha-Mae Eccleston, Brown University

Pindar’s Victory Odes: Songs and Contexts Hanne Eisenfeld, Boston College

Tragedy‚Äôs Empire: Individual Agency in Antiquity and Beyond Aaron Seider, College of the Holy Cross

Problems in Roman Slavery: Texts and Contexts Roberta Stewart, Dartmouth College

Dido, Hannibal, Carthage: ‚ÄėNecessary‚Äô Victims of Rome‚Äôs Imperial Destiny? Jeri DeBrohun, Brown University

What Happens When A Ruler is Replaced? The Problem of Succession in Antiquity Peter Machinist, Harvard University

This summer’s lecture line-upwill feature a series of three lectures by Elizabeth Vandiver of Whitman College as well as lectures by Kathleen Coleman (Harvard University), Kurt Raaflaub (Brown University), Deborah Boedecker (Brown University), Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University), Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown Universty), Sailakshmi Ramgopal (Columbia University), and Aaron Seider (College of the Holy Cross).

The CANE Summer Institute is grateful to the Classical Association of New England, the Department of Classics at Brown University, and the Onassis Foundation USA for their support.

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