the greeks

Friday, April 8, 2016
The Field Museum

Join Lindsay Whaley, professor of classics and linguistics at Dartmouth, and explore the blockbuster exhibition The Greeks - Agamemnon to Alexander the Great at Chicago’s Field Museum.

The exhibition is generating a lot of fanfare. “This is a spectacular show,” writes Steve Johnson in  “‘The Greeks’ at Field Museum: 500 Artifacts to Sum Up Civilization,” in the Chicago Tribune. Johnson describes it as “an assemblage of clay, marble, bronze and, most vividly, gold that paints a rich portrait of Greece.” Marc Blais, director general of the Canadian Museum of History, where the exhibition was previously housed, says, "It's the first time in a generation, perhaps ever, that North America has seen an exhibition of this magnitude.”

Placing the exhibition in perspective for you will be Lindsay Whaley, a Dartmouth professor since 1999 and former interim vice provost and associate dean for international and interdisciplinary studies. A prolific writer and editor, Whaley was co-editor of the 2014 book, On Diversity and Complexity of Languages Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia. He has written and reviewed numerous articles on endangered and dying languages, and has taught classes on the origins of language and many classes on ancient Greece, including Beginning Classical Greek and Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry.  

The event will include a presentation by Professor Whaley, entrance into the special exhibition, and a reception.

6 p.m. Welcome and registration
6:15 p.m. Presentation by Professor Lindsay Whaley
7:30 p.m. Reception and time to view The Greeks Exhibit
10 p.m. Event concludes

Alumni and guests: $65
Classes of 2005–2015: $55

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496

This event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the Dartmouth Club of Chicago. To learn more about Dartmouth on Location programs, please contact us at 603-646-9159 or

The top photo is courtesy The Field Museum.