The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Outdoors in the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Past Event

Today's fierce backlash against globalization raises hard questions. What does greater connectedness across borders mean for our jobs, our national identities, our culture, and our governments? These are profound concerns—but they are not new ones. The ancient Greek and Roman worlds saw increasing flows of objects, people, and ideas that created a broader international consciousness—and no small amount of dislocation and turmoil. How did the ancients respond to these phenomena? Can the ancients offer us any lessons for addressing conflict and easing disruption in the globalized 21st century? New York University classics scholar Roger Bagnall, UC Santa Barbara sociologist and global studies scholar Jan Nederveen Pieterse, and Stanford classical philologist Grant Parker reckon with timeless questions of globalization. Margot Roosevelt, Economy Reporter, Orange County Register, moderates. Co-presented with Zócalo Public Square.

About the Panelists

Before joining the New York University faculty in 2007, Roger Bagnall was Jay Professor of Greek and Latin and professor of history at Columbia University, where he taught for 33 years. Educated at Yale University and the University of Toronto, he specializes in the social and economic history of Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique Egypt. He directs NYU's excavation project at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis in Egypt and has published results of the excavations in his latest book, An Oasis City. He retired as Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU in 2016.

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and held the Pok Rafeah Distinguished Chair of International Studies at National University of Malaysia in 2014-15. He specializes in globalization, development studies, and cultural studies. He is the author/editor of 23 books including Multipolar Globalization: Emerging Economies and Development, Globalization and Culture: Global Mélange, and Development Theory: Deconstructions/Reconstructions.

Grant Parker is associate professor and chair of the department of classics at Stanford University in California and currently the Richard E. Guggenheim Faculty Scholar. His expertise is in Latin literature and in topics linked to exotic elements of Roman imperial culture and to the history of maps and map-mindedness. His publications include The Making of Roman India and several articles on Rome's fascination with Egyptian obelisks.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The Museum Store will be open before the program, and a selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:15 p.m. Seating is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open and complimentary refreshments will be served following the program. This event takes place outdoors; please dress accordingly.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.