The Rader Lecture

The Department of Classics and Letters proposes to establish an annual lecture series, named in memory of Dr. Katherine Rader, to invite outstanding scholars from around the world to present on topics from Greek and Roman antiquity. The long-term purpose of this series will be to stimulate intellectual discussion at the University of Oklahoma and to develop relationships with other programs of classical scholarship around the world.

The series will be named in memory of Dr. Katherine Rader, who earned three degrees at the University of Oklahoma: BA (1936), MA (1940), PhD (1951). She taught English at Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Central State University (UCO) over a career that spanned nearly fifty years. As a teacher, she was renown for her ability to generate excitement for intellectual pursuits and critical and imaginative thinking. She died in 2005 and left a generous bequest β€œto support and enrich the Department of Classics and Letters formerly known as the Department of Classical Languages.” We believe that bringing outstanding teacher-scholars to the University of Oklahoma will honor her life of enthusiastic teaching and encouragement and will enrich the lives of OU students and the broader community.


John Bodel: "The Rediscovery of Rome and the Formation of the American Epigraphic Collection"

Dr. John Bodel, W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics, Professor of History, and Director of Early Cultures at Brown University, presented the inaugural lecture of the Katherine Rader Distinguished Lecture Series on March 25, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in the Frontier Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. His topic was "The Rediscovery of Rome and the Formation of the American Epigraphic Collection."


Kathleen M. Coleman (Harvard): "The Virtues of Violence: Amphitheatres, Gladiators, and the Roman System of Values"

The Department of Classics and Letters is pleased to welcome Kathleen M. Coleman, The James Loeb Professor of Classics at Harvard University, as the second speaker for the Rader Lecture series. Members of the University and the public at large are invited to her lecture on Friday, September 30, 2016, in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 2:30pm.