The biennial Graduate Group Student Symposium is one of the Graduate Group's significant shared enterprises at Bryn Mawr. Organized entirely by students, these ambitious symposia attract graduate students from all over the United States and from other countries to contribute papers on such interdisciplinary themes as "Thievery: The Anxiety of Influence and Appropriation" (2009); "To the Ends of the Earth: Journeys Ancient to Modern" (2007); "After Death and Afterlife: The End or Beginning?" (2005).

This year's symposium offers an interdisciplinary engagement of food as material and metaphor from the ancient world to modernity. Selected graduate students will deliver papers from a variety of disciplines and participate in a dialogue with their colleagues. Professor Darra Goldstein, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian at Williams College, will give a keynote address and offer response to the speakers. Professor Goldstein is the founding editor and editor in chief of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture and the editor of the series California Studies in Food and Culture, published by the University of California Press.

The Graduate Group embraces three departments: Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, and History of Art. Faculty and students in the three departments share space and resources in the Rhys Carpenter Library and collaborate in many scholarly, professional, and social activities.

This year's symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Group, the Center for Visual Culture, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, and History of Art.

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