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Oratorical Performance Space in Ancient Greece: Digital Reconstruction and Interpretive Visualization - Presentation by Richard Graff and Daniel Keefe

Date: 02/26/2013

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: 125 Walter Library

Cost: Free


This talk will present findings from a long-term collaborative and interdisciplinary study of the physical settings of ancient Greek oratorical performance. In addition to providing interpretive synthesis of the archaeological and literary evidence for the relevant structures, the project has utilized both traditional and emergent research methods to elucidate the ways their design organized the communicative (inter)actions that took place within them. The presentation will focus on the 3D digital reconstruction and visualization methods being developed in the UM Interactive Visualization Lab. It will demonstrate how these tools are being employed to identify salient architectural-spatial and acoustical variables in a selection of Greek civic structures, and to assess their suitability as venues for speaking, seeing, and hearing.

Richard Graff is an associate professor of Writing Studies & Literacy and Rhetorical Studies at the University of Minnesota.  Daniel Keefe is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Interactive Visualization Lab at the University of Minnesota.

This event is organized by the Digital Humanties 2.0 research collaborative.

Note: This presentation with demo will take place in Walter Library 125, the LCSE-MSI Visualization Laboratory (LMVL) of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study


Parking is available at the Fourth Street ramp and in the Church Street garage. Reciprocal contract parking in the Fourth Street ramp is available for those with contracts on the West Bank or on the Saint Paul campus.

More information: http://ias.umn.edu/2012/07/16/digital-humanities-2011-2012/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the IAS at 626-5054 or ias@umn.edu.

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