Monmouth College will host three recurring events on March 17, including the final Great Decisions discussion of the year. All three events are free and open to the public.
The day’s events will begin at noon with an International Luncheon program in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room in the Stockdale Center. International student Arjun Subedi will speak about his native country in a talk titled “Nepal Between Two Giants.” His talk will focus on the social, cultural, political and economic condition of the nation, and he will also discuss the impact of neighboring India and China on Nepal.
A buffet lunch will be served, and a meal ticket may be purchased for $7.50 in the food service office in Stockdale Center. Meal reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-457-2149, but anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.
At 7:30 p.m., Victor Martinez, a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, will deliver a talk titled “Hercules Italicus: Hercules in Italy.” The talk is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).
Not identical to the Greek hero of the same name, Hercules was one of the most popular divinities among the populations of central and northern Italy.
“I argue that, although one cannot trace a direct evolution from the beginning of figural representation for Etrusco-Ttalic Herakles, earlier and more anonymous hero-figures from Italy embody indigenous and deeply rooted cultural meanings that are evident in subsequent representations of Herakles in central and northern Italy,” said Martinez.
Also at 7:30 p.m. in the Tartan Room of the Stockdale Center, assistant professor of history Fred Witzig will introduce the Great Decisions topic, “Peace Building and Conflict Resolution.” Following his opening remarks, there will be approximately one hour of group discussion.