By Nick Lang
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Aug. 24, 79 A.D., life unexpectedly ended for 16,000 Pompeii citizens. Mount Vesuvius had erupted and as a result almost all of Pompeii was fossilized in volcanic ash. The eruption occurred the day after a festival celebrating the Roman god of fire. Someone either prayed too hard or not hard enough.
On April 9 at Civic Hall on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College, T. Corey Brennan will be hosting a lecture on the architecture of the amphitheater and other entertainment structures during the Roman Empire. The lecture will cover from the construction of the Colosseum to the Pink Floyd concert in 1970 and the impact on modern sports stadiums today.
Brennan, who has a Ph.D. from Harvard University with his interests in Roman political history, social history of classical antiquity, is the associate professor of classics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Brennan has appeared on multiple documentaries and television programs on the History, Discovery and National Geographic channels.
Civic Hall holds up to 250 people and is inside the Connector Building. Civic Hall has three sections and nine rows of theater-style seating with cushioned seats.
“The Amphitheater, from Pompeii to the Present”will take place at 7 p.m. April 9 in Civic Hall in the Connector Building on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College. To register for this event, go to http://www.camdencc.edu/civiccenter/upload/CCLR-Spring12-18-13-8.pdf, print and fill out the form and mail it to Camden County College – CCLR Office, P.O. Box 200, Blackwood, N.J. 08012 or email the form to CCLRregistrations@camdencc.edu. For more information, call the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at 856-227-7200, ext. 4333.