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Apr 4 2020

POSTPONED – Chicagoland Homerathon

April 4 - 5, 2020

9:00 AM - 1:00 AM


UIC Quad


Chicago, IL 60607-7117

flyer for event

Due to the COVID-19 public health situation, this event has been postponed. Please check back for a new date!

The University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies will be hosting the first Chicagoland Homerathon on April 4th, 2020 beginning at 9:00 am. The event will last until approximately 12:00 am and welcomes anyone to participate at any time and for as long as they are available. The Homerathon will feature a complete live reading of Homer’s Odyssey (in English translation) along with a variety of food from local restaurants, live music and other performances, and special guests from the Chicago area and beyond.

At the Chicagoland Homerathon, the reading of the Odyssey will commence promptly in the morning and continue throughout the day with students, faculty, experts in the field of classical studies, authors, artists, and interested Chicagoans taking turns reading 3-5-minute passages from the epic poem. Students from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Valparaiso University, and Loyola University Chicago will work together with their communities to prepare for this event and share their love of history, art, and classical literature with the Chicagoland area. This student-organized event is an opportunity for people of any age or experience to come together to engage with classical literature—and most importantly, have fun!

The event will be free to attend and the University will provide food to participants. It is family-friendly, with lawn games, art activities, and face-painting for children of all ages during the day. There will also be Homerathon T-shirts and stickers available, as well as prizes for everyone who reads a passage. Donations to support future student-organized events are welcome!

Instruction for signing up ahead of time are available online. For more information, email UIC’s point of contact, Grace Li, at or the UIC faculty sponsor, Dr. Krishni Burns, at


School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Date posted

Mar 3, 2020

Date updated

Mar 13, 2020