We are delighted to report that Professor Stephen Hinds has been named UW faculty Katz Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is a very special honor, the most distinguished award in the humanities at the University of Washington. The series description reads: "The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs." For further information on the Katz Lectures click here.
Stephen will most likely deliver the lecture sometime in Winter Quarter 2014. Although we have as yet no specific title, the lecture will focus on Stephen's current book project entitled Poetry Across Languages: Literature, Literalism and the Latin Tradition. As readers of this space will know, Stephen was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in order to work on this project. In his words, the book is a "study of the cross-linguistic and intercultural relations of poetic writing in Latin, within antiquity, between antiquity and modernity, and even at times within modernity. Discussions will reach back in time to Homer and forward to late antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond." Click here for more information on the NEH award and project.