It has been a busy year of events, projects and collaborations for all of us in the Department. Feminism and Classics VII: Visions brought more than 200 participants together on the UW campus for more than 100 presentations that shared searching and vibrant perspectives on classical texts and artifacts. The inventive and beautiful works of art in Just One Look, an exhibit of Artists' Books on the theme of women and vision, co-curated by alum Lauren Dudley and UW Libraries' Sandra Kroupa, were commissioned for the exhibition in an unusual process that invited artists to be inspired by materials that spoke to the theme of women and vision and which were contributed by Classics faculty and others across the humanities. A stunning video of the exhibit is available here.
Department faculty also contributed their expertise and perspectives to events connected with musical and dramatic performances throughout the year including Fauré's Pénélope, Gluck's Orphée, Sophocles' Electra, and UW Music professor Melia Watras' source for viola, percussion and violin (2015).
Beyond the limits of the Seattle campus we continue to embrace opportunities to foster the teaching of Classics in all settings. In a collaboration with Husky Athletics the Department offered 'Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Rome' as a short study abroad course at the UW Rome Center over spring break. This year's theme for our annual conference for teachers of Classics was 'Enacting the Past: Projects and Performances in the Classroom' and featured dynamic presentations from Cora Mackoff of Seattle's Roosevelt High School, and Robin Stacey and Mira Green of the UW Department of History. Weekly after-school Introduction to Latin clubs were offered at two Seattle public middle schools throughout the year. Our annual training for instructors of UW in the High School Latin 103 featured presentations on active learning, including Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson's talk on 'Interactive and innovative strategies in the Latin Classroom.' We provide support too for the teaching of Latin in UW's summer Math Science Upward Bound Program for Seattle high school students.
We are so appreciative of the campus partnerships and community support that make these collaborations possible.