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September 22, 2021
Perspectives, the College of Arts & Sciences Newsletter, ran a fantastic piece on Humanities First, a new First Year Experience for incoming students interested in the humanities. Humanities First is directed by Prof. Sarah Stroup and was a huge success in its first year (2020-21); exciting things are planned for year two! You can read more about Humanities First... Read more
September 3, 2021
Despite the challenges imposed on us all by the pandemic, the UW Classics Department continues to thrive. We are especially proud of our 2021 graduates, with particular congratulations due to Dr. Emma Brobeck, who upon successful defense of her dissertation (“Craftsmen, Identity, and Status in the Literature of Flavian Rome”) took up a job teaching at the University of Arkansas. Our students... Read more
August 29, 2021
Congratulations to our PhD student Diana Molkova, who has been awarded the 2021-22 Joff Hanauer for Excellence in Western Civilization Graduate Fellowship! As a Hanauer Fellow, Diana will participate in a bi-monthly seminar led by Professor Sabine Wilke, Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization. The goals of this program are to foster creative and critical work in the Western cultural tradition and to help prepare teachers from different disciplines who have well-reasoned... Read more
August 4, 2021
Daniel P. Harmon May 3, 1938 – July 25, 2021 Dan, as he was called by family, friends and colleagues, was born on May 3, 1938, in Chicago and raised in Western Springs, Illinois, the son of Bernard L. and Dorothy (Lesser) Harmon. After graduating with a BA in Classics from Loyola University of Chicago in 1962, Dan continued his studies at Northwestern University, where he received both an MA (1965) and PhD (1968) in Classical Languages, Literature and Linguistics. He also attended the American... Read more
June 14, 2021
By Catherine Connors We are saddened to report that Rochelle Snee, who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington, passed away during 2020. Her research focused on religious and political developments in Byzantium.  She served on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma for many years and is also fondly remembered as an active member of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest. We wish to include here in its entirety the obituary which appeared in the ... Read more
June 11, 2021
Classics PhD candidate Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld received the highly competitive 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award, given to only two graduate students in all of UW-Seattle. This award was created "to recognize the contributions of graduate student instructors to the scholarship of teaching and learning." Here's how Sarah's excellence was described: After taking one of... Read more
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June 9, 2021
Congratulations to the students of the Classics community at the University of Washington for their accomplishments over the past academic year, 2020–2021! DEGREES CONFERRED AND EXPECTED Ph.D. in Classics Emma Brobeck Dissertation: "Craftsmen, Identity, and Status in the Literature of Flavian Rome" M.A. in Classics Nicole SpethMA Paper: "Changing Viewpoints, Comedy, and Obscenity in the Suburban Baths" MAJORS B.A. in... Read more
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June 2, 2021
Classical Studies major and UW Women's Volleyball star Maria Bogomolova was profiled in Perspectives, the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter. Read more here!
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April 28, 2021
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021-2022 Simpson Center Fellowships, including three UW Classics graduate students! Here are the winners, along with their exciting projects: Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public: Kaitlyn Boulding (PhD Candidate, Classics) The Death and Afterlife of Cleopatra, a Radical Audio Guide Society of Scholars Fellows: Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld (PhD... Read more
April 26, 2021
by Stephen Hinds Grace Funsten (PhCand) and Adriana Vazquez (PhD '17) are among the five Ancient Studies winners, and the 32 winners across the arts and humanities at large, of the 2021-22 Rome Prize, which brings together scholars and artists for year-long residential fellowships in the American Academy in Rome, beautifully situated high on the Gianicolo. Grace's project is titled 'En versus... Read more