Recent News

2017 PhD grads
Congratulations to our very successful PhD students! Matthew Gorey (PhD '17) will be a Lecturer at Bucknell University this fall; Eunice Kim (PhD '17) is beginning a two-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Gonzaga University; and Adriana Vazquez (PhD '17) will be an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA! Congrats also to the following recent PhDs on their new jobs! Josh Hartman (PhD ’16), Visiting Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College Bridget Langley (PhD ’16), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati Brandon Jones (PhD ’15), Visiting Assistant Professor, Millsaps College... Read more
students approach Denny Hall
Sarah Stroup helped organize and host experiences at UW as part of the 4th Annual Urban Culture Trip for eighth and ninth grade students at the Paschal Sherman Indian School on the Colville Reservation. See more at, who write: "The day on the UW campus was the brainchild of UW Classics professor Sarah Culpepper Stroup, who met Paschal Sherman Indian School science... Read more
The Department of Classics is very pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Scholarship Competition. Thanks to the generosity of many far-sighted and thoughtful friends of the Department and its students, there are three categories of award:  Jim Greenfield Academic year scholarships; Friends of Classics Summer language study scholarships; Classics Students Travel Endowment Awards to support study and travel during 2017-2018.  Applications, requiring a letter of 300-500 words addressed to Prof. Catherine Connors, Chair, describing how... Read more
Kaitlyn Boulding portrait, photo credit Winnipeg Free Press
Kaitlyn Boulding's literary work has been honored with an Emerging Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Kaitlyn, who entered the UW graduate program in Classics in 2016, is a published poet, some of whose work can be enjoyed here and here. Congratulations Kaitlyn! 
ancient fresco of young man reading
Recent months have seen the appearance of many lively and innovative publication projects by PhD, MA and BA alumni of the UW Classics Department. Yurie Hong's “Playing Zeus: Reproductive Technology and Lessons from Hesiod” has appeared in the online journal Eidolon. Yurie, PhD 07 and Associate Professor of Classics at Gustavus Adolphus College, examines myths of the birth of the goddess Athena as explorations of... Read more
portrait of Professor Stroup
As part of UW's upcoming Parent and Family Weekend, three days of programming showcasing the wealth of experiences available on campus, Professor Stroup is representing Classics with a presentation titled 'War Games! Sport, Spectacle & Violence in the Ancient & Modern Worlds' on Saturday April 8 at 11 am in Kane 210. Her course on this subject regularly draws a large crowd of students. As she says, 'Greek athletic games and Roman gladiatorial shows each developed — in different ways — out of the realities of warfare in the ancient world. America’s favorite sports, from the “one winner... Read more
Photo portrait of Professor Kate Topper
Professor Topper's research on gender, power and art in Ancient Athens and her very successful new course Classical Archaeology 461: Gender and Sexuality in Classical Art and Archaeology, offered for the first time in Winter 2017, are featured in The Whole U: "The ancient Mediterranean serves as the perfect practice ground for students to engage in ideas that might be at odds with their own—not least, Topper says, because “examining the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of ancient cultures primes them to understand their own cultures as equally... Read more
Sarah Levin-Richardson and Deborah Kamen
Professors Deb Kamen and Sarah Levin-Richardson were recently awarded the 2017 Women’s Classical Caucus Barbara McManus Award for Best Article for their co-authored chapter, “Lusty Ladies in the Roman Imaginary.”  Their chapter, an expanded version of their prize-winning 2010 Society for Classical Studies paper of a similar name, offers a new model of Roman sexuality that takes into account women’s sexual agency. You can find their chapter in Ancient Sex: New Essays, co-edited by Professor Ruby Blondell of UW Classics and Professor Kirk Ormand of Oberlin College.  This represents the... Read more
cast of undergraduate theater society Medea 2017
The UW Undergraduate Theater Society is mounting a production of Euripides’ Medea from February 23 to March 5.  Classics graduate student Anna Simas consulted as dramaturg for the production, which uses Ruby Blondell’s translation of the play.  Simas brought her previous experience as dramaturg for UTS as well as her love of Greek tragedy to the production, offering crucial background information for Euripides’ play to the cast and crew.  This is Simas’ second time working with director Chris Mowers, a Classics major, whose knowledge of Greek myth adds depth to his directorial... Read more
victorious youth
Graduate student Adriana Vazquez won a spot to participate in the 2016 Society for Classical Studies (SCS) Summer seminar in material culture, entitled "Gods and Mortals in Ancient Art." The seminar was hosted by the Getty Villa in Malibu, California, supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation. Adriana joined nine other graduate student participants from various institutions under the direction of Professor Bettina Bergmann of Mount Holyoke College. 'A Voice from Beyond', her project for the seminar, explored the context and significance of tiny ancient gold tablets that contain... Read more