Recent News

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
Sarah Levin-Richardson's recent essay "Bodily Waste and Boundaries in Pompeian Graffiti" has been featured in Forbes. Levin-Richardson's essay builds on work she did while holding an appointment as Andrew Heiskell Prize Fellow at the American Academy of Rome. 
Catherine Connors (standing, third from right) with Latin teachers gathered on the UW campus, May 2016
Classical News From Denny Hall volume 45  As I come to the end of my first year as Chair of Classics at the University of Washington, It is a pleasure to share news of the Department, where compelling research and lively teaching advance knowledge and understanding of the culture, artifacts, literature and history of the ancient Greek and Roman world. We have spent the academic year 2015-16 in temporary quarters in Condon Hall while Denny Hall is being beautifully restored and rebuilt. As the elevator rises to our third floor quarters, we sometimes glimpse on the second floor Start-Up Hall,... Read more
Seattle area k-12 teachers of Latin
A lively group of Latin teachers, most local to the Puget Sound area and one tele-conferencing from Spokane, gathered under the auspices of the Department of Classics and the UW in the High School Program on the UW Campus one Saturday in May to share teaching strategies that help the Latin language and the Classical world come alive. Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson, a specialist in the pedagogy of Latin who is based at Oxford University and works with the advocacy and training group ... Read more
Classical Seminar in Rome Students 2016
On the eve of UW's 2016 Commencement ceremony in June,  friends and family gathered in Parrington Forum to celebrate the varied achievements of students in Classics. Bridget Langley was awarded the Ph.D. and Anna Simas and Emma Brobeck completed M.A. degrees in Classics. Graduating seniors in Classics include Joseph Bringman, Jr., Rachael Clark, Alexandra Holttum, and Zoé Thomas. Student activities during the year included undergraduate presentations of research projects at the University's annual ... Read more
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... Read more
Olga Levaniouk and her Concise Inventory of Greek Etymologies team of Classics graduate students
  Classics faculty, as usual, have been keeping busy with many interesting and innovative research projects.  Sarah Levin-Richardson's recently published work on graffiti and other aspects of the material world at Pompeii reads the writing on the wall to illuminate the lives and experiences of women and men who usually slip through the cracks of history. She completed the project while she was spending a year in Rome as the holder of the Andrew Heiskell Postdoctoral Prize at the American Academy in Rome. Kate Topper... Read more

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