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September 16, 2020
The Department of Classics is extremely proud of Dillon Gisch (B.A. 2013, summa cum laude, Classical Studies and Art History) for winning a coveted Arthur Ross/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize! As an undergraduate at UW, Gisch was an outstanding student who won (among other honors) a Mary Gates... Read more
August 7, 2020
The University of Washington Classics Department is proud to announce that our distinguished alumna Yurie Hong has been named one of YWCA Mankato's Women of Distinction for 2020. Professor Hong received her PhD in Classics in 2007, with a dissertation on “Gendered Conceptions: Reproductions of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Greek Literature.” Since then she has been on the faculty of Gustavus... Read more
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June 11, 2020
CLASSICS       LATIN       GREEK       CLASSICAL STUDIES We celebrate the achievements of students of the Classics Community at the University of Washington over the past academic year, 2019–2020. DEGREES CONFERRED AND EXPECTED Ph.D. in Classics Anna Simas Dissertation: “Killer Queen: Clytemnestra as Goddess, Heroine, and Monster” M.A. in Classics Joseph Bringman MA Paper: “Fate, Homer, Achilles, and Counterfactuals” Mary... Read more
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May 22, 2020
The “Humanities First” First Year Experience program was featured in The Daily yesterday. This program is funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Check out the article in The Daily here. 
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May 6, 2020
Find out more about the Humanities First program and meet the Fall 2020 instructors by visiting this page
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May 6, 2020
The College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Division has received a grant from The Mellon Foundation for the newly offered First Year Experience for incoming freshman. If you are an incoming freshman, read more about the program and consider applying!  Read more about the Humanities First program.
March 8, 2020
Prof. Sarah Levin-Richardson’s book, The Brothel of Pompeii; Sex, Class, and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society (Cambridge 2019), is the subject of a recent podcast produced by the Times Literary Supplement, a venue more commonly known for its reviews of literary authors (such as Elena Ferrante, whose latest novel La vita bugiarda degli adulti is also discussed in the same podcast). In the podcast, Prof. Rebecca Langlands discusses the merits of Prof. Levin-... Read more
February 26, 2020
The Department of Classics is thrilled to announce that Prof. Chris Waldo will be joining our faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor. Prof. Waldo earned his PhD from Berkeley in 2019 and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane. He specializes in Greek poetry, particularly Greek lyric and tragedy, and wrote his dissertation on “Emergent Genre: Innovation and Experimentation in the Victory Odes of Pindar and Bacchylides.” As the Co-Founder and President of the... Read more
February 13, 2020
Professor Olga Levaniouk was recently interviewed for Ancient Greece Declassified, a wonderful podcast series about making the "Classics" accessible to everyone. In this crystal-clear and beautifully produced piece, Olga talks about the Odyssey's presentation of Penelope as an equal match to Odysseus in intelligence and courage. She explores how Penelope conducts a coded dialogue with the newly arrived beggar, who is her... Read more
Chris Hurley
January 28, 2020
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Chris Hurley.  An extraordinarily successful lawyer, Chris returned to the classroom several years ago to pursue his deep interest in Classics.  Several of us were privileged to have had Chris in our classes, where he was always a very welcome presence.  Possessed of an incredibly sharp and generous mind, Chris enlivened every class with his wisdom, inquisitiveness, and an unfailingly helpful and supportive attitude toward his fellow... Read more