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April 16, 2021
by Stephen Hinds Congratulations to Matthew Gorey, whose book Atomism in the Aeneid: Physics, Politics, and Cosmological Disorder was published in March by Oxford University Press; it seems like no time ago that Matthew was defending the dissertation prototype here in Seattle.  The front cover image shows 'Neptune calming the tempest from Book I of the Aeneid' by Marcantonio Raimondi (ca. 1515-16).  The back cover tells us on excellent authority that the book 'makes an... Read more
March 24, 2021
By James Clauss Alum Jackie Murray (PhD '05), Associate Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kentucky, recently received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion. The committee that selected her noted in particular her work on race and ethnicity, which is “innovative, timely, and a much needed challenge to the presumptive whiteness of Classics as a scholarly discipline,” and her... Read more
March 21, 2021
The Department of Classics at the University of Washington stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in the wake of the horrific shootings in the Atlanta area. We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue. We affirm that experiences of racism have been a persistent and ugly reality for Asian Americans since the first immigrants... Read more
March 1, 2021
by James Clauss W. Royal Stokes received his BA in History at the University of Washington in 1958 and an MA in Classics in 1960. While in Classics he studied with John McDiarmid, Tom Rosenmeyer, Paul Pascal, Robert Lenardon, Bill Grummel and Bill Read, who was at that time also the head of the UW Press. Dr. Stokes went on to receive his PhD at Yale in 1965 upon completion of his dissertation Studies in Homeric Formulas directed by Christopher Dawson and Adam Parry. He taught at the... Read more
February 7, 2021
by Daniel Harmon On December 21 of last year Mrs. Elizabeth Boba, former administrative assistant and undergraduate adviser in the UW Classics department, passed away at the age of 100 in Seattle. She began her career in this position during the mid 1970s and continued until March 1988. Elizabeth had a longstanding interest in Classics, going back to her role as 1937 Consul of the Latin Club in the E. C. Glass High School of Lynchburg VA and continuing at Illinois College and finally at Sweet... Read more
Chris Waldo
December 9, 2020
by James Clauss Assistant Professor Chris Waldo, President of the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, was recently interviewed by Cambridge University Press (the interview can be found... Read more
December 1, 2020
As always, UW Classics will be well represented at this year’s annual conference of the Society for Classical Studies (this year virtual due to COVID-19). See below for talks and panels by UW graduate students, faculty, and alumni; these can be watched online if you register for the conference. Note: the times listed here are all PST, for the sake of convenience; the... Read more
November 7, 2020
I became Chair of the Classics department on July 1 in the midst of a global pandemic. This is, needless to say, a very strange time, full of unanticipated challenges. But I have great faith in our department, and I’m optimistic that we’ll continue to build on our reputation as a trailblazer in teaching, research, and service. First of all, we are thrilled to welcome a new faculty member, Prof. Christopher Waldo. Chris earned his PhD at Berkeley in 2019 and spent last year as a Visiting... Read more
October 13, 2020
Pauline Ripat (PhD ’03) and Christina Vester (PhD ’04) have just released their second app! Hoi Polloi Logoi (HPL) is the sibling to their first app, Vice Verba. Free on iOS and Play, HPL tests the recognition and creation of ancient Greek verb forms. If players answer 10... Read more
September 16, 2020
by Kathryn Topper 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... Read more