Recent News

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
UW Classics graduate students and recent alums at the opening reception of Feminism and Classics VII
Feminism and Classics is an international conference series exploring the multiple interconnections among the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and the study of feminism, women and gender. It is held every four years at a different North American university. The seventh iteration, on the theme of Visions, was hosted this May 19-22 by the Department of Classics and Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington in Seattle. Comprising some 120 presentations over a four-day period, this was the largest Feminism and Classics yet, drawing 212... Read more
Feminism and Classics 7
188 attendees. 103 institutions. 32 artists’ books. 13 countries. 4 days. UW Classics, winner of the Departmental Equity Award in 2014 from the Women’s Classical Caucus, is proud to host the seventh iteration of the quadrennial conference Feminism and Classics (with additional support from the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation).  With specially commissioned artists’ books including “Mirror Mirror (or, The Tainted Tain)” and “Just One Look: Passing/Pairing,” and papers ranging from “Seeing Gorgon Skins” and “The Influence of Ancient Greek... Read more
images of women working, in the style of ancient Greek vases
 Just one look -- and you'll be inspired by the power of visual storytelling.  A major Book Arts exhibit on view through July 29, 2016, in the UW Libraries Special Collections in the basement of Allen Library is the product of an unusual collaboration between established book artists and humanities scholars, including many members of the Classics Department. Building on the UW Libraries' exceptional collection of Book Arts, and its decades-long relationships with many major book artists, co-curators Sandra Kroupa (UW Libraries) and Lauren Dudley (UW BA in Latin) invited scholars and... Read more
image of Jason and the Argonauts
For the past nineteen years, on one day every spring undergraduate researchers from across the University fill Mary Gates Hall with presentations and posters that describe research projects they have conducted. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is one of the largest of its kind in the USA, and many other universities have adopted this format for showcasing student advancement of knowledge. Over the years many UW Classics students have had projects accepted for the Symposium and this year's event includes an entire session (3:30-5:15 Mary Gates Hall 284)  devoted to Classical topics.  The... Read more