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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
Photo of Cathy
Professor Catherine Connors’ excellence in teaching and her support of teaching Latin in K-12 education was recognized this year by the conferring of the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.  Congratulations Cathy! To read more about this award and this year's recipients, please click HERE
Mosaic depicting Aion, god of eternity, surrounded by a celestial sphere
Students in Prof. Bruce Balick's Cosmologies and Cultures course study theories of the origins of the universe. They learn about the Big Bang Theory, and place that in the context of human history and culture through lectures from seven guest speakers across the University. Jim Clauss contributed his expertise on Greek stories of the origin of the cosmos, the Greek word for the ordered universe. On April 19 Physics and Astronomy is sponsoring 'Cosmology, Cultures, and the Big Bang', including lecture, student presentations, and faculty panel discussion. See more in A&S Perspectives: ... Read more
students in Rome
"Excited, eager, enthusiastic, exhilarated. These words can’t come close to describing how thrilled we are to travel to Rome." So writes Justin Schmidt of the UW Men's Basketball team. In partnership with the UW Athletics Department, Sarah Stroup is leading a group of students, including student athletes, to Italy for a two week intensive study of sport and spectacle in ancient Rome, with a focus on gladiatorial games. Based at the UW Rome Center, the program also includes field trips to Pompeii and other sites in Italy, along with plenty of good food. Student reports of their travels are... Read more
Roman in a toga; illustration from Vice Verba Latin game
Christina Vester (PhD ’04) and Pauline Ripat (PhD ’03) have transformed their fond Seattle memories of playing Latin and Greek verb conjugation games in class into a lively and appealing – and free – game for Apple and Android devices. Working in collaboration with coder Darren Osadchuk and illustrator Rick Sealock, Christina (Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo) and Pauline (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Winnipeg) have recently released Vice Verba to help students of Latin master verb forms.... Read more
photo of the collaborative team
Early in Winter term 2016, a large group of faculty, students, alumni and friends gathered for a spacious and thought-provoking talk by Professor Gregory Nagy, visiting as this year's John B. and Mary K. McDiarmid Lecturer. Nagy's ‘Rethinking of Sappho in light of the Newest Fragments’ used recently deciphered papyrus fragments to add to what is known of the most famous female Greek poet, illuminating how the songs of Sappho both mark particular occasions and celebrate the power of song itself to capture and transcend the passing of time. Central to Nagy's arguments were several analyses of... Read more
Sarah Levin-Richardson lectures at Stanford
Professor Levin-Richardson was honored to be invited back to her alma mater, Stanford University, to deliver a talk on “Oppression and Agency in Pompeii’s Purpose-built Brothel.” Speaking to a full house, Prof. Levin-Richardson explained how careful examination of the brothel’s material record—its architecture, archaeological finds, frescoes, and graffiti—can illuminate the physical, social, and emotional experiences of those who worked in Pompeii’s most famous brothel two thousand years ago. In the end, the talk gave voice to a group of men and women who were marginalized in antiquity, and... Read more