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Image of Prof. Sarah Stroup from Department of Classics
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
Image of Sheila Panyam, Lederman Scholarship Recipient
December 19, 2019
The following letter was written by Sheila Panyam, an undergraduate student majoring in Classics and Philosophy. Ms. Panyam will graduate in Spring 2020. The following letter was written by Ms. Panyam as the AY19-20 recipient of the Thomas A. Lederman Endowed Scholarship and is being shared with her permission.  Dear Mr. Lederman, I write to express my sincere gratitude for the scholarship that your family has awarded me, and to detail some of the experiences I have had over the past term,... Read more
UW Rome Center
December 18, 2019
As many of our readers will be aware, the University of Washington Rome Center is undergoing some major renovations at the moment.  Students and friends of the Department, past and present, and especially the many wonderful alums of the Department of Classics Rome Programs over the years may be interested in this story just published in the December 2019 University of Washington Magazine.  We are delighted that the article begins with a reminiscence by Rome Program ('03) and departmental alum ... Read more
December 16, 2019
If you’re going to the SCS/AIA/NACGLE conferences in Washington, DC in January 2020, be sure to check out these talks and roundtables featuring UW faculty, graduate students, and alumni! Friday, January 310.45am-12.45pmSCS Session 17 (Greek and Roman Novel): Ashli Baker (Bucknell faculty; UW PhD ‘11), “(Re)Reading the Roman Goddess Isis-Fortuna in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses” 1.45-4.45pmSCS Session 25 (Latin Poetry): Edgar Adrián García (... Read more
Dan Curley poetry book cover by S.L. Johnson
December 10, 2019
In 2013 Dan Curley (PhD ’99), Associate Professor of Classics at Skidmore, published Tragedy in Ovid: Theater, Metatheater, and the Transformation of a Genre with Cambridge University Press.  Now he is in print again, this time as the author of a neoterically crafted book of verse (his first), Conditional Future Perfect, published by Wolfson Press, an imprint of Indiana University.  In the words of two poet-critics on the cover: ‘Dan Curley’s poetry collection abounds with... Read more