Robin Greene's work with one of her students at Providence College was recently featured in the Providence College Magazine. The project, titled 'Speech and Silence in Virgil’s Aeneid', was supported through the college's Undergraduate Research Grant Program. See more at http://magazine.providence.edu/?p=3867
As usual, UW Classics will make a strong showing at the annual meeting of the Society of Classical Studies held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (January 6-9, 2016, in San Francisco). Alexander Hollmann is speaking on "Curse Tablets and Wells in Private Houses in Antioch" on the program of the AIA. At the SCS, Graduate students Joshua Hartman and Bridget Langley are delivering papers on “Julian as Citizen: Attic Oratory and the Misopogon” and “Female Plumbers in the Metamorphoses: Women Talking Water,” respectively. Ruby Blondell is... Read more
A passer-by on a recent evening spotted this owl on the fence outside Denny Hall.
Professor Ruby Blondell recently spent a week at Oberlin College presenting the Martin Classical Lectures on the theme Helen of Troy on Screen. Her four lectures covered representations of Helen in the silent movie era and the Hollywood epics of the 1950s, ending with the TV shows Star Trek and Xena: Warrior Princess. She also had the pleasure of spending time with recent Ph.D. graduate Naomi Campa, who is at Oberlin with a Mellon post-doctoral fellowship.
Professor Olga Levaniouk brought her perspective on Homer's Penelope to a round-table discussion at Effable and Ineffable: Gabriel Fauré and the Limits of Criticism, a conference sponsored by the UW School of Music and the Simpson Center for the Humanities held October 22-24, 2016. The conference featured Fauré's rarely performed opera Pénélope by Vespertine Opera in conjunction with Philharmonia Northwest and the UW School of Music. See more at https://sites.google.com/site/faureconference2015/... Read more
While the Classics Department is spending 2015-2016 in Condon Hall, work proceeds to restore and rebuild Denny Hall, where Latin and Greek have been taught since the University moved to its present site in 1895. See more at the Capital Projects Office http://cpo.uw.edu/denny-hall-renovation
The UW Undergraduate Theater Society is mounting a production of Sophocles’ Electra beginning on October 22nd, and two of our graduate students, Charles Carver and Anna Simas, consulted as dramaturgs for the production. Carver and Simas both have a personal interest in Greek tragedy, but approach the material from different points of view (military history and feminist theory, respectively), and brought both perspectives to the table as dramaturgs. Says Carver of his duties toward the actors, “We are helping to better acquaint them with ancient dramatic convention and the context... Read more
Adriana Vazquez, a fifth year graduate student, returns this summer from a tour of Classics departments in Brazilian universities, including the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, and the Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara campus. Being of Brazilian parentage, she was able to use her native fluency in Portuguese during her stay. During her visits, she presented two original papers on Virgilian reception, entitled “Como é a vida de um poeta? Observações sobre as vidas dos poetas após... Read more
It is with tremendous sadness that we report that Emeritus Professor Pierre MacKay passed away this past Sunday (June 14). As those of you who knew Pierre -- either as a student, colleague, or simply as his friend -- can attest, he was a truly remarkable man. We will pass along in this space further information as we receive it.
With great sadness we report that our dear friend and colleague, Emeritus Professor Paul Pascal, passed away on May 11. As all of Paul's many friends, colleagues, and students are aware, Paul was a remarkable teacher and scholar. We are grateful to Janet Pascal, Paul's daughter, for sharing the splendid account of Paul's life we quote here: Paul Pascal died on May 11, 2015, at the age of 90. He was born on March 26, 1925, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, so close to Ebbets Field that he used to listen to the Dodgers baseball games from the roof of his building. He attended Erasmus Hall... Read more