Recent News

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
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