Recent News

Poster for Helen of Troy on Screen Starring Ruby Blondell
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.
image for Vespertine Opera and Philharmonia Northwest production of Fauré's Penelope
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
View of interior of Denny Hall during renovation
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    
poster for Sophocles' Electra, translated by Frank McGuinness, presented by the undergraduate Theater Society October 22-Nov 1
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
view of Rio de Janeiro
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 stayDuring 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
Alum Trevor Layman (BA in Classics and History '09) has been keeping busy.  After earning an MA in 2012 in Archaeology and the History of Art from Koç University in Istanbul, Trevor traveled to Antarctica to the McMurdo Station for Summer 2013-2014, where (among other things) he taught Latin.  Many of you attended Trevor's marvelous Lunctime Colloquium last spring when he reported on his experiences in a talk called 'Terra Australis Incognita: Tales of the Antarctic Latin Club'.  Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest Trevor this fall took up a position as Latin teacher and cross country... Read more
As many of our readers and supporters are aware, Professor James Clauss instituted in 1995 -- and has run many times -- a highly successful, 10-day Rome Academic Enrichment Program for the UW's Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.  The program has proven life-changing for many of its participants.  The story of one such student -- Annabel Cholico ('08), now an Academic Counselor with OMAD -- was recently featured on the Office of Global Affairs website.  It's a splendid tribute to Professor Clauss and the impact this program has had. ... Read more
Lissa Crofton-Sleigh wins Ars Longa Prize   We are proud to announce that recent UW Classics PhD Lissa Crofton-Sleigh is the winner of the Oxford Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama's Ars Longa Prize for 2014. This year's theme (chosen to mark the 150th anniversary of Strauss's birth) was the relationship between Richard Strauss's opera's and Greek tragedy. Dr. Crofton-Sleigh was awarded the prize for her essay, "Helen with the Blue Dress on: Strauss' Die Ägyptische Helena", a study of the representation of Helen in Strauss' opera. She originally wrote it for Professor... Read more

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