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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
Adriana Vazquez, a fourth year graduate student, has won the 2015 Lambda Classical Caucus Graduate Student Paper Award for a paper entitled 'The Girl from Lesbos: A Metapoetic Reading of Anacreon 358 PMG,' delivered at the 2014 meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest held in Vancouver BC this past March.  This  award is 'designed to encourage and reward scholarship by pre-PhD scholars on issues related to the LCC's mission.'  The award last year went to UW graduate student Mira Green, who recently completely her PhD in History.  For further information on... Read more
We are delighted to report that Emeritissimus Professor Larry Bliquez's much-anticipated Tools of Asclepius is now available from Brill.  You may read more about this splendid achievement by clicking here!
We thought you'd all enjoy reading this fascinating account from alumna Bobbie Sahr about her time here at the UW and her experiences with Department of Classics and beyond: ***** Bobbie Sahr (née Smith) graduated from the UW in 1960 with a BA in Education (fulfilled at that time with Latin courses), with minors in French and History.  Bobbie, who has kept many of her Latin texts throughout the years (and admits to writing translations in them, as we all have!), recalls her time here fondly: “The Classics Department was delightful.  I had Dr. Grummel for the majority of my classes and thought... Read more
Our new hire, Professor Sarah Levin-Richardson, was recently interviewed by New York magazine about the project she is working on at the American Academy in Rome this year, thanks to her Rome Prize (previously reported in here).   Please click here to read the article!