Recent News

Congratulations to Classics majors Malia Piper and R. Allen Snider, both of whom have been awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarships in support of their Honors Theses. Malia, working under the mentorship of Professor Catherine Connors, is writing on 'Bad Girls: The Role of the Mala in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature'.  The project investigates representations of the mala, the 'bad woman', who gives instruction to young women about managing lovers.   Professor Alex Hollmann is supervising Allen Snider's Thesis on 'Narrative magic: an analysis of some ancient contes... Read more
We are delighted to report that Professor Stephen Hinds has been named UW faculty Katz Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is a very special honor, the most distinguished award in the humanities at the University of Washington.  The series description reads: "The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the... Read more
We are thrilled to report that Nora MacDonald, longtime Latin teacher at Roosevelt High School and one of this Department's most admired and beloved alums (she earned her UW BA in Latin Cum Laude in 1971 and her MA in Latin in 1986), has been awarded the 2012 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-Collegiate Level sponsored by the American Philological Association and the American Classical League.  As many of our readers will know, Nora is something of an icon among Latin teachers in the Pacific Northwest.  She has passionately and expertly taught Latin to several generations... Read more
David Jekel, who is majoring in Classics and Mathematics and is also in the Honors Program, has been awarded a prestigious President's Medal.  You can read more about David and the award here
Professor Stephen Hinds has won a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, which he will take in the 2014-15 academic year.  The official NEH project title is Latin Literature’s Resonance in Other Languages and Traditions, though the working title of the planned book is Poetry across languages: literature, literalism and the Latin tradition.  The official press release announcing the awards may be found here; there is a link on that page to a pdf listing by state all... Read more
This summer, from July 2nd to August 9th, Professor Sarah Stroup will again lead the UW Tel Dor Excavations and Field School.  Returning from a year off for publication and research, the UW team will rejoin with the host teams from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and University of Haifa, to resume excavation in the southern areas of the tell, and to open new areas to the north.  Professor Stroup was once again fortunate to have received a generous $20,000 grant from the Samis Foundation; as before, this money will be used to help subsidize staff participation, and to provide up to 12 partial... Read more
Devin Gleeson, Edward Nolan, and Molly Ostheller at lunch at the CHS
 (Pictured, from L to R in foreground: Devin Gleeson, Edward Nolan, and Molly Ostheller at lunch at the CHS) UW Classics students are now contributing to the first-ever electronic multitext edition of Homer. In June three of our undergraduates—Molly Ostheller, Devin Gleeson, and Edward Nolan (now off to graduate school at Vanderbilt) —took part in an inter-collegiate summer seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The two-week seminar was devoted to the Homer Multitext project housed at the Center: the students learned the fundamental facts about oral and textual... Read more
We are delighted and excited to welcome to the Department for the 2012-13 academic year Visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Yongyi Li of Chongqing University (China).  More about Professor Li: Prof. Yongyi Li obtained his PhD in American and British Literature from Beijing Normal University, where he taught between 2003 and 2009. Since 2009, he has been teaching at Chongqing University. During the 2012-2013 school year, he will be a Fulbright research scholar at the Department of Classics, University of Washington. His major fields of inquiry include Romantic and Modernist poetry, Roman... Read more
Oil Jar with Paris and Helen (detail), attributed to the Painter of the Frankfort Acorn, vase-painter; and Phintias, potter. Greek, Athens, 420-400 B.C.
Our own Professor Ruby Blondell will be giving a talk at the Getty Villa in Malibu on Saturday, September 15, on Helen, the subject of her forthcoming book.  For details on the lecture click here.
On June 16th, Dave Brodhead, a senior majoring in Classics and recipient of a Jim Greenfield Scholarship for 2012-13, and the department's own Professor Cathy Connors came together to provide young, 4th-grade students and their families the chance to explore the cosmos.  "I was looking for a way to get my students excited for university education," said Brodhead, who teaches a Sunday-school class each week, "and I knew that Professor Connors wouldn't pass up the opportunity."  The team prepared a day of activities, which included exploring the cosmos from both the ancient and modern... Read more