Classical Studies news
The Summer Institute in Classical Studies offers students the opportunity to develop their training in the ancient languages. The Institute operates annually in June-July and features intensive courses in Greek and Latin. These are complemented with civilization classes that foster the understanding of ancient history. For inquires, contact the Director of the Summer Institute, Prof. John Serrati.
The Classics Students Association won three awards in excellence at the Arts Undergraduate Society's Awards Night, including Most Outstanding Undergraduate Journal (Hirundo), Most Outstanding New Event/Initiative (Agamemnon) and Most Outstanding Departmental President (Veronica Wheeler).
Professor Fronda has been awarded a Standard Research Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his research project "Performance of Power in Roman Italy." The grant will provide funds for three years (2011-12 through 2013-14), including graduate student stipends. For more information on "Performance of Power" visit the the Classical Studies website.
Professor Beck has been awarded a Standard Research Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, to support his research on federalism in the ancient Greek world. The project is geared towards the publication of an edited volume "Greek Federal States" (CUP 2013), which includes 25 contributions by some of the world's leading authorities on ancient federalism.
Professor Fronda has won a most prestigious fellowship by the Humboldt Foundation. He will use this fellowship to spend the academic year 2010-11 at Dresden University, Germany, to embark on his new research project on "The Performance of Power in Roman Italy".
Ancient History undergraduate student Michele Smith was named the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship. Graduating this spring, she will begin her studies in jurisprudence at Pembroke College, Oxford, in the fall. Congratulations, Michele!
"Classical Revolutions" is designed to bring scholars together from throughout the academic community in order to discuss issues pertaining to Classical reception. The aim is to facilitate conversation between departments and provide an informal forum to discuss texts and ideas. Inaugural lecture on 27 Oct, 1:00 pm, by Professor Gladhill: "What is a Poet? Or: Ovid and the Limits of Vatic Vision"
Classical Studies at McGill is honored to present Professor Barry Strauss (Cornell) who delivers a public lecture in the Faculty of Arts' distinguished Beatty Lecture Series. His topic is "Counterinsurgency, Genocide and Terrorism: How Modern is Ancient Warfare?". October 22, 5:00 pm, Redpath Lecture Theater. Reception to follow.
Professor Hans Beck has been awarded a distinguished Onassis Visiting Scholarship. From October 26 to 31, he will deliver a cycle of guest lectures on ancient Greek government at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
The new undergraduate curricula in Classics are in place. Among other major changes, the revised programs allow students to put more emphasis either on the ancient languages or on a the culture of the ancient Mediterranean. The new requirements are mandatory for all students who enter Classics beginning September 2009. See www.mcgill.ca/classics/teaching and contact the Classical Studies Advisor.