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Ian Morris featured in Stanford Daily

A recent story in the Stanford Daily profiles our own Ian Morris, distinguished archaeologist and historian, and discusses his recent book Why the West Rules--For Now as well as his Introduction to the Humanities course "Human History: A Global Approach." Read the full article

Faculty/grad student group awarded funding for SHC research worshop

Professors Jennifer Trimble and Grant Parker and graduate students Carolyn MacDonald, Matthew Loar and Dan-El Padilla Peralta have been awarded funding by the Stanford Humanities Center to lead a Geballe Research Workshop in 2011-2012. The workshop, entitled "Verbal and Visual Literacies of Ancient Rome," will pursue the intersections and interactions between the very different forms of evidence, both in the modern academy and in the ancient world, germane to the many fields that constitute classical scholarship (archaeology, history, philology, and philosophy). 

Stanford Classics tops National Research Council rankings

The graduate program of the Stanford Department of Classics ranks at the top of  31 Classics programs in the United States rated by the National Research Council.  In its long-awaited report released September 28, 2010

Anand Venkatkrishnan receives Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment

The Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment, inaugurated in Spring 1988, is given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students. These students deserve campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated.

The Deans' Award honors students for exceptional, tangible accomplishments in the following areas:

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World awards research scholarship to Stanford Classics alum

Lidwijde de Jong (PhD 2007) has received a coveted Visiting Research Scholarship at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York for the academic year 2010-11. De Jong is currently Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 


Eitner Lectures available on video

 The Lorenz Eitner Lectures on Classical Art and Culture are now available as full-length videos on iTunes U. See below for more information and links to the videos of the lectures, which are hosted by Stanford Classics. The videos should also be available for in-browser viewing on YouTube by mid-December. The website will soon feature a page devoted solely to these fascinating lectures by distinguished scholars.

Stanford Classics co-sponsors The Athens Dialogues conference


The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation is organizing The Athens Dialogues, a major international conference on November 24-27, 2010, on the occasion of the opening of the Onassis Cultural Center-Athens. The conference will explore the role of the Greek cultural legacy (broadly defined) in understanding and addressing contemporary global challenges.

Ian Morris's new book, "Why the West Rules--For Now" (+video)

In a book Jared Diamond has described as "three books wrapped into one: an exciting novel that happens to be true; an entertaining but thorough historical account of everything important that happened to any important people in the last ten millennia; and an educated guess about what will happen in the future," Ian Morris spans fifty thousand years of history and brings together the latest findings across disciplines—from ancient history to neuroscience—not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years.

SCIT's production of Aristophanes' "Wasps" in the spotlight

In its third annual production, Stanford Classics in Theater staged Aristophanes’ Wasps on March 3-5, dubbing the adaptation "an ancient comedy refitted for modern politics, satirizing the elitist left and Tea-Partying right." A profile of SCIT and discussion of the play can be found on the Human Experience website.

Binchester dig ramps up

Michael Shanks and fellow archaeologists from Durham University (U.K.) broke ground last summer on a promising new dig near Binchester, the site of an old Roman fort that forms part of the Hadrian's Wall complex. 


The project attracted several Stanford Classics students--both grads and undergrads--and uncovered several more artifacts and structures than had been expected in the dig's first year. Plans are already underway to bring a larger group of students as well as interested members of the public to this summer's archaeological field school at the site. For more information, please email Michael Shanks.