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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.