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Jacob Kovacs-Goodman wins Stanford Storytelling Project's 2011 Fall Contest

 The winners of the Stanford Storytelling Project's 2011 Fall Contest, Jacob Kovacs-Goodman, Jennifer Schaffer and Molly Kieran, receive their awards. The theme for this contest was "What I Should Have Said." (Photo Courtesy of Alex Scully)

Michelle Jia wins Introductory Seminar Excellence Award for 2012-2013

The department congratulates Michelle Jia (Class of 2016) for her excellent oration project during Prof Christopher Krebs' Spring 2013 course, "Eloquence Personified: How to Speak Like Cicero". This course was an introduction to Roman rhetoric, Cicero's Rome, and the active practice of speaking well. Participants read a short rhetorical treatise by Cicero, analyzed one of his speeches as well as more recent ones by, e.g., Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Obama, and watched their oratorical performances.  Then students practiced rhetoric, prepared and delivered in class two (short) speeches, and wrote an essay.  Jia's performance was not only notable within her class, but is recognized by the University for her superb work through the Introductory Seminar Excellence Award.

2013 National Latin Exam Scholarship Winners

The Department of Classics congratulates Stanford freshmen Josh Lappen, Clark Pang, Hali Mo, and Thu-An Pham on their excellent Latin skills, winning them the 2013 National Latin Exam Scholarship!

For more information about the National Latin Exam, click here.

David Rosenthal wins Winkler Prize

Senior David Rosenthal has been awarded the John J. Winkler Memorial Prize for his essay, "Androgyny as Liminality: Achilles’ Gender Crossing in the Iliad." The Winkler Prize is awarded annually to the best essays  by undergraduate and graduate students from across North America.

Jonathan Martin drafted by Miami Dolphins

Senior Classics major Jonathan Martin (ancient history track), starting left tackle for the Stanford Cardinal, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Nick Gardner wins Hoefer Prize

Stanford's Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing has been awarded to senior Nick Gardner for his essay, "Immediately Homer's Divinities," written in Jennifer Trimble's ClassGen 176 (Majors Seminar) in winter 2012.

UG alum Marden Nichols joins Walters Art Museum

Marden Nichols (BA Classics/MA Humanities, 2004) has joined the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD as Assistant Curator of Ancient Art. After graduating from Stanford, Nichols pursued graduate work in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where she completed an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums (2005) and a PhD in Classics (2009). 

Emily Fletcher joins Philosophy faculty at U. Wisconsin

Emily Fletcher (BA with honors, 2006) will join the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in fall 2012. After graduating from Stanford, Emily got her PhD in Classics and Ancient Philosophy at the University of Toronto. 

Classics major Jacob Kovacs-Goodman wins storytelling award

Junior Classics major Jacob Kovacs-Goodman has received an award from the 2011 Fall Contest held by the Stanford Storytelling Project. Read more about it at the Stanford Daily

Kimberly Rosenblum headed to USC

Kimberly Rosenblum, who graduated with a BA in the Ancient History track in 2011, begins law school at the University of Southern California in fall 2011.

Eleri Cousins entering PhD program at St. John's college, Cambridge U.

Eleri Cousins (BA in Classics and Archaeology, 2009), received her MPhil at Cambridge University with Distinction and will join the PhD program in St. John's College there this fall. Her research currently focuses on ritual in the communities of Roman Britain.

David Rosenthal awarded Hoefer Prize

Junior David Rosenthal has been awarded the distinguished Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing for his essay, “Androgyny as Liminality: a Psychoanalytic Reading of Achilles’ Gender in the Iliad,” written in Maud Gleason’s major's seminar. 

Eric Garret accepted to ICCS

Eric Garret has been accepted to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies ("the Centro") and will spend the fall in Rome, funded in part by Stanford Classics. 

Victor Haug accepted to Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute

Victor Haug was just accepted to the Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute on Economics and the Human Good, which will take place under the auspices of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business from July 31 to August 10. 

Alumnus Ross Perlin's book on internships

Alumnus Ross Perlin (BA, 2005) has just published Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy (Verso), billed as "the first no-holds-barred exposé of the exploitative and divisive world of internships." He also penned op-ed articles on the subject in the Guardian in February and the New York Times in April. Meanwhile, his eccentric Yiddish reportage on Chinese culture and dying languages may be enjoyed in videos like this one and this one.


Alumna Bianca Carpeneti named 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Bianca Carpeneti (Classics BA, 2010) has been named a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholars. The scholarship program, which was established in 2000, was funded by a $210 million donation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarships enable exemplary students from outside the United Kingdom who have a strong interest in social leadership and responsibility to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.  See Stanford News for more info.