Where? New Orleans. When? 5-8 January 2023. It’s the SCS/AIA 2023 annual meeting, & RU Classics has landed

Image: The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The work depicts 100 influential New Orleans musicians.

“I been in the right place”, as a famous New Orleanian once sang on a classic disk released precisely 50 years ago this year, “But it must have been the wrong time”.

Well, if you’re attending the 2023 joint annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies / Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans—or even participating virtually—you are very much in the right place at the right time.

A list of highlights from the full program of the SCS or AIA—the associations’ first-ever hybrid conference—would be invidious.

But since this is rutgersclassics.com, we can flex that fully five of our current Classics PhD students are delivering papers (all in person, as it happens), as well as more than a dozen faculty, former faculty and alums of our department. Here’s a basic roster to make sure you don’t miss a beat…

Friday 6 January        

First Paper Session Paper Session / Session Block (8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) 

SCS-6: Conforming, Reforming, Trans*forming: Interrogating the Intersections of Trans Studies and Classics: Evan Jewell, Rutgers University – Camden (faculty) / American Academy in Rome Transphobia and the trans* man in the tribas. ROOM: Celestin H

SCS-8: Roman Comedy and Invective: Victoria Hodges, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) The Meretrician Satirist and the Elegiac Procuress: The Mercenary Body in Juvenal’s Seventh Satire. ROOM: Strand 13B

Second Paper Session / Session Block (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)        

SCS-18: Flavian Epic: Maya Chakravorty, Boston University (former RU Classics graduate student) Tumens Atavis: Republican Kinship and Virtue in Silius Italicus’ Punica 4. ROOM: Strand 12A

AIA-2A: Archaeologists Of  West And South Asia Respond To David Graeber And David Wengrow’s The Dawn Of Everything: A New History Of Humanity (2021) – Questions Of Method, Theory, And Historiography (Colloquium Session). Sponsored by Near Eastern Archaeology Interest Group: ORGANIZER(S): Omur Harmansah, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Trinidad Rico, Rutgers University (Art History faculty). ROOM: Celestine Ballroom B

Third Paper Session / Session Block (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 

SCS-26: The Power of Objects: Katharine S. Stevens, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) Rock beats plants: Magnetic magic in the Orphic Lithika. ROOM: Strand 13A

AIA-3C: Current Trends In Archive Archaeology (Colloquium Session): Andrea De Giorgi, Florida State University (former RU Classics lecturer) Old Digs, Unfinished Business, and New Data. The Committee for the Investigation of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (CIAO). ROOM: Strand 7

Detail from left panel of “The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

Saturday 7 January

SCS-28:Workshop (8:30AM-12:30PM). Ancient MakerSpaces. Joint AIA/SCS Session with sponsorship from the Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication and the Art Libraries Society of North America: Chiara Palladino and David J. Wright, Furman University (Rutgers Classics PhD’18) Ugarit: A Translation Alignment Editor for Historical Languages. ROOM: Celestin F

Fourth Paper Session / Session Block (8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)         

SCS-32: Green Vergil: Nature and the Environment in Vergil and the Vergilian Tradition: Leah Kronenberg, Boston University (former Rutgers Classics faculty) Respondent. ROOM: Bolden 6

SCS-34: Greek Historical Narratives: Andrew Scott, Villanova University (Rutgers Classics PhD’08), Presiding. ROOM: Strand 1        

AIA-4D: Recognizing Cross-Cultural Interactions In Central And Southern Italy Between The 5th And 3rd Century BCE (Colloquium Session).  ORGANIZER(S): Keely Heuer, SUNY New Paltz, and Bice Peruzzi, Rutgers University (Classics faculty). ROOM: Celestine Ballroom D         

Fifth Paper Session / Session Block (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

SCS-42: Roman History II: Katheryn Whitcomb, Howard University (Rutgers Classics PhD’16) Herod, Agrippa, and Power Dynamics in the East. VIRTUAL SESSION.

AIA 5C: Archaeologists Of West And South Asia Respond To David Graeber And David Wengrow’s The Dawn Of Everything: A New History Of Humanity (2021) – Questions From The Field (Colloquium Session). ORGANIZER(S): Omur Harmansah, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Trinidad Rico, Rutgers University (Art History faculty). ROOM: Celestine Ballroom B

Sixth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)  

SCS-48: Roman Drama and Critical Theory: Robert Santucci, University of Michigan (Rutgers BA’09), Kristeva’s Abject and the Future of the Cena Thyestea. ROOM: Strand 12A

Central panel of “The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

Sunday 8 January       

Seventh Paper Session / Session Block (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)        

SCS-57: Phusis Kai Phuta: Thinking with and about Plants in Greek Literature & Philosophy: Leon Wash, Colgate University (Rutgers BA’07) Empedocles’ Definition of Wine. ROOM: Strand 13A

SCS-60: Greek Language: Tobias Robert Philip, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) The Last Trumpet: Dionysiac Allusion in the Salpinx of 1 Corinthians15.52. ROOM: Strand 1

SCS-63: Women and the Ancient Economy: Past, Present, and Future: Selena Ross, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) Working Inside the Outdoors: Domestic Labor and the Role of Women in Roman Animal Husbandry. ROOM: Strand 12B

AIA-7F: New Research On Roman And Late Antique Living Spaces : Candace M. Rice, Brown University, Giulia Bellato, Trinity College, University of Cambridge/Università degli Studi di Torino, Dylan Bloy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Gary D. Farney, Rutgers University, Newark (History faculty), Tyler V. Franconi, Brown University, Andrew McLean, University of Edinburgh, Lucia Michielin, University of Edinburgh, and James Page, University of Edinburgh   The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project: the 2022 Excavation Season at the Roman Villa of Vacone. ROOM: Celestine Ballroom D

Eighth Paper Session (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)          

SCS-65: Making Space for Translation: Kristina Chew, Rutgers University (Classics faculty)  The Small Space of Translation. EOOM: Strand 13A

Ninth Paper Session (2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 

SCS-79: Greek History: Luke Madson, Rutgers University (Classics PhD candidate) Xenia, Proxenia, Diplomacy, and Laconism in Classical Athens. ROOM: Foster 1

Detail from right panel of “The Roux” (2002), large installation by New Orleans-based artist Richard C. Thomas (born 1953) in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).

RU in? It’s going to get real at the virtual 2021 CAAS annual meeting (15-16 October)

View of New Brunswick NJ in 1880

OK, it was supposed to be held in historic downtown New Brunswick NJ, at the stylish Heldrich Hotel. But a world public health crisis continues to intervene. And so the 2021 annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States takes place online, with a compelling series of panels, papers, workshops and special events launched into cyberspace over Friday and Saturday 15-16 October.

Highlights abound. Chief among them (Friday 15 Oct 6pm) is the 2021 Jerry Clack Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Donald Lateiner, John R. Wright Professor of Greek, Emeritus, at Ohio Wesleyan University. His topic? “Epizêlos’ Tale: The Phantom Killer at the Battle of Marathon (Herodotos Histories 6.117)”. The paper treats Hellenic battle-trauma, visions, deceptions—and Herodotos’ sometimes tricky literary tactics in relating these eerie experiences.

Plus let’s not forget CAAS ovationes for Lillian Doherty (Maryland) and New Brunswick’s own Ann Kiernan, Esq. (JD 1981), as well as the presentation of the 2021 Barbara F. McManus Leadership Award to Maria S. Marsilio (St Joseph’s Univ.).

And did we mention how large Rutgers Classics looms in the program? A rough and ready count shows about a dozen and half members of the RU Classics community—current graduate students, alums, present and past faculty—performing during the annual meeting, in one capacity or another. Here’s a full roster…

FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER 2021

Paper Session A (800-1000am): Latin Philology: Language and Them. Karen Klaiber Hersch (PhD 2002, now Temple) and Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, presiding

“Fishfood in Plautus’ Rudens“, Robert Santucci (BA 2009), University of Michigan

Paper Session B: Greek and Roman History: New Perspectives. Gareth Williams and Aaron Hershkowitz (PhD 2018, now IAS), presiding

“Pompeius Trogus’ Rejection of Rome: Writing Aeneas out of Dido’s Suicide”, Katheryn Whitcomb (PhD 2016, now Haverford College)

Paper Session C (1030am -100pm): Homeric Encounters

“Hephaistos the Innovator: Interpreting the Shield of Achilles as a Proto-Hoplon”, John Griffin (MA 2021, now Horace Mann School)

“Murderers on the Run: Achilles, Telemachus, and a Literalized Homeric Simile”, Brian Hill (PhD 2019, now The Lawrenceville School)

Paper Session D (1030am -100pm): Re-thinking Augustan and Imperial Latin Literature

“Vergilian Tmesis and the ‘Semi-Bucolic Diaeresis'”, Thomas Gosart (BA 2020, now University of Pennsylvania)

Ovationes (115-215pm) for Lillian Doherty, University of Maryland, College Park, read by Katherine Wasdin (former RU Classics faculty, now Maryland); and for Ann Kiernan, Esq., read by Henry V. Bender (PhD 1987, now St Joseph’s University)

Paper Session E (230-500 pm): Material Perspectives on Culture and Society, Henry V. Bender (PhD 1987) and Stephen Ogumah, presiding

Paper Session F (230-500pm): Gender and Genre

“Structurally Feminine: An Elegiac Motif in Agathias’ Cycle”, Victoria Hodges, PhD candidate, Rutgers University

Jerry Clack Memorial Lecture (600-730pm) Donald Lateiner, John R. Wright Professor of Greek, Emeritus, Ohio Wesleyan University: “Epizêlos’ Tale: The Phantom Killer at the Battle of Marathon (Herodotos Histories 6.117)”. Introduction: T. Corey Brennan (current faculty, Rutgers University) and Clack Lectureship Committee Chair: Sulochana Asirvatham, Montclair State University

SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2021

Workshop (800-1000am): CAAS Anti-Racism Committee, organizers David J. Wright (PhD 2018, now Furman University) and Arti Mehta, presiders. Wright is also a co-presenter (with Mike Likier, PhD [Racial Justice Consulting], Danielle Perry [University of Pennsylvania], and Arti Mehta [Howard University]) in the Workshop’s focus, “Who Benefits from Diversity Policies?”

Paper Session G (800-1000am): Speech and Writing in Greek and Roman Texts, Scott Barnard (PhD 2017, now The Lawrenceville School) and Lyndy Danvers (PhD 2017, now Princeton High School), presiding

Barbara Vota: Communications and Speech Acts in Tacitus’ Account of the Batavian Revolt”, Sasha Barish, MA candidate, Rutgers University

Panel 1 (10:30 am-1:00 pm): Undergraduate Research Session, co-sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi

“Virgil: A Second Laocoön”, Victor Park, The Lawrenceville School. Mentors: Scott Barnard (PhD 2017) and Brian Hill (PhD 2019)

Paper Session J (230-430pm): Historiography, Lawrence Kowerski (PhD 2003, now Hunter College) and Leah Himmelhoch, presiding

“Inopportune Virtue: Tacitus’ Unique Sympathy for Galba”, Tobias Philip, PhD candidate, Rutgers University

The Chicago 2021 AIA/SCS Annual Meetings will be virtual. But prepare for a vortex of great RU Classics presentations

Credit: Hank Cain via Shawn Reynolds

It’s been seven years since the frostiest joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies and Archaeological Institute of America in recent memory—January 2014 in Chicago Illinois. An indescribably chilling air mass—technically known as a “polar vortex”—hit the city full force, and set records for the coldest temperatures recorded in two decades. Toward the end of the conference, thermometers never rose aboard zero Fahrenheit—for 37 straight hours. Temperatures eventually dipped to -16 F, with a wind chill of -42 F. Flights were cancelled left and right. Rental cars seemed scarcer than fragments of Corinna’s poetry. Conference participants asked why their professional associations just didn’t call it a day, and book all subsequent meetings in San Diego.

Welcome to the AIA/SCS 2021, which poses different challenges—in this case, thanks to the global public health crisis.  The 2021 joint Annual Meeting was originally scheduled to take place 7-10 January in Chicago. But the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the gathering into a completely virtual academic conference.

“The event will be held over a slightly longer time frame,”, explains the Society for Classical Studies on the official registration page, “Tuesday, January 5th through Sunday, January 10th, so that there are fewer conflicts with concurrently scheduled events and to avoid ZOOM fatigue.” Here’s the good news. “The virtual event will still feature the many academic paper sessions, workshops, colloquia, roundtables, and other events that are part of our in-person meeting. ” Plus there will be creative ways—formal and informal—to echo some of what the SCS describes as “the important social aspect that allows attendees to connect with their colleagues each year.” 

The full program of academic sessions, meetings, and events is available online here for the SCS and here for the AIA. As so often, Rutgers students, alums, faculty and past faculty are all over the schedule. Here is a finding list for your convenience.

Tuesday, January 5: SCS Second Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

SCS-9: Law and Society in Late Antiquity: Serena Connolly (Rutgers Classics faculty) presides

SCS-14 = AIA 2A: On Being Calmly Wrong: Learning from Teaching Mistakes (Joint AIA/SCS Colloquium).

RYAN FOWLER (Rutgers Classics PhD ’08, now faculty, Franklin & Marshall College), “Adjusting Assumptions and Reevaluating Opportunities for Students”

Wednesday, January 6: AIA Session Block 3 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

AIA 3G: Investigating Heritage and the Politics of Display in Museums and Public Spaces

Elizabeth S. Greene (former Rutgers Classics faculty, now Brock University) panelist

Wednesday, January 6: AIA Session Block 4 (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

4A: Household Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean

John Bodel (former Rutgers Classics faculty, now Brown University) discussant

4D: Examining the Context of Monuments, Monumentality, and Counter-monuments

Elizabeth S. Greene (former Rutgers Classics faculty, now Brock University) panelist

Thursday, January 7: SCS Fifth Paper Session (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

SCS-30: Philosophical Thought and Language 

Leon Wash (Rutgers BA’07, now PhD candidate, University of Chicago), “On Nietzsche’s “Philology as Ephexis in Interpretation”

Thursday, January 7: SCS Sixth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

SCS-41: Learning the Rules: Games and Education in the Ancient World, co-organized by Del Chrol (Rutgers BA’95, now faculty, Marshall University); he also presents on “Check Your Mate: Ovid, the Game of Love, and Learning to be a Man”

Friday, January 8: SCS Seventh Paper Session (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

SCS-45: Myth and History

LUKE MADSON (PhD candidate, Rutgers Classics) “οὐ κατ᾽ ἀνδραγαυίην σχὼν ἀλλὰ κατὰ γένος: Spartan Kingship, Generational Power, and the Agōgē”

SCS-48: Emotions and the Body in Greco-Roman Medicine 

MOLLY MATA (PhD candidate, Rutgers Classics), “Using Literary Eremetic Space to Prevent Emotional Distress in Galen’s De Indolentia

Friday, January 8: SCS Eighth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

SCS-52: COVID-19 and the Future of Classics Graduate Study 

Alicia Matz (Rutgers Classics MA’17, now PhD candidate, Boston University), “More than Brains in Jars: A Graduate Perspective on the Future of Classics Graduate Studies”

Saturday, January 9: SCS Ninth Paper Session (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

SCS-57 = AIA 9A: Ancient MakerSpaces (Joint AIA/SCS Workshop), co-organized by AARON HERSHKOWITZ, Rutgers PhD’18, now staff, The Institute for Advanced Study, also presenting on “Digital Epigraphy for the Blind”

Molly Kuchler (Rutgers BA’18, now PhD candidate, Bryn Mawr College), “Mapping Victory Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”

Saturday, January 9: SCS Tenth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

SCS-64: Ovid 

Alicia Matz (Rutgers Classics MA’17, now PhD candidate, Boston University), “Re-presenting Woman: Pandora in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

SCS-69 = AIA 10A: Between Myth and Materiality: The Origins of Rome, 800 – 500 BCE (Joint AIA/SCS Colloquium), co-organized by T. Corey Brennan (Rutgers Classics faculty), also presenting on “The Etruscan Spectacle of Fasces in Regal Rome: Some Unnoticed Implications”

Sunday, January 10: SCS Twelfth Paper Session (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

SCS-79: Republican Latin Poetry: Leah Kronenberg (former Rutgers Classics faculty, now Boston University) presides

SCS-82: The Ancient Novel and Material Culture 

VICTORIA HODGES (PhD candidate, Rutgers Classics), “The Mulier Equitans: Erotic Display in Apuleius’ Metamorphosesand Roman Wall Painting”

Credit: Aaron Firestein

It’s the 2020 SCS/AIA annual meeting. RU ready for these Rutgers Classics-related presentations?

It’s that season of the year again —for the 151st time, the annual gathering of the Society for Classical Studies, held jointly with that of the Archaeological Institute of America. This year it’s in Washington DC, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel (901 Massachusetts Ave NW), from Thursday 2 January through Sunday 5 January.

You can see the full programs of the SCS and AIA meetings here and here. And to make things easier, below we’ve listed all the presenters—with times, places, paper titles—who have a connection, of one sort or another, with Rutgers Classics….

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Silver Spring MD, 10-12 October: It’s the 2019 CAAS Annual Meeting, and RU Classics will most definitely be present

The Sheraton Silver Springs—site of CAAS 2019—from back in the day

In 1842, Washington Globe newspaper editor Francis Preston Blair and his daughter Elizabeth Blair came upon a “mica-flecked” spring just north of the District of Columbia line. They fell in love with the property, so much so that Blair Sr. bought it up, together with a large swath of the land that surrounded it, and there built a large summer home which he called “Silver Spring“. The Blair family’s primary residence would remain the famous Blair House in DC—now part of the complex that forms the US President’s guest house.

Alas, the summer home is gone and the mica stream is nowhere to be seen. However, a bit of the original Blair property can be glimpsed at Acorn Urban Park, a tiny (0.1247-acre) green space in south Silver Spring, that features a 19th-century acorn-shaped gazebo (believed to be from Blair’s property) and an artificial grotto to boot.

Silver Spring’s Acorn Urban Park is close to the site of the original “mica-flecked” spring that got it all started

About three-quarters of a mile due north of Acorn Park is the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel on Georgia Avenue—site of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States 2019 Annual Meeting that takes place 10-12 October. There’s too much going on to list all the highlights (see the full program at this link), but here’s a handy list of the Rutgers-related presentations… Continue reading

Looking back at RU grad student-organized international conference ‘Food & Drink in the Ancient World’ (31 May-1 June 2019)

It went by in almost the blink of an eye—or so it seemed. Over the course of two days marked by gloriously warm late spring weather, the Cook / Douglass campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick hosted “Food and Drink in the Ancient World” (Friday 31 May-Saturday 1 June 2019).

It’s not often that one wants an academic gathering to extend well beyond its schedule, but for many participants, this was such a case. The topics presented here certainly were rich enough to provide discussion for many further days, if not weeks. And then there was the actual food and drink…

This Rutgers international conference (Twitter hashtag = #RUFoodDrink) featured 17 speakers, including presenters from Israel, France, Germany and the UK. Registration pretty much met capacity, and it was hard to spot spare empty chairs during the keynote (by Dr Kristina Killgrove) and five paper sessions. Conference-wide communal meals highlighted the cuisine of Greece, Italy, and—in a bold experimental gesture—ancient Rome. And it was all exquisitely organized by two Rutgers Classics PhD candidates, Emmanuel Aprilakis and Nicole Nowbahar.

An Italian-themed lunch featured on Day 2 of the conference, in the stunning atrium of the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health. Day 1 focused on the cuisine of Greece, and was spectacularly catered by Pithari Taverna (Highland Park NJ)

Co-sponsors were many: the Rutgers departments of ClassicsArt History, and Italian, its Center for European Studies, and especially the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (= SEBS), which provided major support.  The Classical Association of the Atlantic States helped fund the proceedings with a generous Leadership Initiative Grant. Douglass Residential College generously provided its cheery Trayes Hall for the first day of papers, and SEBS its striking new NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health for the second, which closed with the “ancient” Roman feast.

Crucial support for the conference was offered by Classics chair James McGlew; Dr Robert M. Goodman, executive dean of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and executive director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station; and also Dr Lia Papathomas, Director of Operations of the NJ-based team for the innovative New Agriculture for a New Generation Program.

A glimpse of some elements of the recreated ancient Roman feast offered to conference participants after the Saturday paper sessions

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RU Classics recap of graduates’ degrees, honors and glory: 2019 edition

Professor Emily Allen-Hornblower, Classics Undergraduate Director, enters HighPoint.com Stadium at the start of the Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences convocation, preceded by Classics Administrator Tandria Cooper (with placard)

This past Sunday (19 May), Rutgers’ HighPoint.com Stadium was the sun-drenched venue for the University’s 253rd commencement exercises. Fully 18,825 candidates received undergraduate or graduate degrees, making the Class of 2019 the University’s largest ever.

Ten of the 12,187 baccalaureate degree recipients majored in Classics: Kathleen M. Carmien (double major with English), Max J. Duboff (with Philosophy), Emily V. Ezzo (with English), Khaleel-Allen Jackson, Olivia Lombardo (with Political Science), Ivan Maiorov (with an additional minor in Greek), Matthew R. Martin (with History), Emmet A. O’Brien (with History), Margarita Osmanoff, and Joseph V. Santoro (with Economics).

Plus Kathleen Carmien, Max Duboff, and Emily Ezzo received Honors for their work in the Classics major.

The oceanic crowd of Rutgers graduates in HighPoint.com Stadium, as seen from the camera of Professor Emily Allen-Hornblower (at right)

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Food & Drink in the Ancient World (31 May-1 June 2019): Register now for this RU graduate student-organized conference

The Cook / Douglass campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick will be the location for “Food and Drink in the Ancient World” (Friday 31 May-Saturday 1 June), an international conference organized by Rutgers Classics graduate students Emmanuel Aprilakis and Nicole Nowbahar, with the co-sponsorship of the Rutgers departments of Classics, Art History, and Italian, its Center for European Studies, and especially the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (which has provided major support). The Classical Association of the Atlantic States also has helped fund the proceedings with a generous Leadership Initiative Grant.

If you are interested in attending, please register here. (Best by 27 May.) And check out the full exciting program below!

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Whiting Foundation awards prof Emily Allen-Hornblower a 2019/20 Public Engagement Seed Grant

Professor Emily Allen-Hornblower, Rutgers Department of Classics

The Whiting Foundation has awarded Emily Allen-Hornblower, associate professor of Classics at Rutgers-New Brunswick, one of its five Public Engagement Seed Grants for 2019-20 for a series of communal conversations, “The Public Face of Emotions: Public Engagement and the Emotions in Our Lives”.

The project aims to engage the public in discussions of ancient Greek tragedy and epic with formerly incarcerated men and women—mainly Allen-Hornblower’s former students from her teaching in NJ prisons—as an opportunity for the building of civic bridges.

The Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grants are part of the foundation’s larger Public Engagement Programs, initiated in 2016 “to celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation”.

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Nicole Nowbahar is RU Classics’ 2018/9 Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome

RU Classics PhD candidate Nicole Nowbahar in front of the Constitution of the Roman Republic of 1849 [inscribed 2011], overlooking the city from the Passeggiata del Gianicolo.

Nicole (Nykki) Nowbahar is in her fifth year in the Rutgers Classics PhD program, completing her dissertation on transgressive dress practices by Roman women, and currently representing Rutgers as our department’s fourth annual Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Nicole came to Rutgers in 2014 from the Macaulay Honors College of Queens College / CUNY, where she double majored in Classics and English and participated in the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. We asked Nicole while still in Rome to write up some of her impressions of her time at the Academy.

The American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship has been such an amazing experience and crucial to my dissertation work. My dissertation is focused on both the ideal and transgressive clothing of Roman women. I look specifically at literary examples of cross-dressing women, who wear armor or men’s clothing for different purposes. Before discussing these instances of women wearing transgressive clothing, my first three chapters examine the ideal dress of women in literature and material culture.

During this fellowship, my mission has been to look at as many as I can of ancient sculptures, frescoes, and other ancient works depicting the clothed female body. By understanding how Romans visually depicted the ideal clothed woman, I will be able to understand the nuances and significance of dress that does not fit this ideal standard.

Statue of Aphrodite in Rome’s Centrale Montemartini Museum.

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