RU Classics gears up for January 2009 APA/AIA joint Annual Meetings in Philadelphia


The genius of LIFE photographer Gjon Mili; this and roughly 2,000,000 other LIFE archive images now available for free viewing thanks to a new partnership between Google and

RU ready for this? In just under a month (8-11 January 2009) Philadelphia will host the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association (APA). For the 110th time, the meeting will be held jointly with that of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel (1201 Market Street) is the headquarters hotel for the joint conferences. Pretty much everything takes place there: the Convention Registration, the exhibits, all AIA and APA paper sessions, the Placement Service, all placement interviews, and most committee meetings, special events, and receptions.

As always, Rutgers Classics will be fully in the house. All of our teaching faculty (Emily Allen, Corey Brennan, Serena Connolly, Thomas Figueira, Matt Fox, Leah Kronenberg, Tim Power) plus most of our graduate students and also some undergraduates are slated to attend. Here’s a punchlist of presentations by faculty, students and alumni/ae at the APA sessions (AIA listings to follow):


8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M SECTION 1 The Veterans’ Story: Interviewers on Interviewing
Paper #4. Lawrence Kowerski (Rutgers Classics PhD 2003, now associate professor, Hunter College). “The Insider: Going from Visiting to Tenure-Track Positions”

safariscreensnapz008More from Gjon Mili and the LIFE archives; about the best photo of CIL VI 11595=34044 that one is likely to see


8:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. SECTION 2 Greek Law
Paper #1. David Mirhady (Rutgers Classics PhD 1992, now associate professor, Simon Fraser University). “Democratic Rituals: Jury Selection in Athens”

1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. SECTION 18 New Approaches to the Political & Military History of the Greek, Roman, and Late Roman Worlds. Sponsored by the APA Committee on Ancient History
Paper #1. Thomas J. Figueira (Rutgers Classics Professor II) “Recent Studies on the Structure and Institutions of the Greek polis”
Respondent to Papers #3 (M.T. Boatwright) and #4 (N. Rosenstein). T. Corey Brennan (Rutgers Classics associate professor)

safariscreensnapz011Through the first half of 1966 LIFE published a multi-part photo spread on ancient Roman culture; the Gjon Mili photos seen here were meant for the 4 March and 3 June issues.


1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. SECTION 38 The Etruscan Objects Speak: New Linguistic and Socio-Historical Approaches to Etruscan Epigraphy. Joint APA/AIA Session.
Paper #5. Gary Farney (Rutgers-Newark associate professor of History). “Lucumo to Lucius: Etruscans with Both Etruscan and Latin Names on Bilingual Inscriptions from Etruria”

1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. SECTION 40 The Vergilian Tradition. Sponsored by the Vergilian Society.
Paper #2. Karen Klaiber Hersch (Rutgers Classics PhD 2002, now assistant professor, Temple University). “An Unknown Epithalamic Link? Apollonius, Vergil, and Statius”

safariscreensnapz009Funerary relief from sarcophagus at Rome, photographed by Mili in 1965; a glimpse of the breadth of the LIFE archive holdings in Roman culture can be seen here


11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. SECTION 49 Thucydides.
Paper #4. Sean Jensen (Rutgers Classics graduate student/Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens) . “The Milesian Sub-Hegemony”

11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. SECTION 50 Roman Religion
Paper #2. Benjamin Hicks (Rutgers Classics graduate student). “Evocatio Imagery in Tacitus’ Histories 4.83-84 ”

1:45 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. SECTION 58 The Soul and Its Afterlife. Sponsored by the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies.
John Finamore (Rutgers Classics PhD 1983, now Professor and Chair, Iowa). Co-organizer.

[You didn’t mention that there will be an off-premises Rutgers party-Ed.]

patsgooglemapGenius of a different sort: Pat’s Steaks at 9th and Wharton in South Philly, seen via Google Maps Street View.

2 responses to “RU Classics gears up for January 2009 APA/AIA joint Annual Meetings in Philadelphia

  1. Rachael B. Goldman

    Congrats to all! I look forward to seeing everyone. Where will the RU scarlet party take place?

  2. Pingback: R time in Philadelphia: Rutgers Classics faculty, students, alums enliven 2009 APA/AIA Annual Meetings «

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