It was the only party at the 2009 Meetings of the American Philological Association/American Institute of Archaeology with a barcoded invite.
And for good reason.
It all went down on Philly’s tiny Drury Street, where almost 100 faculty, past faculty, students, alums, and friends of the Rutgers Classics Department managed to cram into both levels of the legendary McGillin’s, Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating public house (est. 1860). [How did that place manage to stay open from 1920-1933? Ed.]
The indisputable highlight? That came close to midnight on Thursday 8 January 2009, when Classics visiting assistant professor Matt Fox (performing under the pseudonym “Matt Foxx”) rocked the house with the Dylan songbook.
Illinois @Urbana-Champaign massively in the house for Matt Fox at the RU Classics party
But the next morning it was down to even more serious business for Rutgers Classics, for the start of three days of conference talks and responses. You can see a full list here.
Next year? The 2010 APA/AIA locale is Anaheim California…perhaps a Matt Fox show at the NHL Ducks’ Honda Center.
From top: Greg Golden (PhD 2008) and (RU-N History) Gary Farney; Nathaniel Broughton, Margaret Broughton Tenney, Alan and Laurie Broughton; 7.5% of the Yale Classics Department, recent past and present; and Claude Eilers (McMaster, facing camera), with RU friends on McGillin’s stairs
From top: Andrew Scott (PhD 2008, now Hendrix College) and grad student Kate Shea at the Friday 9 Jan presentation of the published TRS Broughton autobiography, which they co-edited with Ryan Fowler (PhD 2008, now Grinnell College), Alan Broughton, and TC Brennan; Michael Johnson (PhD 2008, now Davidson College); grad students R. Loer and L. Danvers; SRO crowd at start of Thomas Figueira talk for Friends of Ancient History panel