Monthly Archives: April 2009

RU Classics grad student Kathleen Shea wins 2009/10 appointment as Rutgers-Newark Scholar/Teacher

Kathleen Shea has been selected as a member of the second annual class of the Rutgers Scholar-Teachers at Rutgers—Newark for the academic year 2009-2010. The Scholar-Teachers program was developed to place some of the very best advanced doctoral students in the Humanities at Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus in classrooms in Newark. There are just five such positions awarded this year.

Kate’s appointment will be in Classics, which at Newark is administered by the Department of History. There over the course of the year she will teach a combination of four introductory and elective courses in the field.

After receiving her BA in Classics from the University of Oregon, Kate worked briefly in the corporate world before starting the Classics PhD program at Rutgers. Her interests lie mostly in Latin literature, especially Catullus and the erotic poetry of the Augustan age, all against the Hellenistic background. Kate’s dissertation project is on Ovid’s Amores and spectacularity in the urban fabric.

An unusually experienced and gifted teacher, Kate last year served as head Teaching Assistant for Rutgers introductory Latin, with supervisory responsibilities for five sections and over 100 students.

This past fall there appeared as a stand-alone issue of the American Journal of Ancient History an edition of the (previously unpublished) autobiography of T.R.S. Broughton (1900-1993), for which Kate served as co-editor. Plus, for two years, while continuing her studies at Rutgers, Kate served as a full time head college librarian—namely, as Librarian of the Glorious People’s Library at Deep Springs College (California).

Rutgers Classics has seen its students win a Scholar-Teacher award for each of the two years of the Program’s existence. Currently teaching at Newark as a Scholar-Teacher is Classics graduate student Liz Gloyn.

800px-rutgers-newarkCredit: Wikipedia Commons

Serena Connolly receives 2009/10 Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors at Institute for Advanced Study

Serena Connolly, who is now in her second year on the faculty of Rutgers Classics, will spend academic year 2009/10 as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Connolly has received a Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors in the School of Historical Studies at the IAS. Connolly is just one of three scholars from North America to receive this highly competitive Fellowship for next year.


Connolly’s IAS project is “Cato’s Dicta: Roman Society and the Individual”. This is the first book-length examination of the Disticha Catonis—an Imperial collection of Latin aphorisms—in their classical context.

“They were a fundamental text for medieval schoolchildren,” writes Connolly, “when they, and the name of Cato along with them, became a byword for wisdom. Translated into at least fourteen languages between the tenth and fourteenth centuries, the Dicta were not only one of the earliest texts to be printed by Caxton, but also the first Classical work in translation to be printed in North America.”

But beneath the surface—and this new analysis is Connolly’s contribution—“they offer us a rare opportunity to explore how Romans thought an individual should live in Roman society on the threshold of the ascendancy of Christianity”.

Serena Connolly is a graduate of Cambridge (BA 1998) and Yale (PhD 2004), where she taught for three years before coming to Rutgers Classics in 2007. She currently serves as the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

In 2009 Connolly will see the publication of her first book, Lives behind the Laws: the World of the Codex Hermogenianus (Indiana University Press). In this she explores the social, political and legal significance of the system of petition and response.

Next month Connolly appears at the Association of Ancient Historians’ Annual Meeting in Vancouver BC (14-16 May) , speaking on “Trouble and Strife in Roman Marriage”.

fuldhall2Fuld Hall at the IAS in 1947. Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/LIFE