Monthly Archives: November 2010

Rutgers Classics at CAAS 2010 Annual Meeting

Once again, Rutgers Classics put on a good show for the 2010 annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, 7th-9th October, held at the scenic Hilton Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Not only was there a strong turn-out of Rutgers classicists attending the meeting, but plenty of well-known RU faces appeared on the program as well. Katherine Wasdin, Visiting Assistant Professor, spoke on “Jason and Medea in Lucan’s Bellum Civile”; Lisa Whitlatch, a Rutgers Classics PhD candidate, spoke on “Altera Templa: Ovid’s Strategic Topography in Tristia 3.1”; and Katheryn Whitcomb, a graduate student making her first formal conference appearance, discussed the question “Alcaeus’ Fragment 34a: Religious Hymn or Metaphor for Self?” In an unusual twist to the normal program, Liz Gloyn, another Rutgers Classics PhD candidate, showed off her other accomplishments during ‘A Musical Evening in Honour of David Porter’ with a selection of songs with classical themes.

RU alumnae and friends were also in attendance. Marice Rose (Fairfield University), who completed her PhD in art history at Rutgers, spoke on classical reception in the architecture of Caesars Palace (apostrophe deliberately omitted) in Atlantic City. What’s more, Sarolta Takács, once Professor of Classics at Rutgers and now Dean of the Sage College of Albany, was elected as CAAS President during the business meeting of the Association in its Saturday session.

The annual meeting was, as ever, a wonderful opportunity to get together with colleagues from the region, hear exciting new research, and spend time with others who are passionate about the classics. Roll on 2011!

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Rutgers Classics Down Under: a travelogue

From April 5th-April 12th 2010, Lisa Whitlatch, PhD Candidate, headed down to Sydney, Australia, for the conference “Genre in the Ancient World.”  She was happy to trade the unpredictable New Jersey weather for sunny Sydney, and reports back on the environment of the conference and Sydney–

Lisa Whitlatch at the Chinese Gardens in Sydney

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Love and Strife at Rutgers Day 2010

Rutgers Classics has done it again. In the midst of a hugely successful second edition of “Rutgers Day,” drawing crowds from all over the Garden State — no fewer than 75,000 people this year —the Classics department at Rutgers followed in the footsteps of the big splash made by last spring’s Greek and Roman Fashion Show.

On April 24, under clear blue skies and a blazing sun, students (and even some faculty!) from Rutgers’ Classics department took central stage on College Avenue’s Brower Commons, offering the crowds a fully-costumed, classically-themed show. Continue reading