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!