Monthly Archives: December 2012

Celebrating Henry V. Bender (Rutgers PhD 1987), a legendary teacher of the ancient world

GraphicConverterScreenSnapz001Dr Henry V. Bender, with some of the Lincolniana he rescued from oblivion, in the John M. Levis 2d Memorial Room of the Ryan Library, The Hill School

It still seems incredible, to anyone who knows—or has even heard of—Henry V. Bender (Rutgers Classics PhD 1987). In June 2012 Henry Bender retired from full-time teaching at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, after a career of  teaching, scholarship and service that defies hyperbole. This milestone, and the fact that 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Henry’s doctorate at Rutgers, make it practically obligatory for us here at Rutgers to reflect on Henry Bender’s more than four decades in the Classics field.

What follows below is an attempt to capture at least some facets of Henry Bender’s long and storied career, with contributions by colleagues such as Judith Hallett (Professor of Classics, University of Maryland-College Park), Patrick G. Lake (Instructor of Classics, Hill School), and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway (Rhys Carpenter Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology emerita, Bryn Mawr College). In the digital medium there is no limit on space, so your contributions are welcome here too.

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It’s the 2013 APA/AIA Annual Meetings in Seattle—and RU Classics will be in effect


The 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Philological Association (APA) and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) will be held in the heart of Seattle on Thursday through Sunday, 3-6 January 2013. The venue?  Actually, there are two, conveniently situated next to each other: the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

This will be the 144th meeting for the learned society soon to be formerly known as the American Philological Association, and the 114th meeting for the Archaeological Institute of America. And of course Rutgers Classics will be in the house. You will find below a schedule of offerings by members of the Department and the extended Rutgers Classics community. We think we have them all (and their times), but your additions are welcome! Continue reading

Postcard from Birmingham, by Liz Gloyn (PhD’11): Moving between the US and the UK


Dr Liz Gloyn (Rutgers PhD in Classics, 2011) is now in her second year as a Teaching Fellow in Roman Literature at the University of Birmingham‘s Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity. A native of London, Liz received a BA Hons. and MPhil in Classics from Newnham College, Cambridge University. In addition to her PhD, at Rutgers she also was awarded the rare distinction of a MPhil by our Department of Classics. Here is a very welcome missive from Liz, writing from the West Midlands:

“I have to admit that it doesn’t feel like I’ve been back in the UK for slightly over eighteen months. I keep on finding myself thinking and saying things that reveal I spent the previous the six years at Rutgers Classics. The other day, for instance, I caught myself thinking grumpily that it was far too early for shops to have Christmas merchandise out, especially since we’d not had Thanksgiving yet; my friends also tease me mercilessly when they catch me talking about the first floor instead of the ground floor, which I do more often than you would think. But it’s hard to forget that I’ve changed continents when I’m teaching and researching.” Continue reading

Even before the B1G, Rutgers will join Committee on Institutional Cooperation—on 1 July 2013


This just in: a newsflash from Richard L. Edwards, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This is a welcome follow-up to our recent post on the considerable academic benefits of Rutgers’ admission to the Big Ten. And read to the bottom of the post for just one of the most immediate ramifications for RU Classics…

“I am delighted to announce that Rutgers University has been admitted to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the prestigious academic consortium whose membership includes all Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago.  Our membership is effective July 1, 2013.  See the news release here.” Continue reading

RU making plans for summer 2013? Rutgers—Newark History chair Gary Farney leads archeology field school in central Italy

PreviewScreenSnapz001GPS work at Vacone, Italy: Neil Terry (left) and Prof. Gary Farney

You’ve got to tip your broad-brimmed sunhat to Rutgers—Newark History chair (and member of the Rutgers—NB Classics Graduate Faculty) Professor Gary Farney. For six consecutive summers (2005-2010) he led a Rutgers summer study-abroad program in Greece. In summer 2012 Gary Farney took the idea to the next level:  the creation of a summer archaeological field school in Italy. This multi-year initiative—known as the the Upper Sabina Tiberina Archaeological Field School—allows students from Rutgers and elsewhere to gain hands-on experience in surveying, excavation and conservation.

The dates for the 2013 field school (see here for the official website) are 9 July through 9 August 2013. How to apply? It couldn’t be easier. Through 15 December 2012 Rutgers students can apply through the university’s Study Abroad website. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Non-Rutgers applicants are urged to contact Prof. Farney as soon as possible by email. The final deadline for all applicants is 1 March 2013. Continue reading