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Archive of Departmental Announcements

  • Congratulations to the Classics Club, which took the Academic and Professional Student Org of the Year trophy at the CUA Student Organization Excellence Awards for 2016-17!

  • Aeneathon 2017!  Every year the Department hosts a marathon reading of an ancient epic, and this year witnessed a two-day performance of Vergil's Aeneid (in Lombardo's English translation with the insertion of occasional Latin passages) on March 30 and 31.

     

  • Eta Sigma Phi sight-translation contest results!  Congratulations to Sarah Grupp, sophomore classics major, for taking third place in the 2017 Intermediate Greek category of the Maurine Dallas Watkins Sight-Translation Contest sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi!

  • Departmental MA alumna wins national pedagogy award! Warmest congratulations to Ms. Jane Brinley, who teaches Latin at The School Without Walls here in Washington, DC.  She has just been announced as one of two winners of this year's Award for Excellence in Precollegiate Teaching by the Society for Classical Studies, our national professional organization!

  • Department students in Rome! Three Department of Greek and Latin students currently studying on the CUA Rome Campus under the guidance of Dr. Richard Westall recently joined with some of their classmates to tour (in hard hats!) the Tomb of the Scipios, the resting-place of many members of one of ancient Rome's most famous families.

  • Summer excavation news!  Four students from the Department of Greek and Latin were part of a collaborative archaeological field school convened by CUA and the American University of Rome. They spent two weeks digging an early medieval site in Vetricella, Tuscany. Learn more about their experience!

  • THE DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED!  The Department of Greek and Latin now has its front office in McMahon 205.  Aside from room numbers, all other departmental contacts (phone and email) remain the same.  We look forward to welcoming students and visitors to our new home!

  • Are you an incoming CUA freshman? For placement in Latin or Greek, see our Freshman Guide to Language Placement. If you are interested in majoring with us, please contact the department for further information.

  • Dr. Richard Westall, CUA Rome Center, has recently published two new projects, "The Sources of the Civil Wars of Appian of Alexandria" (in Kathryn Welch, ed., Appian's Roman History, Swansea, 2015), and "Embassies of the Late Republic: Movement to, from, and within the City of Rome" (in Ida Ostenberg et al., eds, The Moving City, London, 2015).

  • Karen Carducci, doctoral student, recently received a Professional Development Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States to support her paper at the 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University (August 2015), "Implicit Stipulations in the Testamentum of Gregory of Nazianzos vis-a-vis the Testamenta of Remigius of Rheims, Caesarius of Arles, and Aurelianus of Ravenna."

  • Prof. William Klingshirn has been appointed a Fellow (sodalis) of the Pontifical Academy for Latin (Pontificia Academia Latinitatis). Founded by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, the Academy aims to encourage the knowledge and study of Latin language and literature of all periods and to promote the use of Latin as a written and spoken language. Its president is Prof. Ivano Dionigi, Rector (President) of the University of Bologna. Further information on the Academy can be found here.  A list of all eleven pontifical academies can be found at the website of the Roman Curia.

  • Instructor Tom Leoni and his students re-enact the battles of Greco-Roman warriors in the course CLAS 225, Ancient Warfare and Martial ArtsThis course will be offered again in fall 2015, TTh 5:10-6:25pm.

  • Dr. Sarah Ferrario and Prof. Judith Hallett (Classics, University of Maryland, College Park), have recently received a $9900 Leadership Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.  It will support the re-launch of a Washington, DC-area seminar for professional scholars and advanced students of the ancient Mediterranean world.  Meeting twice per academic year, the Washington Ancient Mediterranean Seminar (WAMS) will serve simultaneously as an incubator for new research, a mentoring opportunity for junior scholars, and an impetus to encourage intellectual and administrative collaboration across area institutions.
  • The Classical Association of the Atlantic States has awarded departmental doctoral student Karen Carducci a Professional Development Grant to attend the January 2015 Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology at the American Academy in Rome, in collaboration with the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
  • Congratulations to Charles Giglio, BA, Greek and Latin, '64, named 2015 Teacher of the Year by the New York State Board of Regents!
  • Latin--and the department--in the news. See the article on "Latin in the Modern World," which features quotations and experiences shared by Prof. William Klingshirn and several departmental alumni, in the most recent issue of the CUA Magazine!
  • Congratulations to Greek and Latin graduate student (and Johns Hopkins biochemist) Luigi De Luca!  Dr. De Luca has been honored by the Italian government with the title Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia.  This honor was granted in recognition of his life's work in cancer research, his support of the Italian community in the US, and his commitment to a classical education in Greek and Latin. Further details at Presidenza della Reppublica.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Richard Westall, CUA Rome Program, on the publication of his recent article, "Theoderic patron of the churches of Rome?" Acta ad Archaeologiam et Artivm Historiam Pertinentia 27 (2014): 119-38.
  • Prof. William Klingshirn has been named to the editorial committee of Latinitas, the official journal of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. The first issue of its new series was published in Fall 2013. Beginning in 2014 it will appear twice a year. Latinitas is edited by [more...]
  • National Greek Exam Results: Students in GR 102 recently completed the National Greek Exam, administered to over 2000 students in five countries. One CUA student received High Honors and two received Merit Awards. Congratulations to the students and their teacher, Ms. Karen Carducci!
  • National Latin Exam Results: Students in LAT 102 and LAT 104 recently completed the National Latin Exam, administered to over 154,000 secondary and post-secondary students from 49 states and 17 foreign countries. Four CUA students received the distinction summa cum laude, nine maxima cum laude, seven magna cum laude, and nine cum laude. Congratulations to the students and to their teachers, Ms. Kathleen Kirsch and Ms. Keturah Kiehl!
  • Congratulations to Shannon Ells, BA '14, who has received the Eta Sigma Phi Scholarship to attend the 2014 Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome!  After her summer in Italy, Shannon plans to enter graduate school.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Brent Gilbert, who successfully defended his dissertation, The Image of God, Greek Medicine, and Trinitarian Polemic in Gregory of Nyssa's De Hominis Opificio, on November 15, 2013!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Ferrario on the 2013 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Early Career!
  • Dr. Richard Westall, CUA Rome Program, has recently published a new article entitled "The Relationship of Appian to Pollio: A Reconsideration," in Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 38 (2013).