Classics is one of the University of Wisconsin’s three original departments, dating back to 1849.
Today’s faculty have research and teaching interests that encompass the fields of archaeology, Egyptology, epigraphy, ethnic studies, gender studies, historiography, philosophy, tragedy, poetry, and medieval literature.
Protecting Culture From Mines, Wars, Dams and Other Threats J. Mark Kenoyer stands on a windswept peak in Logar Province in eastern Afghanistan, his head wrapped in a traditional scarf against the harsh sun. As he chats in a mixture of Urdu and Pashto with an Afghan archaeologist, it’s easy to see why documentarian Brent [...]
Seven faculty members from the College of Letters & Science have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards. Interim Chancellor David Ward will present the awards at a ceremony on March 19 at the Pyle Center. A reception hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association will follow; to attend, register here. The awards, chosen by a committee, honor [...]
Nineteen early-career faculty have been named fellows of the new Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with 12 coming from the College of Letters & Science. The fellows competed with colleagues to participate in the yearlong program designed to improve undergraduate education by providing professional development in teaching and learning to [...]
Monumental discoveries were made. Critical projects were finished. Laudable programs were celebrated. And scholars and alumni were remembered in the College of Letters & Science’s 124th year.
These were just some of the markers of 2012 in L&S. Here are some of the moments that made 2012 a memorable year for the College.
Professor of Classics William Aylward is set to lead a new archaeological expedition of Troy next year. Thanks to an anonymous unrestricted gift to the College of Letters & Science, Aylward is able to involve students like Geoffrey Ludvik in his exploration of the famous ancient city. “I’ve always wanted to be an archaeologist,” said [...]
Troy, the palatial city of prehistory, sacked by the Greeks through trickery and a fabled wooden horse, will be excavated anew beginning in 2013 by a cross-disciplinary team of archaeologists and other scientists, it was announced Monday. The new expedition will be led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Classics William Aylward, an archaeologist with long [...]
His dissertation was entitled “The Flower in Homeric Poetry.” As a classicist, he focuses on how Latin and Greek were learned throughout history. But while William Brockliss, a new Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, expects to log plenty of hours at the Chazen Museum of Art, pondering the mysteries of the [...]
Assistant Professor of Philosophy Emily Fletcher comes to the University of Wisconsin-Madison thanks to the 2010 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Core Humanities Grant, which is helping Dean Gary Sandefur strengthen the University’s offerings in ancient studies. Fletcher, who just completed her Ph.D. in Classics at the University of Toronto after obtaining her bachelor’s degree from [...]
What most of us know about Bronze Age Troy comes straight from Greek myth. As a setting for the epic Homeric poems starring Helen, Paris, Agamemnon, Achilles and Hector, among many others in a cast that includes both meddlesome gods and heroic mortals, Troy and its wooden horse – which may or may not have [...]
The College of Letters & Science has more than 800 faculty, a group that includes brilliant researchers, noteworthy authors, and inspiring teachers. This year, the College welcomes more than 50 new faculty members. From Classics to Chemistry and from English to Economics, departments across L&S recruited emerging experts who bring impressive breadth and depth of [...]
Five UW-Madison students and one recent graduate are spending five weeks at an archaeological dig in Israel this summer.
Each year, the College of Letters & Science recognizes outstanding faculty and staff in the college with various awards. We are proud to announce the 2012 recipients, listed below. Academic Advising Awards: L&S Academic Advising Award: Anna Tumarkin, Undergraduate Advisor in Slavic Languages L&S Faculty Advising Award: Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer, Undergrad and Graduate Advisor in [...]
The College of Letters & Science is proud to announce that seven L&S faculty members received 2012 Distinguished Teaching Awards presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the Secretary of the Faculty. The 2012 Recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards in the College of Letters & Science are: Jeffrey Beneker, associate professor of classics, Kiekhofer [...]
William Courtenay, University of Wisconsin-Madison Hilldale Professor and Charles Homer Haskins Professor Emeritus of History, has been elected a corresponding fellow to the British Academy.
The Department of Classics will welcome Professor Melissa Haynes to Madison next fall as the first UW-Madison American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow.
Each spring, for 30 years, classics professor Barry Powell led nearly 500 UW-Madison students in Classical Myth, considered a backbone course for the humanities on campus. So his views on the topic might surprise some former students.
An extraordinary public-private partnership will allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison to enhance education and research in the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the university a $10 million grant as part of an effort to preserve and enhance the humanities at public research universities that have records of scholarly and educational excellence.
Six Letters & Science Honors students have received $2,000 Trewartha Senior Thesis grants.
Two undergraduate classics students were recently honored. Rachel Smith received a Hilldale Award for 2009-10 to work on a project on Helen of Troy with faculty sponsor Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer.
Professor William Aylward’s archaeological research in Turkey was featured on the web edition of National Geographic Magazine.