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Classics Program

Notables

Fall 2014

  • Homer’s Odyssey reborn! In the spring 2015 semester, SU will offer an innovative course on the Odyssey (07-304 or 10-304). SU students will engage in a close reading (in translation) of Homer’s masterpiece. Working in real time with accomplished Homeric scholars and students across the country and with Prof. Haskell at SU, participants also will have access to the published material and HeroesX course of the renowned Harvard scholar Gregory Nagy as supplementary material. This course is housed under the umbrella of the national collaborative Classics program Sunoikisis, of which Southwestern is a founding member.

  • Prof. Hal Haskell presented a refereed paper at the NARNIA Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus in September. The focus of the paper is on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of ancient pottery and how one can blend typological, chemical, petrographic, and epigraphic analyses to refine origins and movements. Conference proceedings will be published.

Spring 2014

  • Sunoikisis, a Classics collaboration of which Southwestern is a founding member, was featured in Athens by Hal Haskell, Prof. of Classics, at the “Learning Differences and Innovation Summit” in May. You can see a video of Dr. Haskell’s presentation here (advance to time 1.34.10). Dr. Haskell also led a 10 hour Institute “Unleashing Creativity and Deep Thinking through Cross-disciplinary Learning and Teaching,” which featured SU’s Paideia program as its foundation. The Institute’s participants developed a plan under which they will be able to engage in substantive collaborative teaching and learning.

  • In late May, Dr. Hal Haskell visited the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich to gain access to a very rare publication, C. Doumet-Serhal (ed.), Networking patterns of the Bronze and Iron Age Levant: the Lebanon and its Mediterranean Connections. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has one of the only copies. One article is of particular interest, as it reports on a pottery sherd in the eastern Mediterranean with Linear B (early Greek), and if verified would be a unique find.

  • Dr. Hal Haskell’s article “Elite Economic Relationships between Crete and Thebes in the Late Bronze Age” has been accepted for publication in Minos, a leading international journal of Minoan, Mycenaean and Cypriote studies. The results of Dr. Haskell’s work with pottery supplement evidence based up to this point primarily on palaeographic (Linear B) evidence.

  • Thomas Howe, professor of art history, was the lead presenter at a lecture titled “The Rebirth of a Roman Luxury Resort: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at The Seaside Villas at Stabia” that was held at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia April 8. The lecture was held in conjunction with the institute’s exhibit titled “One Day in Pompeii,” which runs through April 27. Read more here.

  • Dr. Benjamin Hicks presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle-West and South in Waco, Texas.  This paper examined Horace’s parody of Odysseus’ consultation with Teiresias in the underworld (Od. 9) in Satire 2.5.  In particular, Horace draws on philosophical uses of Odysseus through intertextuality to satirize the Stoics.

  • College Year in Athens (CYA), the premier US undergraduate program in Greece, sponsored an invited lecture by Hal Haskell, Prof. of Classics, titled “Meandering Through Late Minoan III Crete, Proust, Pottery, and Palaces.” The lecture was structured around the theme of Dr. Haskell’s SU Paideia theme, “The Intersection between the Arts and Sciences” and was held at CYA’s academic center near the Panathenaic Stadium.

  • In March, Dr. Hal Haskell served as an invited member of the Fulbright Foundation – Greece Selection Committee for the 2014 Greek Graduate Scholarship Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Foundation provides support the brightest young Greek scholars to study in the US so that they can return to Greece with fresh expertise. Dr. Haskell was an American Fulbright Senior Scholar in Greece in 1994.

  • Dr. Benjamin Hicks presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Chicago, Illinois, in January.  The paper explored Horace’s much loved Satire 2.6 in which he introduces Aesop’s fable of the city and the country mouse as a satiric meditation on the Epicurean rational calculus of pleasure and pain.

Fall 2013

  • In December, 2013, Dr. Hal Haskell presented a refereed paper at the 3rd “Archaeological Work in Crete” conference, held in Rhethymnon, Crete. The conference was held under the auspices of the University of Crete, and the Ephorates of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and of Byzantine Antiquites (Rhethymnon). The papers will be published in both digital and paper format.

  • Dr. Thomas Howe, Professor of Art History, spoke at the CyArk 500 Challenge, October 20-22 2013, at the Tower of London. He spoke on cultural heritage, around the topic The Benefits: Beyond Documentation. See a video of on the digital preservation of Stabia.

  • In October, Dr. Hal Haskell attended a conference in Belgium, “How long is a century? Late Minoan IIIB pottery: Relative chronology and regional differences,” at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve). He was asked to make a short presentation “Literacy on LM IIIB Crete,” based on his work with Linear B (early Greek) inscribed pottery.