Category: General News

Alumni Weekend with the Classics Department!

September 15th, 2014 in Alumni-news, General News

College of Arts & Sciences Core & Classics Reception

Core and the Classics Department are hosting a reception for all alumni in the Core office, CAS 119. Faculty from both Core and Classics will join the alumni for excellent refreshments and even better conversation. A wonderful chance to catch up with your fellow alumni and former professors.

  • Date: Saturday, September 20
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • Location: Core Office, CAS 119, 685 Commonwealth Avenue

International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) Conference Announced

September 10th, 2014 in Department Event Recap, Faculty News, General News

The second annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campus of Boston University on November 14-15, 2014. The theme of the conference is High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity. Can and should we separate the two categories? What areas of late antique literature confirm or problematize this distinction? How did late antique authors think about the high and the low? How did they use the categories rhetorically? How, historically, have critics brought those categories to bear on the reception of late antique literature?

The conference is free for the general public, and we welcome all to attend (please RSVP for the lectures on the Facebook page). There will be a conference dinner for speakers. Please send queries about conference particulars to James Uden ( General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee: Scott McGill (, Joseph Pucci (, and David Bright (

For dinner registration and additional information, please visit

BU in Athens Recap

August 1st, 2014 in Faculty News, General News, Undergraduate News

The BU Philhellenes have returned from their studies and travels in Greece. Read about their adventures here.

Newsletter Available!

July 10th, 2014 in Alumni-news, Faculty News, General News, Graduate Student News, Undergraduate News

The Newsletter has been published on our website. Check out what the faculty, graduates students, and alumni have been up to this year. A special thank you to everyone who contributed. The Newsletter can be found here.
A supplement to the Newsletter, including many pictures from the annual Aristophanes play can also be found on our website, here.

Prof. Scully leads seminar at Grambling State University

June 6th, 2014 in Faculty News, General News

Exploring the Margins: Enhancing the Teaching of Ancient Greek Drama at Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana

Stephen Scully (Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies) and Michele Valerie Ronnick (BU PhD ’90; Professor of Classics and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Wayne State University) teamed up to lead seminars on ancient Greek tragedy and the history of black Classics educators at the NEH-funded seminar at Grambling State University from May 26 to June 13. According to Dr. Hugh Wilson, one of the principal investigators, the institute’s goal is to “explore the continuing relevance of Greek drama to society at large,” as well as “foster a greater awareness of the black literature and drama influenced by the Greeks.”

The 15 faculty fellows, all of whom hold faculty appointments at historically black colleges and universities across the United States, studied the works of Aeschylus (with Scully leading the seminars), Sophocles (led by Professor Rush Rehm of Stanford University), and Euripides (led by Professor Ruth Scodel from the University of Michigan).  Professor Ronnick led seminars examining the history of black classicism in the United States and discussing the influences of the Graeco-Roman heritage upon the work of African and African-American intellectuals, writers and artists here and abroad.

Professor Ruck announces Gaia Project

May 29th, 2014 in Faculty News, General News

The Gaia Project for a new museum complex at the archaeological site of the ancient Greek Eleusinian Mysteries, to become the International Center for the Study of Mankind’s Relationship to our Planet Earth.

The project envisages the renewal of our testament or covenant with our planet and seeks to restore the Rarian plain to fertility, incorporating environmentally friendly modes of industrialism, and will offer opportunities to experience though meditation, art workshops, and spiritual exercise the origins of religious cognition, predating the dogma of established and identifiable sects.

For more information, please visit our webpage.

Becky Wysocki, graduate student, receives GRS Summer Research Fellowship

May 20th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News

Congratulations to graduate student Becky Wysocki who has received a 2014 Summer Research Fellowship from GRS. The Fellowship is a non-service stipend to allow advanced PhD students spend the summer pursuing research.

Dustin Dixon, graduate student, wins Dissertation Fellowship

May 12th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News

Congratulations to graduate student Dustin Dixon, who has won one of the first-ever Graduate Dissertation Fellowships from the BU Center for the Humanities! Link

Colin Pang, graduate student, wins Humanities Award

April 24th, 2014 in General News, Graduate Student News

A big congratulations to our graduate student Colin Pang, who won the Humanities Award at Scholars Day, a celebration of graduate research at BU!

Undergraduate Conference Announced

March 26th, 2014 in Faculty News, General News, Undergraduate News

The Boston University Classics Department is proud to announce a research symposium in which speakers will examine the editorial decisions that shape Homeric epic. We welcome two guest speakers, Professors Neel Smith (College of the Holy Cross) and Michael Haslam (University of California, Los Angeles), as well as six BU undergraduates who will speak to this unprecedented topic of Homeric scholarship. A team of classics undergraduates working under Professor Stephen Scully will analyze paragraphing decisions that various editors and translators of the Iliad have made from the 10th century to the present, including the Venetus A manuscript, Chalcondyles’ editio princeps, and Spondanus, as well as the English translations of George Chapman, Alexander Pope, Richmond Lattimore, Martin West, and Stanley Lombardo.

Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook.