The BU Philhellenes have returned from their studies and travels in Greece.
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
A big congratulations to our graduate student Colin Pang, who won the Humanities Award at Scholars Day, a celebration of graduate research at BU!
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Alexander Nikolaev will join the department as Assistant Professor of Classical Studies as of July 2013. He completed his dissertation, “Historical Poetics and Language History: Studies in Archaic Greek Poetry,” at Harvard University in 2012.
Professor Nikolaev is both a classicist and a linguist, and he is most interested in where language and literature meet. As a historian of literature, he works on archaic Greek poetry (Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, etc.). As a linguist, he is primarily interested in Greek historical linguistics and etymology, but he has also done work on the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European and on the history of other Indo-European languages and language families, including Hittite, Sanskrit, Old Persian and Avestan, Old Irish, Tocharian and Balto-Slavic.
This fall, he will teach two undergraduate courses: CL 104, Greek and Latin Roots of the English Language, and CL 261, Intermediate Greek 1 (Prose).
CL 104 will look at the historical development of English with the focus on its Greek and Latin borrowings, including the vocabulary of medicine, law, and the humanities, and discuss the meaning of words which shape our perception of the world. Through this course you will expand your knowledge of English vocabulary and understand the ways in which words and their history shape our perception of the world.
CL 261 is a reading of selections from Greek prose. Authors read may include Plato and Lysias, as well as selections from the New Testament.
Jay Samons has received the Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (DTP) from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Professorship was established in 1993 by the NEH with a challenge grant that matched funds from alumni and friends of CAS/GRS and the Division of General Education. The Professorship recognizes excellence in teaching by a prominent teacher-scholar associated with the Core Curriculum, and it funds undergraduate enrichment programs in the humanities generally.
Please visit http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news-cms/news/?dept=1803&id=58007 for additional information.
Jeffrey Henderson, the University’s William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature and a world-renowned classics scholar, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). For full details, please visit http://www.bu.edu/today/node/12797.
The Department of Classical Studies will hold its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 9 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, located on the 5th floor of 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Join us in congratulating the graduates!
We are happy to announce that PhD student, Tyler Travillian, has won the 2009-2010 Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize. Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Additional information on the Rome Prize and Tyler’s work can be found here.