A PDF showing scheduled events in Stanford Classics and the Stanford Archaeology Center can be viewed or downloaded here. This bulletin will be updated as additional details become available for each event, and look for a new Events announcement tool coming to the website soon.
Adrienne Mayor's The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton UP) was among five finalists for the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction by the National Book Foundation.
Professor of Classics and Drama Rush Rehm coordinated Stanford Summer Theater's "Electra Festival" with resounding success. The ambitious Festival included a full production of Sophocles' Electra, which Rehm directed, along with stagings of Aeschylus' Libation Bearers and Euripides' Electra, which were followed by post-show discussions led by Classics Professor Emeritus Marsh McCall. The Festival also featured a film series, "Tragic Heroines," and a daylong Continuing Studies symposium, "The Trojan War and Electra."
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The Spring 2009 departmental newsletter includes an address from the department chair and two years' worth of faculty updates, along with student and alumni updates, featured research projects, and more. To download the full newsletter as a PDF--just click here. Design: Macworks Graphics Studio, Menlo Park, CA. Printing: Shoreline Printing and Graphics, Mountain View, CA.
Congratulations to Elaine Breeden, who has just been awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship. After competing in the 2010 Olympics, Elaine hopes to pursue a degree in ancient art and archaeology at Cambridge.
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Recent Classics post-doc and noted Chinese archaeologist Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu is slated to host a new documentary series on China's early feats of engineering. "Ancient Man Made Marvels" is a co-production of the Science Channel, the China Intercontinental Communication Center, and Discovery Networks Asia. Dr. Hsu spent 2007-2008 on a postdoctoral fellowship in Stanford Classics, working with Ian Morris and Walter Scheidel on a project sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.
Jackie Arthur-Montagne (graduate student, Classics) has been selected as one of the inaugural fellows of the Pigott Scholars Program for 2013-14. The Pigott Scholars Program is a one-year fellowship for advanced doctoral students in the Humanities and Arts and selection is contingent upon departmental nomination from a pool of peers.
Kara Cooney, who was affiliated with the department while serving as an IHUM Fellow a few years ago, hosts a new comparative archaeology series for the Discovery Channel. "Out of Egypt" premiered in August 2009. Published under the name Kathlyn M. Cooney (but called Kara by everyone), Cooney is an Assistant Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. She earned her PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2002.
The Stanford Classics Department is co-sponsoring the Ancient Explanation Conference to be held in the Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street on April 17 - 18, 2010. (Map here.)
Explanation is a default mode of today’s academic discourse, but can at different times be employed in a variety of different ways. This conference aims to explore the use of explanation in classical antiquity. What did the ancients explain? For what purposes were explanations made? And who could legitimately give them?