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Ph.D. student Rebecca Moorman has been named a runner-up for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for her work titled, “Lying Eyes? Autopsy, Credibility, and the Senses in Apuleius, Met. 1.4.”  She will be recognized during the annual meeting of  The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) this spring.

The Institute for Research in the Humanities in conjunction with the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies has selected Classics Ph.D. student Rebecca Moorman to receive a 2019-2020 Robert J. Reinhold Fellowship.

CANES alumna, Katherine Bonesho, (Hebrew Bible, Ph.D. 2018) explores indisciplinary study of the ancient world with her former office-mate and fellow alumna, Rachel Hart (Classics, Ph.D. 2018).

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Associate Professor Alex Dressler's article, "Seeing (not) seeing: the phenomenology of deviant standpoint as a function of gender and class in Paulinus of Nola, Poems 18" has been published on the European network on Gender Studies in Antiquity or EuGeStA

Learn more about EuGeStA.


Professor James McKeown's Honors course, "Ancient Medicine" is part of a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) discussed in the latest Honors Newsletter.

Hear from students taking the course and learn more about FIGS and Professor McKeown, too!

The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) awarded Professor Laura McClure a Senior Fellowship to begin in 2019-2020. 

Senior Fellowships are funded by the College of Letters and Science and recognize tenured faculty members in the College who are engaged in innovative research in the humanities.

Noah Ash, an undergraduate earning a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Classical Humanities and Philosophy, will graduate this December.

Read his unique story!

Associate Professor Nandini Pandey was awarded a Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Faculty Fellowship by UW's Institute for Research in the Humanities.  The IRH holds an annual competition for up to two one-semester fellowships for UW-Madison faculty with projects

All Classics, Classical Humanities, and Latin majors are encouraged to apply. 

Students may apply to both scholarships but will only be awarded one. 

All applications are due February 8, 2019.

This summer, seniors Jack White and Megan Bernards - both earning the Classical Studies certificate - took part in an archaeological dig after winning Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty research fellowships.

Their faculty mentor is Professor William Aylward.

Read more about their experience!

"Constellations are clusters of courses grounded in the humanities.

Senior Conlin Bass, who is earning the  Classical Studies certificate, began The Bandana Project as a freshman.

Read more about his inspiration and learn about the impact the initiative has had.

Catherine Bonesho earned her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in May and began her new position with UCLA's department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures on July 1.

Congratulations, Cate!

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PhD candidate Molly Harris has been recognized for her work with the Warrior Book Club.  

Classics PhD student Amy Hendricks is one of a select group of outstanding TAs to have been named 2018 College of Letters & Science Teaching Fellows. Based on her excellence as a teacher, student, mentor, and leader throughout her graduate student career, Hendricks will serve as an instructor at the L&S Fall TA Training in August. Congratulations!

Read Assistant Professor Nandini Pandey's latest article (inspired by the movie Coco!) published in Eidolon.

Crossing Cultures as a First-Generation Classicist

Dissertator Preston Atwood will receive a three-month summer fellowship (June 1- August 31st) which provides a stipend, tuition and segregated fees coverage.

The Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies is pleased to announce its Gertrude E. Slaughter Summer Study Scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to Rachel Cilla and Tye Wilson-Swokowski who will both be traveling to Rome this summer through the UW-Classics in Italy study abroad program.

Katie Liu, a graduating senior majoring in Classics, Classical Humanities, and Art History, has been awarded the Ornstein-Warendorf Scholarship.

This scholarship provides a one-time award to a high achieving Junior or Senior with financial need, who is majoring in History and/or any foreign language. 

Congratulations, Katie!

Tye Wilson-Swokowski, a Classics and Latin major, is a member of UW's Ethics Bowl team and will be competing in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) championship taking place March 3-4 in Chicago.  To earn a spot in the twenty-second annual national competition, the UW club went undefeated throughout the

Molly Harris and Geoffrey Ludvik were recognized for their exceptional teaching.

Read all the details!


PhD student Preston Atwood has earned $600 for travel expenses to the 2018 Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The award is courtesy of the Student Research Graduate Competition made possible through the UW's Graduate School, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding.  He will be presenting his paper “Aristophanes' Lampito in

Read Rome's "Empire Without End" and the "Endless" U.S. War on Terror by Nandini Pandey published by the online journal Eidolon.

Join the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies as we host Classics Day on Friday, May 4 from noon to 5pm. 

This free event will feature panel discussions and a lecture by Sarah Bond.

A full program can be found here.

The Institute for Research in the Humanities has awarded Jeff Beneker a Resident Faculty Fellowship for academic year 2018-2019.  Beneker will be on leave from teaching for one semester while working on his book project, a biography of Pompey the Great.

M.A. Alumna Amanda Morrow has published "I Hate My Spouse: The Performative Act of Divorce in Elephantine Aramaic" in the most recent issue of the Journal of Northwese Semitic Languages.

Read the full article.


Professor Laura K. McClure has been appointed President of the Classcial Association of the Middle West and South. She continues a Wisconsin tradition, following in the footsteps of past presidents Water “Ray” Agard (1944-45) and Paul L. MacKendrick (1969-70).

“Reading and Writing in the Dark at Khirbet el-Qom: The Literacies of Ancient Subterranean Judah,” by Alice Mandell and Jeremy Smoak is now available in the latest edition of Near Eastern Archaeology.

According to Alice Mandell, learning ancient languages gives a person, "... a sense that you are being teleported into the past. You can access stories about the gods as well as the personal letters, prayers, hopes and dreams of ancient people... It gives voice to people who would otherwise be forgotten."

Alice Mandell will be participating in The Scribal Mind: Textual Criticism in Antiquity, a conference hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York Unversity.

Catherine Bonesho recently had a book note published in the web journal Ancient Jew Review.  Read her work addressing Jörg Rüpke's Religious Deviance in the Roman World: Superstition or Individuality? (Translated by David M.B.

Preston Atwood was chosen to receive the Lipton Essay Award for his paper, "Erotobucolic Humor as Euphemism in Song of Songs: A Comparison with Theocritus' Idyll 11.19-21." The award of $750 is courtesy of the Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison.

Several Graduate students in CANES were honored with scholarships and fellowships!