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Professional Skills Workshop

In light of the rapid change in the teaching landscape due to the coronavirus, Colin and I will be running a Professional Skills event to workshop teaching statements. The event will take place during the regular R&P time of the Thursday of exam week. The zoom link and instructions have been distributed to you, and will be redistributed prior to the event

Topics to be covered include:

-language teaching
-classical civilization teaching
-humanities core courses
-syllabus design
-inclusion
-how to reach all students
-pedagogy techniques
-remote teaching


For questions please contact Prof. Michèle Lowrie or Colin Shelton

Notice (3/16/20)

In light of current CDC guidance to quell the spread of COVID-19, the Classics Department office is closed, and all Classics Department events are postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. For additional information or general office requests, please contact Kathy Fox (Department Administrator) at kfox@uchicago.edu

Our Department

The faculty of the Classics department work in literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, and philosophy. We are developing innovative approaches to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity through our collaborative work with scholars in a wide variety of fields. We belong to international research networks and we teach, publish, and host workshops and conferences with colleagues from Art History, the Committee on Social Thought, Comparative Literature, the Divinity School, English, Germanic Studies, History, the Law School, Linguistics, the Oriental Institute, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages, and Theater and Performance Studies.

In keeping with the wide ranging research agendas of our faculty, the culture of Classics at the University of Chicago is pluralistic. The Department offers four different Ph.D. programs, each of which fosters a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity: Classical Languages and Literatures, the Ancient Mediterranean World, Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, and the joint Ph.D. in Classics and Social Thought. More information about each of these programs can be found in the program descriptions

Read more about the history of the department!

Latest News

Clifford Ando has been invited to deliver the Maestro Lectures for 2015 at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Department of Classics announces Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge) as the lecturer for the 2015-16 Classics Lecture Series. He will deliver a series of lectures on "Homer & the Land" throughout the month of October. Visit Events for more information.

The Department of Classics is excited to welcome our incoming students for the 2015-16 year: Amber Ace, Jordan Johansen, Kristie Keller, Mills McArthur, Michael Moore, Alethea Roe, Mary Rosalie Stoner, and Katrina Van Amsterdam.

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Prizes and Placements

Jenna Sarchio has been awarded a dissertation research award from the Elder Olson Fund of the Division of Humanities, which supports one student each year from across the division writing on the critical study of poetry and poetics.

Jenna Sarchio and Rosalie Stoner have both been awarded Mellon Foundation - University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowships for AY '20-'21

The University of Chicago Provost's Office has announced that Liz Asmis will receive this year a Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. This award recognizes Liz's exceptional dedication to the teaching and mentoring of graduate students across many generations, at every stage of their careers. 

Kassandra Jackson has accepted a tenure-track position in the Classics Department at Colby College.

Starting in Fall 2020, Jessica Seidman will be teaching upper-level Latin, introductory and intermediate Greek, and an advanced seminar at St. Albans School in Washington, DC.

Peter White has been nominated as a Franke Institute fellow for 2020-2021. He'll be studying narrative art in the "Confessions of St. Augustine."

Rosalie Stoner has been award a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship for '20-'21, for her syllabus, "Is Rhetoric a Good Thing? The Debate Between Rhetoric and Philosophy."

Mark Payne, Professor of Classics and the College, and in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought has been appointed a Chester D. Tripp Professor.

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