Associate Professor Dimitri Nakassis, who entered our department as a professor of Greek History and Material Culture in 2008, is one of the recipients of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship!
The award is an extraordinary distinction, and it is the first time a University of Toronto professor wins a MacArthur Fellowship, of which between twenty and forty are awarded every year to promising young scholars, artists, writers, journalists, activists, and other individuals engaged in pursuits that fit the motto of the foundation: “committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world”.
Among previous winners is also an alumna of the Department of Classics: the poet Anne Carson defended her PhD thesis in our department in 1981 (“Odi et amo ergo sum”) and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.
MacArthur fellowships are awarded by a private foundation in the US to meritorious individuals who show exceptional promise for continued and enhanced creative work. They cannot be applied for; they are awarded by recommendation and after a meticulous refereeing process. The value is $650,000 USD over five years. Well done, Dimitri!