Seth Bernard and Drew Davis working on a survey project of the colonial walls of Cosa, modern Ansedonia, in conjunction with the Cosa Excavations. One of the best preserved of all Mid-Republican fortifications, the walls of the Latin colony of Cosa were built in polygonal masonry in 273 BC. Professor Bernard and Drew are using a combination of digital and manual recording techniques to understand the building process behind the walls. They also visited a number of sites in the region of Tuscany to look at similarly built city walls, including the polygonal walls of Rusellae (Roselle) where they were joined by Jeff Easton.
Photos available here.
A&S News spoke with outgoing director Robert Gibbs, who has led the institute since its inception and incoming director Alison Keith to find out what the JHI has achieved so far and what’s yet to come.
The Jackman Humanities Institute celebrates 10-year anniversary and welcomes a new director
Congratulations to Dr. Emilia Barbiero who will begin her two-year appointment as a Lecturer of Classics at Dartmouth College this summer!
Dr. Barbiero received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Toronto in 2014. She and her dog Chloe are heading to New Hampshire from New York where she is finishing her appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at NYU.
Best of luck to Dr. Barbiero!
PhD STUDENTS & FACULTY: The Jackman Humanities Institute will be accepting applications for Working Groups in the 2017-2018 year beginning on April 21, 2017. Working group participants may apply to participate in no more than two working groups per year.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 26, 2017
The outline for applications is attached below, and the competition is also viewable at
Information about this year’s Working Groups is available at
Congratulations to Professor Alison Keith for winning the Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award at the Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU) Awards Ceremony on March 22, 2017. Co-nominators Willem Crispin-Frei, Samantha Mazzilli, and Laura Harris from the undergraduate CLASSU Senate were on hand to present Professor Keith with this award alongside ASSU President Ondiek Odour.
CLASSU President Willem Crispin-Frei also received the Katharine Ball Graduating Award for Course Unions for his four years of service on the CLASSU Senate.
More information about the awards available for undergraduate students and about nominations for the teaching and service awards is available on the ASSU website, and more photos from the event are on Facebook.
Left: ASSU President Ondiek Odour, Professor Alison Keith, Classics Students Willem Crispin-Frei, Samantha Mazzilli, and Laura Harris (Photo Credit: ASSU)
Right: ASSU Executive Assistant Jane Seto, Co-Recipients Indigenous Studies Students’ Union President Jennifer Sylvester and CLASSU President Willem Crispin-Frei, ASSU Student Advisor Gavin Nowlan (Photo Credit: ASSU)
11th Biennial Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium
Nothing in Moderation: Ancient to Contemporary Perspectives on Excess
November 3-4, 2017
Featuring keynote speaker and respondent Kenneth Lapatin, Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Modern conversations about consumerism and materialism, production and pollution, the growth of the archive and the surge in technology, often centre on or radiate from the idea of excess. What is it to be excessive? When, how, why is something thought to be “too much?” Who defines decadence and extravagance? How do ideas of excess change over time and across political, social, and cultural climates?
This interdisciplinary symposium invites graduate students in Archaeology, Classics, History of Art, and related fields to present papers that address aspects of excess ranging from ancient to modern. Potential topics may involve, but are not limited to, the following:
- Material excess, luxury, and extravagance
- Literary effluences of style and content
- Aesthetic excess and the sublime
- Divine and religious indulgence
- Communal entities of excess: social, cultural, and political
- Individual transcendence and transgression: excellence, malfeasance, diffidence
- Physical and corporeal overabundance
- Psychological states of excess: madness, trauma, libido
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, April 21, 2017. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by emailing a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions can be directed to the BMC Graduate Group Symposium Committee at email@example.com.