The Cosa Walls Project

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.



JHI Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary and Welcomes a New Director

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 on her appointment at Dartmouth!

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!

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah McCallum on her permanent appointment at Arizona!

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah McCallum, who will begin her permanent appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Classics (Latin Literature and Language) in the University of Arizona Department of Religious Studies and Classics this summer!

Dr. McCallum received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Toronto. She is experienced in teaching Latin and Greek as well as Classics courses in translation. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Brock University, the University of Massachusetts – Boston, Harvard Extension School, and Dartmouth College.

Best of luck to Dr. McCallum!

JHI Working Groups: Call for Applications

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.


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 our 2017 ASSU Award Winners!

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)

Graduate Students: Call For Papers

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

Any questions can be directed to the BMC Graduate Group Symposium Committee at