CLASSU End-of-Term Social

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All CLASSU members are welcome to join the undergraduate Classics Students’ Union at their End-of-Term Social, Elections, and Journal Launch of the fourth volume of Plebeian. (N.B. only qualifying undergrads can vote).

*** All Classics grad students and faculty are welcome to join! ***

Undergraduate Conference: Assembly of the Plebs

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The undergraduate Classics Students’ Union (CLASSU) warmly invites the Department and any interested faculty and students to its fourth annual Assembly of the Plebs Conference on the Classical World.

Please click here for more information.

Schedule & Presentations:

  • 10:30am – Room opens for breakfast
  • 10:50am – Opening remarks
  • 11:00am – Andrew White: “Shortfall in the Ptolemaic Revenue: Economic Policy as a Political Necessity”
  • 11:35am – Sam Minden: “The Roman “Barbarians” and Barbaric Romans: The Ostrogothic Kingdom of Italy and the Slow Disappearance of Roman Power in The West”
  • 12:10pm – Hannah Lank: “Art Becomes Nature, and Nature Art: A Close Reading of The Ekphrastic Garden in Book Four of Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe”
  • 12:45pm – Lunch
  • 1:20pm – Laura Harris: “Dress as an Identifier: The Fetiales and Sacrifice to Fides in Livy Book One”
  • 2:00pm – Erica Venturo: “The Archaeology of Late Roman Greece’s Imperial Administration”
  • 2:35pm – Clifton Tataryn: “The Horror of Seneca’s Oedipus”
  • 3:10pm – Closing remarks


CLASSU Academic Seminar: Words of the Ostracised

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CLASSU Academic Seminar: Words of the Ostracised

Join us as we explore non-traditional and marginalized narratives in antiquity.

Our PhD student speakers include:

David Wallace-Hare  (Latin onomastics, Roman social history, Romano-Celtic interactions)
“Fugientes Silvae Texerunt: Aquitanian Theonyms and Industrial Memories in the Central Pyrenees”

Drew Davis (Roman history, ancient colonialism, epigraphy)
“Rooted in Our Own Needs: Classics at the University of Toronto, 1843–1947”

Caitlin Hines (Latin literature)
“Role-play and Class Blindness: a Resistant Reading of Servitium Amoris in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses”


CLASSU Academic Seminar

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CLASSU’s upcoming Academic Seminar is featuring speakers Professors Katherine Blouin and Boris Chrubasik.
More details to come.

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)