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Summer 2022 news from students in the Language & Literature program:

  • Joe Droegemueller attended the GSCS program in Cologne this summer.
  • Lucca Green started a website, "Another Neurodivergent Queer Writes a Blog!" (, a mix of editorials, poetry, reflections, and more.
  • Brittany Hardy participated in the Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute and drafted a chapter of her dissertation on the Gorgons of Pindar's Pythian 12. She interprets these female hybrid monsters through the lens of Donna Haraway's Tentacular Thinking and will deliver a paper on this topic at the SCS in January. Brittany also travelled to Sicily to examine sculptural Gorgons with support from a Rackham Student Research Grant.
  • Madeleine Harris attended the Sprachenzentrum at the Universität Wien for the month of July and obtained a German A1.1 certificate.
  • Fernando Gorab Leme completed the Certificate in Classical Receptions, and his capstone project, “If Clodia despised Catullus, you can very well, Dionysus, despise Ariadne”: Classical Receptions and Roman elegy in Hilda Hilst’s Discontinuous and remote ode for the flute and oboe. From Ariadne to Dionysus (1969), was accepted for publication in Classical Receptions Journal. Fernando also taught Great Books 201 (Gods, men, and classical literature) to fifteen students who particularly enjoyed reading Amphitruo, Odyssey, and book 4 (and only book 4) of the Aeneid
  • Antonello Mastronardi completed his Museum Studies internship at the American Numismatic Society. After cataloguing several cistophori from the first half of the 2nd c. to the end of the Republican period, he gave a talk, "Another Cistophoric Mystery: The ATRA Series and Its Role in the Late-Republic" at the Long Table series of the ANS.
  • Caroline Murphy-Racette went camping in Sweden and attended a conference in Oxford about song and poetry in ancient Greece and the Near East (where Jonathan Ready spoke).
  • Rob Santucci taught a self-designed CLCIV class titled, "What Does Ancient Rome Taste Like?" He and his students explored what the experience of eating meant for the Ancient Romans — and, perhaps more importantly, what exactly it is about Rome that encourages such food-rich reception. He also just published a fan-studies approach to Seneca's Apocolocyntosis in the new issue of Classical World. This fall he will present his dissertation research on eating in Seneca at Seneca 2022, an international conference in Lisbon, Portugal.


Congratulations to our recent graduates:


  • Rob Santucci - Seneca and the History of Roman Eating (Director: Ruth Caston and Basil Dufallo)
  • Malia Piper - The Misunderstood Meretrix: Luxuria, Negotium, and Amicitia in Roman Comedy (Director: Ruth Caston)
  • Justin Barney - Plato and Aristotle on the Efficacy of Religious Practice (Directors: Ruth Scodel and Richard Janko) 

Visiting Assistant Professorship at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo

  • Anna Cornel - An Other View: Intersectional Identity in Classical Greece (Director: Sara Forsdyke)

Teacher of classical languages at Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, Utrecht, Netherlands.


Recent Awards

  • Alex Tarbet - Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, 2022-23.
  • Justin Barney - Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2021-2022
  • Drew Cabaniss - Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2021-2022
  • Nadhira Hill - Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for 2021-2022
  • William Soergel - Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship for 2021-22
  • David Morphew - ProQuest Dissertation Prize (2019): Passionate Platonism: Plutarch on the Positive Role of Non-Rational Affects in the Good Life


SCS 2022 Talks


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