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  • LASSICS KEEPS GROWING. Lastyear our deans approved twosearches, an exceptional commit-

    ment to a moderately sized departmentand a gratifying sign of recognition of ouroutstanding record in teaching andresearch. We were able to hire ChristopherKrebs, formerly at Harvard, to shore upour Latin program and build new strengthsin the areas of historiography and rheto-ric. The second appointment allowed usto expand our archaeology program byadding a third classical archae-ologist. A recent Penn PhD andNYU postdoc and already anestablished scholar of underwa-ter archaeology and heritagemanagement, Justin Leidwangerwill add whole new areas ofexpertise to our department.While he is completing a secondpostdoctoral fellowship inToronto, his place is being filledfor the current academic year byAlicia Jimnez, a specialist in ancient Iber-ian archaeology. As the icing on the cake,the noted Latinist and reception scholarAndrew Laird has joined us from Warwickas this years Webster Visiting Professor.

    In July, the time had come to say goodbyeto our most outstanding department man-ager in living memory, Ryan Johnson, whowas very deservedly promoted to run amuch bigger department on the engineer-ing side of campus. During the previousfour years he had made an enormous con-tribution to our program, for which weremain in his debt. Luckily for us, this posi-tion was recently filled by Valerie Kiszka,the multiple-award-winning former stu-dent services administrator of Stanfords

    sprawling Biology Department, where sheused to handle hundreds (and hundreds)of students. Her outstanding track record,and the continuing presence of our enter-prising student services officer Lori LynnTaniguchi and our surefooted administra-tive associate Margo Keeley, leave nodoubt that we are once again in goodhands.

    Recent years have witnessed unprece-dented growth in the number of Classics

    majors, and we are doing ourbest to keep it this way. MaudGleason has kindly agreed tostep in as Director of Under-graduate Studies while Gio-vanna Ceserani enjoys her NewDirections Fellowship from theMellon Foundation (the secondtime our department has wonthis award). John Klopaczremains a pillar of strength forour undergraduate Latin pro-

    gram, and we are grateful to our tirelessemeritus Marsh McCall for his continuingcontribution to undergraduate Greek. Thereplacement of the Introduction to theHumanities courses for freshmen with anew program, Thinking Matters, has givenus an opportunity to redesign our offer-ings. We have launched new gatewaycourses on ancient athletics and ancientEgypt and are in the process of develop-ing entire series of core courses that willhelp undergraduates pursue their inter-ests in a reliably structured format.

    Commencement witnessed the inventionof what I hope will become a new tradi-tion, as our alum Carey Perloff, artistic

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    Faculty and Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    New Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Eitner Lectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Faculty News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    Graduate Student Stories . . . . . . . . . . 14

    ORBIS Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    Undergraduate Student Stories . . . . 19

    Recent Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

    Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    SCIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    Graduate Student News . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

    Alumni News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Staff Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

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    2 S TA N F O R D U N I V E R S I T Y

    EMERITI: Mark EdwardsMarsh McCall, Jr.

    (Recalled for 2012-13)Edward SpoffordSusan TreggiariMichael Wigodsky

    CHAIR:Walter Scheidel

    DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES:Grant Parker

    DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES:Maud Gleason

    PROFESSORS:Alessandro BarchiesiAndrew DevineRichard MartinIan MorrisReviel NetzAndrea NightingaleJosiah OberAnastasia-Erasmia PeponiRush RehmRichard Saller (Dean,

    Humanities & Sciences)Walter ScheidelMichael ShanksSusan Stephens

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Giovanna CeseraniChristopher B. KrebsJody MaxminGrant ParkerJennifer Trimble

    COURTESY PROFESSORS:Chris BobonichAlan CodeCharlotte FonrobertIan HodderBissera PentchevaSteven WeitzmanCaroline WintererYiqun Zhou

    LECTURERS:Maud GleasonJohn Klopacz

    RESEARCH SCHOLAR:Adrienne Mayor

    ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:Valerie Kiszka

    (Department Manager) Lori Lynn Taniguchi

    (Student Services Officer)Margo Keeley

    (Administrative Associate)

    director of the American Conservatory The-ater in San Francisco, kindly accepted ourinvitation to be our first departmental com-mencement speaker and shared her ownClassics experience with our graduatingstudents and their families.

    Under Grant Parkers leadership, the grad-uate program is likewise doing well. Anunusually large cohort entered the pro-gram last year, and we were once againable to welcome most of our top candi-dates this fall. Several of our new andrecent alums defied the sluggish job mar-ket by securing tenure-track positions: AlDuncan at the University of Utah, SarahLevin-Richardson at the University of SanDiego, Darian Totten at Davidson College,Brett Rogers at the University of Portland,and Lidewijde de Jong in her native Nether-lands. Melissa Bailey took a postdoc atNorthwestern. But this was also the yearwhen the debate about the nature and thefuture of the PhD in the Humanities finally

    heated up, and Classics should have muchto offer in the process of rethinking thisformat: What is a Classics PhD for? Shouldthe requirements for all candidates be thesame? Questioning apparent certaintieswill pose challenges but also open newopportunities. Classics, after all, does notmerely prepare students for academicpositions; it can do much more than that.

    In order not only to survive but to prosper,Classics must make its voice heard wellbeyond the Ivory Tower: outreach is essen-tial. Mary Beards visit as our 2011-12Lorenz Eitner Lecturer (once again spon-sored by our generous benefactors Peterand Lindsay Joost) brought to our campusone of the worlds leading promoters andpopularizers of Classics in electronic mediaold and new. And we just continued in thisvein with this falls Eitner lecture by PeterMeineck of NYU, who has made a namefor himself with his innovative productionsof ancient plays. Our colleague Rush Rehmcontinues to be active in the same area:his Wanderings of Odysseus was just

    staged in Athens and here on campus.Speaking of drama, last years perform-ance of a heavily updated version of Aristo-phanes Assemblywomen by our graduatestudents set new standards for raucous-ness, which would surely have pleased theauthor. ORBIS, our new interactive simu-lation of connectivity in the Roman world,attracted hundreds of thousands of visi-tors and global media coverage withinweeks of its launch in May, reminding usof the size of the potential audience forclassical matters. The challenge lies inreaching this audience. Digital Humani-ties approaches are already a crucialmeans to this end and are bound to growfurther in importance. Our unique locationin the heart of Silicon Valley puts our pro-gram in a superb position to contribute tothe fostering of Classics in this rapidlychanging world. Help from many sourceswill be necessary. If you support StanfordClassics, you invest in the future of thefield.

    Walter Scheidel, Chair

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    Classics Department Faculty and Staff

  • 3D E PA R TM E N T O F C L A S S I C S

    ANDREW LAIRD is Professor ofClassical Literature at Warwick Univer-sity, and he has recently held visitingpositions at UNAM and the University ofSalamanca. His books include The Roleof Latin in the Early Modern World: Lin-guistic Identity and Nationalism, 1350-1800, edited with Alejandro Coroleu andCarlo Caruso (Aarhus and Copenhagen2012); Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford2006); The Epic of America: Rafael Land-var and the Rusticatio Mexicana (London2006); A Companion to the Prologue ofApuleius Metamorphoses (Oxford 2001),co-edited with Ahuvia Kahane; and Pow-ers of Expression, Expressions of Power:Speech Presentation and Latin Literature

    (Oxford 1999). AtStanford he is con-tributing to thesurvey of Latin lit-erature for gradu-ates and teachinga further course, Aztecs, Romans,Spaniards, on classical learning and themediation of native traditions in six-teenth-century colonial Mexico.

    Andrew LairdVisiting Professor and Webster Distinguished

    Lecturer, Autumn 2012

    ALICIA recently was a postdoctoralresearch fellow working at University Col-lege London (Institute of Archaeology)and Glasgow University (Archaeology,School of Humanities) as part of theMaterial Connections: Mobility, Materi-ality and Mediterranean Identities proj-ect, jointly directed by Peter van Domme-len, Bernard Knapp, and Michael Row-lands. She is author of Imagines hibridae:una aproximacin postcolonialista a lasnecrp