Department News

Summer 2016

August 2016

Macalester Students Write More SMAC
The latest issue of Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity and Classics (SMAC) is now available online. The journal features the outstanding research of Macalester undergraduates in the study of ancient Mediterranean people and cultures. The students in Spring 2016 CLAS 362: Intermediate Greek Poetry served as the editorial board for this issue. Find it here.

July 2016

Classics Alum Report
Machal Gradoz '12 shared news and a picture. She says, "I'm currently working on a survey project in Greece with Joey Frankl '14 and Grace Erny '11, and we, being the proud Mac alumni we are, staged a photo op at a Hellenistic fortification in our survey area. We thought you all might enjoy it, so I've attached it. It's great to be back with them and reminisce about both Macalester and Omrit!"
She is headed to Ann Arbor this fall to start at IPCAA's PhD program at the University of Michigan, where, Machal tells us, "Kate Larson '05 just finished her PhD, so I'll just miss her, but I hope to represent the Mac name as well as she did!" Joey Frankl adds that he "just finished the second year of my Masters in Classical Archaeology at CU Boulder (following in Grace and Machal's footsteps)."
Machal Gradoz, Grace Erny and Joey Frankl

Spring 2016

May 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter Available Now
The spring 2016 issue of Antiquity Now, the Classic Department's newsletter, is available now.  In it you will find pictures and interviews and stories about: 2016 department prizes, alumni news, courses that will be offered in the fall, ​Classics' study away programs; and more news, including news about Beth Severy-Hoven winning Macalester's Rossman Excellence in Teaching Award, and opportunities that appeal to classicists.​ The latest issue of Antiquity Now is available here.   Newsletter Archives are here.

April 2016
Beth wins Rossman awardBeth Severy-Hoven Wins Macalester Teaching Award
Beth Severy-Hoven has been awarded Macalester’s 2016 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”
We are delighted that the award committee selected her from among an outstanding cohort of excellent teachers, thankful to her students for being a big part of her success, and truly lucky to have her as a colleague who sets a constant example of excellence, generosity, and balance for us all. Please join us in congratulating Beth on this fitting acknowledgment of her contributions.
Read the full Award citation here.

Performance of Plautus’ "Curculio"
Curculio cast
On March 9, students from St. Olaf performed Plautus’ ancient Roman comedy "Curculio" in a musical mixture of English and Latin, under the direction of Saint Olaf professor Anne Groton. The audience included Classics students and professors, and nearly one hundred students from Parnassus Preparatory school, a college preparatory classical K-12 institution.

Macalester Classics' Own Journal: Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity and Classics
The students in CLAS 362: Intermediate Greek Poetry serve as the editorial board for issues of the journal Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity and Classics in Spring 2016. SMAC features the outstanding research of Macalester undergraduates in the study of ancient Mediterranean people and cultures. Papers address the languages, literatures, material culture, societies or history of the broad ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece, Rome and the Middle East. SMAC is published online, and issues can be viewed  at

The Classics Department is sponsored two events in March:

The first was Plautus’ "Curculio" performed in a mixture of Latin and English on our campus by St. Olaf students. The show took place on Wednesday, March 9th. Flier here.

The second was a field trip to a dance performance of DIDO AND AENEAS with live orchestra, chorus, and soloists conducted by Mark Morris at the Northrup Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Flier here.

January in Rome
Forum 2016 January.jpg
Nanette Goldman, Brian Lush, and Andy Overman led a group of 23 on an exploration of Rome for the winter break course, "January in Rome." One participant, Michelle Coblens, Classics major, 2016, made a video about it. See it here.

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Now
The fall 2015​ issue of Antiquity Now, the Classic Department's newsletter, is available now.  In it you will find pictures and interviews and stories about: one student's​ study away experience, alumni news, courses that will be offered in the spring, ​upcoming study away programs, an Omrit 2015 photo album​; and more news, including news about about newly-tenured Professor Brian Lush, Arabic House, capstones, and opportunities that appeal to classicists.​ The latest issue of Antiquity Now Is Available Here.   Newsletter Archives Are Here.

Opportunity Updates on the Classics Website
An "O​pportunity U​pdates" section is now available on our website. It's a place to look for nice-to-know things that our department is often asked to share with our students: calls for papers, internship opening notices, recruiting, grad and study away program notices, and more. Find It Here.

Spring 2015

King Herod Comes to Saint Paul 
The Classics Department hosted an event about Archaeological Discovery, Architectural Preservation, and Experiential Education in Northern Israel on Thursday, May 28. The speakers were the President Yona Chen of Tel-Hai College in Northern Israel and Professor Andrew Overman of Macalester. The public was invited to this first public lecture about a unique collaboration between Macalester and Tel Hai in Northern Israel. It was an opportunity to hear about the exciting discovery of Herod’s Temple complex at Tel Omrit by local students and scholars which has ​cast new light on Roman, Jewish and Christian history in Northern Israel; and learn about the crucial cooperative effort to save these discoveries for future generations. A brochure about the project can be found here

Fall 2014

Introduction to Museum Studies Exhibition      
Students in the Introduction to Museum Studies course have created exhibits that are on display December 8-11, 2014 in multiple campus locations. To learn more about their projects, and to find out where to see the exhibits, see the catalog here.

MESIC night at Arabic House
Arabic House will host an event about the house and the MESIC concentration on Monday, November 17 from 5-6. For a further details, see the flier here.

Consider Classics Courses for Spring 2015
Classics courses explore the literature, cultures, and archaeological remains of the ancient Mediterranean world. The languages taught in Classics: Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin; are utilized as the basis of interpretation of ancient texts, societies, and material culture. Students find that study of the ancient Mediterranean sheds much light on contemporary problems, concepts, and values.  We've created a handy handout to help you decide where to begin in Classics. Find it here.
Registration for Spring 2015 runs November 17-December 5.

Introducing Antiquity Now
The first issue of Antiquity Now, the Classic Department's newsletter (linked here) was published in early October.  In it you will find pictures and interviews and stories about: some of the many ways students pursued their classics interests during the summer; a report from the new Arabic Cottage; a listing of the latest Classics Department prize recipients, including the new Jeremiah Reedy Prize; updates from our professors, exciting new courses offered by the department this year, and information about how you can help support travel and research for our students.

Spring 2014

Arabic Cottage Opens in Fall 2014
Starting in September 2014, the Classics Department's Arabic language students have the option of living in The Arabic Cottage.  An article about the new opportunity appeared in this issue of the Mac Weekly.

Modern Tools for Ancient History
Professor Andy Overman's Roman World course had a unique assignment this semester - an Essignment. Students selected a crucial aspect of Roman History from the syllabus and designed a web-based project. Some were digitial shorts, some videos, others elaborate and colorful powerpoint presentations on dynamic chapters in Roman History. The class held a vote to choose their favorite.

Click on these links to view some of the top vote-getting Essignments from the course:

And the winning Essignment: