Department News

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 our. 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 will host an event about Archaeological Discovery, Architectural Preservation, and Experiential Education in Northern Israel on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm in Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, 62 Macalester Street. The speakers are the President Yona Chen of Tel-Hai College in Northern Israel and Professor Andrew Overman of Macalester. The public is invited to this first public lecture about a unique collaboration between Macalester and Tel Hai in Northern Israel. It's 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: