Dr. Aileen Ajootian named ASCSA Whitehead Professor

Aileen_AjootianDr. Aileen Ajootian of the Department of Classics has been selected to serve as Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for 2014-2015. In this prestigious position, Dr. Ajootian will reside at the American School and continue her research project treating several large but fragmentary Roman architectural sculpture programs excavated in the Forum at ancient Corinth. Upon completion, the study will be submitted to the ASCSA for publication in their series of Corinth volumes. In addition, she will teach a seminar to the Regular Members of the School, who are graduate students in Classics from US and Canadian universities. As Dr. Ajootian describes it, the seminar, Studying Ancient Sculpture: From Apotheke and Marble Pile to Publication, “is designed to encourage young scholars to focus on ancient sculpture, to help them learn current methods of analysis, to guide them through the process — from visual analysis and physical description to research, interpretation, and publication.” The University of Mississippi has been Cooperating Institution of the American School for many years, and Dr. Ajootian herself has maintained a close research relationship with the School throughout her years at the University.

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This summer saw two (!) groups of University of Mississippi Classics students embark on faculty led study abroad experiences in Rome with Department of Classics faculty.

At Ostia 5/16/14.

At Ostia 5/16/14.

Right after graduation this May, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger set off for the Urbs Aeterna with six young women for a Maymester intensive study of Rome and its surrounding area. Covering as much ground as we could in ten “class” days made for some achy feet, but the group reports they appreciated the bodily experience that walking the city gave them and learned more than they could have imagined.  Read more about their adventures at umissinrome.wordpress.com.

On the beach at Paestum.

On the beach at Paestum, 6/13/14.

Just as Dr. Pasco-Pranger’s group left Rome, another seven UMiss students, along with a student from Brown University, met Dr. Hilary Becker to begin a month long archaeological field school experience centered on the excavations at S. Omobono.  That group is still in the field, learning a variety archaeological tools and methods and working actively on the site.  They’ve also taken field trips around the city and to Caere, Orvieto and Campania.  Follow the progress of the field school at https://sites.google.com/site/umissinromefieldschool/.

We’re excited about these faculty-led opportunities for our students and hope to repeat and expand on them soon!

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Congratulations to 2014 Classics graduates!

Drs. Cook, Lobur, Becker and Pasco-Pranger at convocation.  Drs. Ajootian, Fenno and Hame offer their congratulations in absentia!

Drs. Cook, Lobur, Becker and Pasco-Pranger at convocation. Drs. Ajootian, Fenno and Hame offer their congratulations in absentia!

We had another bumper crop of excellent Classics majors graduate this year and sent them off in style on 5/10/14.  Our heartiest congratulations to Kaitlyn Barnes, Amanda Cummings, Kathryn Fowler, Megan Fowler, Amanda Griffith, Tess Hill, Ben Jacques, Vinod Kannuthurai, Alex Kitson, Jennifer Liverett, Stephen Macoy, Aaron McMillin, Charlie Pritchard, Alex Rhea, and Brandon Wehking.

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3/19 Lecture on Dido and Aeneas by Dr. Megan Drinkwater

dido and aeneasPlease join the Department of Classics for a public lecture by Dr. Megan Drinkwater of Agnes Scott College.  In this talk, “Future Imperfect: Dido and Aeneas in Ovid’s Heroides 7 and Virgil’s Aeneid,” Dr. Drinkwater explores how Ovid’s poem disrupts the national mythology of Virgil’s epic.  The talk will be Wednesday, March 19th at 5:30 P.M. in Bryant 209.

Please call 662-915-7097 or 662-915-7020 if you need more information or special assistance.

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