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New and Returning Classics Faculty in 2011

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Adjunct Lecturers Carolynn Roncaglia and H. Christian Blood join the Classics program.

Classics House is happy to welcome Carolynn Roncaglia (Ph.D. U.C. Berkely), as our adjunct lecturer in Ancient History for 2011-2012. Professor Roncaglia's research interests include Roman history, Greek and Latin epigraphy, and Greco-Roman Egypt. She will be teaching our ancient history sequence, which this year includes courses on Ancient Greece and Hellenistic History. In fall she is offering a Latin reading course on Roman letters, particularly those of Pliny and Cicero. She will also be teaching the second half of our Heroes and Heroism C&I sequence, and a course of Roman imperialism.

We are also delighted that H. Christian Blood (Ph.D. U.C. Santa Cruz) will be teaching the introductory section of our Heroes and Heroism C&I sequence, as well as the second half of our Gods and Mortals sequence in spring. His research interests and future publications include the history of Great Books program in the United States, the relationship between Classics and Transgender Studies and the Nachleben of Apuleius, Seneca, and Petronius in 18th-century Anglophone literature.

Once again this year, there have been some big changes in our little department. Our two Lecturers from last year, Jason Schlude and Peter Lech, have moved on to tenure-track positins (Duquesne and U. Mass Boston, respectively. Congratulations-you will be missed! Also missed will be Associate Professor Mick McCarthy, who is now the Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU. Associate Professor Scott LaBarge has returned from sabbatical and will be teaching three courses each for Classics and Philosophy, including his first offering of a section of Heroes and Heroism, a sequence he developed for Classics. Professor WIlliam Greenwalt continues to teach a limited load (including a new course in the core) for Classics while serving as Director of Honors, Fellowship, and the LEAD Scholars Program. Fortunately for the department, helen Moritz has returned to us (relatively unscathed!) from her year as interim Chair of English. She is teaching the Odyssey, Catullus, a C&I section of Gods and Mortals, and Classical Tragedy in Translation, and will be on sabbatical in spring. Assistant Professor Dan Turkeltaub begins his second year in a tenure-track position, teaching the Beginning Greek sequence, Classical Myth, and both halves of a C&I sequence. Senior Lecturer John Dunlap will be offering his popular Classics in Cinema course in winter as well as his C&I sequence on Natural law, and he will be on sabbatical in spring. Professor John Heath is teaching the Beginning Latin sequence, Vergil's Georgics, and, as punishment for some grevious error in a past life, continues to serve as chair of the department.

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