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Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

The big news this year is the retirement (say it isn’t so!) of Helen Moritz at the end of this fall quarter. Helen came to Santa Clara in 1977 and oversaw the introduction and development of the Department of Classics. Additionally, Helen served in numerous administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Dean of Academic Support Services, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and interim Chair of the English Department (!). She has taught all levels of Greek and Latin since she first arrived, and developed and taught innumerable culture and literature-in-translation classes for the department and core. Where she found the time to publish 28 articles and reviews no one will ever know. Plans are well underway for her retirement party on December 8th. We’ll post more on this event later this term.

For the first time in four decades, the department is without John Dunlap, who retired at the end of last year. We wish him well in his retirement!  But we are delighted to welcome Dr. Lissa Crofton-Sleigh to our department, who will be teaching the Beginning Latin sequence, Classical Myth, and two sections of our freshman C&I sequence.

Exciting News: The department has been given permission from the Provost to search for two new colleagues. One will be a three-year lectureship for a philologist to replace John Dunlap. The second position is for a new tenure-track position in material culture.

Scott LaBarge continues his dual lives as philosopher and classicist, teaching a core freshman course in fall and his Socrates course in the spring for us. Having too many talents for his own good, Mick McCarthy remains Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and will not be teaching Classics courses this year.

Dan Turkeltaub is on paternity leave this fall. He returns in winter and spring to pick up the Beginning Greek sequence as well as Plato and Homer for our advanced Greek courses and a section of C&I.

The department is fortunate to have both of our lecturers returning this year. Carolynn Roncaglia will be teaching the upper-division history sequence as well as sections of the freshman core and upper-division Latin. Rachel Knudsen’s classes include Beginning Greek, upper-division Latin, and the freshman core course.

Bill Greenwalt will be teaching a C&I section and his new Democracy course, as well as Introduction to Ancient Studies. John Heath offers his Ancient Eros course in fall and a C&I section in winter, along with language courses in Intermediate Latin, Euripides, and Virgil.

The department would probably collapse (and the chair certainly would) without the good will and extreme competence of Judy Gillette. We are extremely pleased that our new Classics House (which has shaped up quite nicely) has its own administrative office in which Judy can set up shop.


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