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CLASSU Spring Social, Elections, and Journal Launch (CLASSULASSU III)!

The end of the school term is almost here, which means CLASSU’s Spring Social is coming up! There will be free food, plenty of cake, all of your favourite people, democracy, AND a celebration of undergraduate research!

On Thursday, March 29th, from 5-8pm, in LI 220, join CLASSU for our CLASSULASSU III! What does CLASSULASSU stand for, you ask? Come out to find out!

Starting at 5:30, we will be holding elections for our Summer Senate 2018. If you are interested in running to be an executive on the CLASSU Senate, please visit our Elections page for forms and more information.

After the elections, we will be launching Volume IV of Plebeian, CLASSU’s Undergraduate Journal on the Classical World! Come out to grab a free copy of this year’s journal, and celebrate your peers for their excellent research.

And last but not least, be sure to come out if for no other reason than to enjoy all of our free food (catered) and cake (plentiful, we promise)! Celebrate the end of term with CLASSU!

Assembly of the Plebs, Department Party, and More!

CLASSU has a ton of events coming up in the next month weeks, so we have listed them all below. Mark your calendars!

CLASSU Events & Initiatives

This Friday, March 9th, from 10:30-3:30, come out to LI 220 for the (Fourth Annual) Assembly of the Plebs Undergraduate Conference on the Classical World! Come and listen to your peers present their research all day long. A full schedule is available on our website or on the Facebook event. Breakfast and lunch provided. See you all there!

At the Assembly of the Plebs conference, pick up an election form if you are interested in running for CLASSU’s Summer Senate! We are looking for a President, a Vice-President, and three Senators. The Summer Senate’s duty is to compile Anti-Calendar survey responses as well as plan for the upcoming year. This Senate then automatically is part of the 2018-19 full CLASSU Senate. Elections themselves will be at our year-end Social, on Thursday, March 29th. Do consider running and being a part of our award-winning Course Union! Forms will be available afterwards in the CLASSU Lounge (LI 009).

Interested in a Classics/Classical Civilizations major/minor? OR, interested in Graduate School (whether in Classics or other)? On Friday, March 23rd, CLASSU will be holding an info session for each! From 1-2, in LI 009, join us with Professor Eph Lytle (Undergraduate Coordinator) for information on the Classics Department and program enrolment on the whole. From 2-3, in LI 220, join Eph Lytle, Erik Gunderson (Graduate Coordinator), and Sarah Murray (Assistant Professor) for a Grad School Info Session! And finally, from 3-4, in LI 009, join CLASSU as well as some of the department’s Graduate Students for a more informal Grad School Q&A. It will be a fun afternoon that will answer all of your questions! Refreshments will be provided as always.

This is it, folks! On Thursday, March 29th, from 5-8pm in LI 220, join CLASSU for our final event of the year–CLASSULASSU III! Our joint Social, Elections, and Journal Launch! We will be electing our 2018 Summer Senate, launching Plebeian Vol.IV, and celebrating the end of term with plenty of food and, more importantly, CAKE! Get ready for a great time!

Reading Groups

Interested in Critical Theory, but don’t know where to start? Want a chance to read more but also discuss it with peers and those more advanced? Join CLASSU’s Critical Theory Reading Group, led by PhD candidate Chiara Graf. If you are interested in joining, please email for more information and the reading for our next meeting, on Friday, March 16th at 4pm in LI 009.

Departmental Events

Professor Lynn Kozak (McGill) will be bringing their serialized interpretive Homer performances to Toronto! They will be performing at 3pm on Wednesday, March 14 in LI 205 – don’t miss this special opportunity!

Graduating this year? The department will be holding a mini graduation and will give out “diplomas” as made by Professor Bruun at 4pm on April 6th in LI205. Please RSVP to with your name as you would like it to appear on your diploma. Food and drinks will be served.

Interested in the place of Classics in the modern world? UTM is holding a lecture with special guest Prof. Neville Morley (University of Exeter) entitled Classics and the World Today 2: Authority and Non-Conformity in the Ancient World. The lecture will take place at 5:30 on March 15 in IB 245. Limited shuttle bus tickets are available—email CLASSU if you would like to reserve one!


A student at UC Berkeley has recently started a microgrant fund for Classics undergraduate students! Essentially, you can use this fund to request small “grants” to help you out over the course of your study. For more information, visit the website here.

Call for Papers!

Paper submissions for Plebeian Vol. IV are now open!

PLEBEIAN Cover Photo

We are looking for papers to be presented at our conference on Friday 9 March 2018. Papers presented at The Assembly of the Plebs, our conference, will be published in Volume IV of Plebeian.

Any student registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science in the 2017-2018 academic year is eligible to submit a paper. The paper may have been written before this current term.

The paper must have a maximum word count of 4,000 and be related in some way to the Classical world. We encourage papers that engage not just with topics within the traditional scope of Classical studies (e.g. Greek and Roman history, philology, reception), but also with other disciplines, including, but not limited to, Mediaeval studies, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, philosophy, English, and the social sciences. We strongly encourage you to consider submitting papers (original or revised) that received A-range grades in CLA260, 300- and 400-level courses, and independent studies (although you are not required to disclose the grade). Papers should be formatted using the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition. Please also note that papers which are focussed on close, sustained analysis of a classical text should engage with the text in the original Latin or Greek.

We will also consider pieces of writing related to the field of Classics that do not conform to standards of academic writing (e.g. translations of classical texts, creative nonfiction, poetry).

Papers must be sent to us electronically in a .doc or .docx file format, titled as “Firstname.Lastname-Plebeian 2018”, to (e.g. “Bob.Cicero-Plebeian 2018” for Bob Cicero).

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Once the deadline has passed, we will select up to eight papers for presentation at the conference and publication in Plebeian. Submitters must be available throughout the winter term for three rounds of editing, meetings with their editors, and on the day of the conference, Friday 9 March 2018.

Please email your submissions and questions to before Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Greek in Greece Program!

Forwarded from Professor Burgess:

This summer, May 31 to July 8, Ohio University and the University of Patras are offering a five-week study abroad program that features an intense study of ancient Greek. Greek in Greece offers students who have had one or more years study of ancient Greek the opportunity to complete a full year of ancient Greek at either the intermediate or advanced level. The program’s pedagogical model emphasizes immersive group work and sight reading that enables students to progress faster in the ancient language than is possible during the regular semester. Each student will take a full year of ancient Greek, two three-credit courses (graduate students four-credit), at either the intermediate or advanced level.

For further details about costs, available scholarships, curriculum, and the aforementioned comments of Greek in Greece alums, go to Or contact Prof. Jim Andrews at

For further information on funding details, click here for the full poster!

Associate Editor Applications Now Open

Have experience editing academic papers? Want to work as part of a team of editors to select the papers that will be published in Plebeian Vol. IV, and then work directly with the author of the paper to make it the best it can be?

Apply now to be an Associate Editor for CLASSU’s Undergraduate Journal, Plebeian!

Information as to what the role entails specifically can be found on the application form below. Forms are due by Sunday, November 19th at 5:00pm, to be emailed to, after which there will be an interview process. We are hiring seven (7) Associate Editors, who will work closely with each other, the Editor-in-Chief, and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Get in those applications ASAP!

 Click here for the Associate Editor Application Form!

CLASSU/TIFF Ticket Giveaway!?!?!

You heard right!! TIFF, as part of a tribute to Guillermo del Toro, is hosting a screening of Jason and the Argonauts (1963) on Saturday, November 4th at 8:45PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre. It is an awesome chance to see a classic about Classics  on the big screen at a swanky theatre, so make sure you get tickets (student pricing available).

TIFF has reached out to CLASSU and wants to offer our undergraduate students the chance to win two tickets to the showing! That’s right, the chance to kick off Fall Reading Week correctly–by being classy with CLASSU at TIFF!

Entries are due in by noon on November 1st. You can enter one of three ways:

  1. Come to CLASSU’s Halloween Pub Night IN COSTUME on Thursday, October 26th, and give us your email address!
  2. Order a Classics Department hoodie by Halloween, and mark on your order form that you’d like to be entered for tickets.
  3. Send CLASSU an email telling us what your favourite Classics-related film is, and how much you’d like to see it at an upcoming CLASSU Movie Night!

The winner will be announced the evening of November 1st! Thanks, TIFF!

Peer Mentorship Program

Are YOU a new or lower-year student who wants to meet new people (who are also studying Classics) and get some insight into the way this wild institution that is UofT works?

Or, are YOU an upper-year student with insights to give who wants to meet new people and gain some valuable mentorship experience?

Sign up now for CLASSU’s Peer Mentorship Program! We will match pairs of lower- and upper-year students based on common interests, make sure the both of you can keep in contact online or on your own, and hold occasional PMP lunches to meet each other and hang out in person (with free lunch)!

Click here for the sign-up form for CLASSU’s PMP 2017/18.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief Applications Now Available

Are you confident in your editing skills and want to be part of the production of  CLASSU’s undergraduate journal, Plebeian? Apply now for our position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief! As Deputy EIC, you will:

  • Serve as the second-in-command, backup Chief
  • Advise on design, deadlines, and meetings
  • Hire Associate Editors, and assist with replacements
  • Read and rank all paper submissions
  • Give input on editorial decisions presented to the Editing Team
  • Edit two papers with a partnered Editing Team member
  • Observe deadlines for returning drafts to Submitters
  • Meet with the authors of the two assigned papers at least once

The deadline for applications is October 10th, 2017, so get your applications in ASAP! Form below.

Click here for the Plebeian DEIC Application Form 2017-18

Election & Referendum Results

Salvete, omnes!

The results are in from our Fall Election, and CLASSU’s Senate 2017-2018 is as follows:

President: Samantha Mazzilli
Vice-President: Laura Harris
Treasurer: Elizabeth Colonna
Secretary: Mickey Bahlbi
Genevieve Crispin-Frei
Ellie Morum
Paul Nunez
Allison Suba
Felipe Vallejo
Seraphina Vasilodimitrakis-Hart
Julia Wyganowski

Congratulations to our newly-elected Senators, and thank you to all those who ran–we had a record-breaking number of candidates, all of which were wonderful, intelligent, talented people whom CLASSU hopes will come out to our events and hang out with us in the lounge.

CLASSU also voted in favour of adopting the latest edition of our Constitution, which is now available to be read on our About page.

Thank you all for coming out and eating cake with us, and we can’t wait to have a great year with you all!

Harry C. Maynard Scholarships

A message from the Ontario Classical Association: information for this year’s Harry C. Maynard scholarships for undergraduate students has come out, and is attached to this post! Best of luck!

Maynard Application Package, October 2017

Maynard Poster 2017