Proposed School of Cities


Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
To: Graduate and Undergraduate Students in the Faculty of Arts & Science
From: Joshua Barker, Vice-Dean, Graduate Education
Re: Consultation Process in Arts & Science for proposed School of Cities – Student Town Hall Meetings

As you may have heard, we are embarking on a consultation process for a proposed School of Cities at the University of Toronto. The Faculty of Arts and Science will be the academic and budgetary home of the proposed School. While we expect that there will be broad participation across the University, there are six Divisions with a critical mass of urbanists that are currently primarily engaged in planning for a School of Cities:

  • Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
  • Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • University of Toronto Scarborough

As Vice-Dean, Graduate Education, I will be leading consultations across the University’s three campuses. As part of the consultation process, we want to hear from all interested students in the Faculty of Arts & Science. We will be holding two town hall meetings: one for graduate students, and one for undergraduate students. Details about these meetings are included below. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

Feedback can also be submitted via email at a&

The consultations are expected to result in a draft proposal for the creation of a new Extra-Departmental Unit (EDU), which will be brought to governance in Fall 2017.

Town Hall for Undergraduates:

10:00-11:00 on Friday, 10 March, Sidney Smith Hall Room 2118

(Then come to CLASSU’s Assembly of the Plebs Conference!)

If you plan to attend one of the town halls, please kindly RSVP to


Congratulations, you’ve just about made it to the home stretch of the year! We at CLASSU have some exciting events coming up this March, as well as some things that are not events but still exciting!

NEW!!! CLASSICS-themed Merchandise!

Does the UofT Bookstore’s lack of CLASSICS clothing bother you? Do you feel ignored, being relegated to the anonymous moniker of ARTS AND SCIENCE? Cast off your feelings of neglect and rejoice, for CLASSU’s got you covered—order an (unofficially) Official Department of Classics hoodie brought to you by the Classics Students’ Union Senate. 

For only $25.00, a lovely navy or grey hoodie can be yours. Click here for details!

Friday 3 March 2017 – 1:00p.m. – LI 009

Come get your trivia on with CLASSU and VicTrivia! Snacks provided, of course.

Oral Reading Club Meeting
Wednesday 8 March 2017 – 2:00-3:00p.m. – LI 009

Do you fancy yourself the latest Demosthenes or Cicero? Have you been doing your breathing exercises? Or neither? Come out to the Lounge anyways! See past performances here.

Assembly of the Plebs Undergraduate Conference
Friday 10 March 2017 – 10:30a.m.-3:30p.m. – LI 220

Join us for our third annual undergraduate conference. Click on the link to see the whole schedule and Facebook event. For back issues of Plebeian, check out our website!

Academic Seminar with Professor Welsh about the Impact of Agriculture on Latin Semantics
Friday 17 March 2017 – 1:00-2:00p.m. – LI 220

Come join CLASSU and our own Professor Welsh as he takes a non-systematic look at the role agricultural language plays in Latin and the way in which agriculture provides the semantic arena and analogy for a lot of Latin that has nothing directly to do with farming. Title and Facebook event forthcoming!

Backpacks 2 Briefcases Dinner (RSVP link to be posted soon)
Thursday 23 March 2017 – 6:00p.m. – Faculty Club Dining Room

Join CLASSU and alumni guests of the BA programme in Classics from the University of Toronto (guests TBA) at a free dinner to learn more about career options in “the real world” with a degree in Classics or Classical Civilizations. Space will be limited, so stay tuned for an RSVP link!

We don’t want this email to drag on forever, so we’ll conclude by saying that there are also two more events coming up—the Social/Elections/Journal Launch and the Third Mentorship Lunch/About the Department of Classics POSts Lunch! Check out our Events Page for more info! Nomination forms for the elections will go live in early March.

That’s all from us (for now), so enjoy the last few moments of reading week,

Sam and Willem
On behalf of the CLASSU Senate

Talk on Mycenaean Household Economics


Department of Classics – University of Toronto


Seeking Abundance in Post-Palatial Greece: Household Economics and Community Resilience

 In this paper I compare post-palatial Mycenaean households at three settlements in central Greece: Eleon, Kynos, and Lefkandi: Xeropolis. All of these households were destroyed in violent conflagrations that resulted in a high degree of preservation. I examine three key metrics (household size, storage capacity, and textile production) in order to demonstrate that a high degree of social inequality persisted throughout the post-palatial period. Furthermore, the households with the greatest food storage capacities show evidence for large scale textile production suggesting the manufacture of value-added goods for trade. This bolsters recent evidence for continuity in long distance trade and presents a much more robust picture of the post-palatial economy of Greece challenging previously held notions of decline and stagnation. I reject the currently held position that core-periphery dynamics dictated the formation of the post-palatial landscape and instead propose a model driven by human agents seeking out new opportunities. This paper concludes that environments abundant in resources, connectivity, and new technologies played a crucial role in the development of early Greece.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 4:00 pm

Lillian Massey Building, Room LI205

125 Queen’s Park


CLASSU Goings-on!

Be sure to check out the Events page to see what’s coming up (recently updated)!

1. Classics Department Merch Interest Survey

Are you mad that the U of T Bookstore doesn’t sell Classics Dept. merch? Let us know if you want to remedy that! If there’s enough interest, we’ll solve that problem! Click on this link to go to the form. Note that this is not going to ask for payment—we’re simply seeing whether there’s demand.

 2. CAC Greek Sight Translation Contest

If you’re interested in translating for fame and fortune (literal cash prizes), check out the Classical Association of Canada’s sight translation contests. Greek is Thursday (Thu 26 Jan) in LI 205 at 11:00. Click on the link above to see more details!

3. Backpacks to Briefcases (b2B)

Check out these opportunities! Click on the link to see the latest update!

4. Mediaeval Studies Undergraduate Society Conference

Check out our upstairs neighbours’ conference!

5. Congratulations to Professor Alison Keith

Yesterday, the appointment of Professor Alison Keith as Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute, for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2017, was announced. Professor Keith serves as the Classics Department’s Acting Chair for this year. Congratulations, Professor Keith!

B2b January Opportunities

From the B2b Co-ordinator:

Dear students,

The Faculty of Arts & Science invites you for more Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) events for the Winter term! Take part in b2B career skills workshops and connect with alumni at speed networking events, mentorship dinners, industry networking receptions, and the U of T Next Steps Conference.

Here are a few b2B events you can register for now: 

b2B Speed Networking – Social Sciences
Tuesday, January 24th (6-8pm)
Alumni from various Social Sciences departments will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. Over a series of 10-minute conversations with each group of alumni, you can broaden your connections and increase your exposure to career options. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served!

b2B Industry Night: Careers in Government, Social Justice, Not-for-Profit

b2B Industry Night: Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Wednesday, February 15th (6-8pm)

Thinking about a career in government, social justice, not-for-profit, or STEM fields? Mix and mingle with alumni at this networking reception at Hart House. Make connections and speak with multiple alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science and have gone on to pursue a career in government, social justice, not-for-profit, or STEM. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served!

Register for these b2B networking events at

NOTE: Full participation in the b2B program can be included on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). This involves: attendance at one b2B Career Centre workshop, one student-alumni b2B networking event, and completion of a related b2B reflection activity. Your CCR is an official U of T document that lists approved activities/experiences that you’ve participated in outside the classroom.

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming b2B events – feel free to get in touch if you have questions about the program!


Carlo Siochi & Lara Roccatani

Alumni Relations Officers
Faculty of Arts and Science, Office of Advancement

University of Toronto
Rm 111, The Stewart Building

149 College Street | Toronto, ON | M5T 1P5 | Canada

p.s. Staying Connected through b2B
Learn how to stay connected to the alumni you’ve met at b2B events and through the b2B LinkedIn group. Hear how to grow your network and prepare/practice for informational interviews. Expand your understanding of where your degree could take you in the future. Register at

Wednesday, January 18th (2 – 4pm)

Friday, January 20th (10am – 12pm)

Dig Opportunity for Summer 2017!

As 2016 comes to a close, some of you may be looking for summer plans…we’ve just received this opportunity from a former CLASSU executive who participated on this dig last summer.

The site is a Roman villa in the middle of Portugal. We were working on the bathing complex and there are a lot of existing mosaics still intact, which is pretty neat. Also a lot of coins. And you get to fly drones on surveys!

If you want more information, we’ve got a poster here, and you can get in touch with us and we can put you in contact with the person who did it last year!

Volunteering Opportunity!

Hey everyone,

Just a quick new announcement from Professor Keith about an exciting volunteer activity (featuring potentially free books and definitely free conference attendance):

Professor Keith is looking for another volunteer for the 2017 SCS conference in Toronto–this time for the University of California Press, which needs people to staff the booth during the conference–free badge and apparently free books too! The hours are long: Thu 5 Jan 2:00-6:30; Fri 6 and  Sat 7 Jan 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; and Sun 8 Jan 8 am – 12 noon.

In return, you’ll get three hours off each day for lunch and visiting panels. There has been mention that you might also get some books. If you have the time, it would be extremely appreciated. Please contact for more details!

CAC Sight Translation Contests

The CAC Senior Latin Sight Translation Competition has been scheduled for Thu. 19 Jan. 2017, 12:00 pm in NF 006 (90 minutes; no dictionaries)

The CAC Senior Greek Sight Translation Competition has been scheduled for Thu. 26 Jan. 2017, 11:00 am in LI 205 (90 minutes; no dictionaries)

Prizes and certificates of merit are offered for the best translations, at sight, of a set passage in Latin and for the best translations, at sight of a set passage in Greek:

1st Prize: $150.00
2nd Prize: $100.00
3rd Prize: $50.00

CLASSU Stuff for November!

Greetings! Salvete! Χαίρετε!

We hope that your Study Break has proven to be full of fun and procrastination! If you are running out of ways to procrastinate this week or this month, check out some of these upcoming CLASSU Events! For the sake of brevity, we’ve put the bare minimum for each—click on the links for more information!

Plebeian: Call for Assistant Editors and for Papers!

Get involved! Editor or Author or both? Submit your submissions by Nov 17th and Jan 20th respectively.

Aliens, Romans, and Bears, Oh My! Then Meet ‘n’ Greet Classics Grad Students!

Come hear two cool talks and then talk with the grad students! Friday 18 Nov. from 1-3 and 3-5 respectively. Food and copious amounts of candy will be provided.

CLASSU Pub Night

Come and join us to get #volutum #στρέφθεν #turnt. The Regal Beagle, 7:00 p.m. on Friday 25 November. We’re buying the drinks and nachos. It’s going to be #accensum #ἡμμένον #lit.

Society for Classical Studies Conference

A good volunteering/networking opportunity. Will show you what academics do outside the classroom.  Deadline: Fri. 11 Nov.!

Signing off/valete/χαίρετε!

Willem and/et/και Sam
On behalf of the CLASSU Senate

Plebeian: Call for Papers 2017

The Call for Papers is now available! We are looking for papers to be presented at our conference in March 2017, which will be published in Volume III of Plebeian. We strongly encourage you to consider submitting papers that received A-range grades in 300- and 400-level courses and independent studies, although any and all papers we receive will be considered. The deadline for submissions is Friday 20 January 2017 at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the details in the Call for Papers, the Plebeian Style Guide will be made available here in the coming weeks. For more information, please feel free to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Willem Crispin-Frei, at

Applications for Associate Editors remain open until 17 November. For more info, see the Plebeian page.