Ides of March Update

Good evening UofT Classicists!

We’ve got a mid-week update for you!

Academic Seminar

This Friday, 17 March 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in LI 220, Professor Welsh will be giving a talk on, in his own words, “the way in which agriculture provides the semantic arena and analogy for a lot of Latin that has nothing to do with farming per se.” It’ll be interesting and fun, so don’t miss out! As always, free refreshments provided.

Backpacks 2 Briefcases

RSVP for the Backpacks 2 Briefcases dinner on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Faculty Club! There will be alumni who studied Classics in their undergrad yet have pursued fields outside of academia eager to speak to current students! Professors Lytle and Keith will also be in attendance to speak with students. Also… did we mention the FREE FOOD? That’s right, a free, fancy THREE-COURSE MEAL (all dietary restrictions accommodated)! Sign up today!

JHI Opportunities

The Jackman Humanities Institute has put out a call for applications to their Undergraduate Fellowship program for 2017/18! The JHI is seeking a small number of advanced undergraduates who propose to conduct research on the annual topic, Indelible Violence: Shame, Reconciliation, and the Work of Apology. Each will be granted scholarships, matched to faculty supervisors, and earn 1.0 FCE for their research. Acting Chair and Professor Alison Keith has recently been appointed Director of the JHI, so there will be a friendly Classicist there already! More information linked above!

First Year POSt/Mentorship Lunch

Are you considering a programme in Classics? Do you know someone who might be (especially this!!!!)? Come out to the CLASSU Lounge (LI 009) for a FREE lunch on Monday, 27 March 2017 at 12:00 until 1:30 p.m., followed by a talk at 1:30 p.m. by Leora Bromberg at the Mini-Assembly of the Plebs Encore entitled “Classical Reception In Contemporary Canadian Theatre: Violence and Resilience in If We Were Birds by Erin Shields.” At the lunch, Professor Eph Lytle, Undergraduate Co-ordinator, will be there to give advice and information about the programmes! FREE LUNCH!

Oral Reading Club Performance

Come out to see the Oral Reading Club perform passages from a selection of Greek and Latin texts at the Department’s End-of-Year Party, on Friday, 31 March 2017 starting at 4:00 p.m. in LI 220.

Fourth Year Graduation

In continuing with tradition, there will also be a mini “graduation ceremony” for all graduating Classics/Classical Civ students at the Department’s End-of-Year Party! To those graduating this year, expect an email from the Department with further details soon and an option to RSVP in order to get a mini-diploma! This will be on Friday, 31 March 2017 in LI 205, with the party starting at 4:30. The ceremony will probably take place around 5:00 (that’s our guess).

Social, Elections, and Plebeian Launch!

Come one, come all to CLASSU’s second annual End-of-Year Social Extravaganza! Thursday, 30 March at 5pm in LI220! You want elections? We’ve got elections (summer senate election forms and information available here)! You want a journal launch? We’ve got Plebeian Vol. III, to be unveiled at the event! You want hoodies? We’ll have hoodie orders available for pickup (as well as some extras for sale, too)! You want cake? Oh, just you wait! BE THERE! 30 March, 5-8, be there and be square!

For all you dictators in perpetuity out there, be careful on your way home this Ides of March!


Willem and Sam
On behalf of the CLASSU Senate

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