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Submit a Paper to Plebeian!

Please submit your papers now to be published in Volume V of Plebeian! The deadline is January 18, 2019 and you can find more information HERE.

Plebeian Deputy Editor-in-Chief Applications Now Open!

Do you have editing experience? An interest in publishing and editing? Then apply now to be the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Plebeian, CLASSU’s student-run journal of undergraduate work. Applications  can be found HERE and are due to by October 9th, 2018. More information about Plebeian and PDFs of all past volumes can be found at the “Plebeian” tab of this website.


Welcome to a new school year! A few updates about upcoming CLASSU events and initiatives!

  1. First year orientation and tour
  2. Elections! Come out for Democracy, food, and general Good Times(tm)! Nomination forms and more information about elections can be found under the elections tab.
  3.  Signups for the CLASSU peer-mentorship program are now open! This program provides support for students in their first year or new to Classics, Classical Civilizations, Latin, or Greek. New students will be paired with an upper-year student with similar interests. Both mentors and mentees can sign up HERE.
  4. Want Classics Merch? Let us know what you would be interested in buying HERE.
  5. Stay tuned for updates to the Latin Metre-Reading
  6. If you have editing experience or are interested in acquiring it, applications for Deputy Editor in Chief and Associate Editors of our journal Plebeian will be available soon!

Editor-in-Chief Applications (2018-19) Now Open!

Do you have ample editing experience, and want to use it to lead the publication of next year’s Plebeian (Vol.V)? If so, apply NOW to be the Editor-in-Chief for 2018-19! The EIC is responsible for:

  • Oversight over the entire publication process of Plebeian
  • Setting timelines for editor applications, paper submissions, and drafts
  • Hiring Editors and running meetings with the Editing Team
  • Reading and ranking of all paper submissions
  • Checking over the quality of edits made by individual editing pairs to ensure proper quality
  • Settling disputes, and, if necessary appointing replacements
  • Design, layout, and formatting of the journal
  • Delivery of the final product to the Senate
  • Copy editing
  • Promoting and advertising the calls for papers and editors in conjunction with the Senate

If you think that you would be a good fit, fill out the application form below and submit it to by TUESDAY, APRIL 17th!

Plebeian EIC Application Form 2018-19

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!