Graduate Student Colloquium

The Department of Classics Graduate Student Colloquium was inaugurated in the spring of 2000 when Christopher Trinacty presented a chapter of his M.A. thesis ("A Poetics of Desire: a Comparative Literary Study of the Hylas Myth"). All departmental graduate students are invited to make a presentation (15-20 mins.) on some aspect of their M.A. research, such as for the thesis or presentation at a scholarly conference. The atmosphere of the Colloquium is informal, congenial, and collegial, and those attending may bring their lunch.

All Spring 2021 colloquia will take place on Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm (ending promptly for those attending CLAS 4/546A). They will be held on Zoom--please contact Dr. Courtney Friesen ( for a link and password.


  • Friday, January 29, 1:00-2:00pm
    • “The Development and Necessity for Postcolonial and Postimperial Interpreations of the Antonine Wall, Cole Smith  
    • Greek Colonization: A 'New World' Phenomenon? River Ramirez 
  • Friday, February 12, 1:00-2:00pm
    • “The Idea of the ‘Other’ as Expressed through Ancient Greek Literary Forms,” Amelia Symm
    • “Demosthenes and the Sublime,” Elise Larres
  • Friday, February 19, 1:00-2:00pm
    • “Purple Thread: Bronze Age Aristocratic Weaving,” Darcy Stubb
    • “Nominal Discontinuity in Classical Latin,” Zachery Feldcamp
  • Friday, March 5, 1:00-2:00pm
    • “The Fall of Hogwarts: Rewriting the Trojan Horse Scene in Modern Epic,” Colin Omilanowski
    • “The Historiographical Approach to Reading Illicit Religious Practice in Roman Histories in Conversation with Senatus Consultum,” JuliAnne Rach
  • Friday, March 19, 1:00-2:00pm
    • “Divine Materialism: Unterstanding Empedocles' Roots Analogically,” Caleb Speakman
    • “The Thermal Environment of Roman Baths,” Monica Barcarolo
  • Friday, April 23, 1:00-2:00pm