The interdepartmental Classical Studies Program (CLST) at Columbia University (contact information here) brings together faculty from Art History and Archaeology, Classics, History, and Philosophy. Students in the program pursue a Ph.D. or an M.A. in Classical Studies, meeting requirements in three fields relevant to the study of Greek and Roman antiquity as well as the larger Ancient Mediterranean. Together with the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Classical Studies is the home of a vibrant community of scholars working in ancient studies at Columbia University. Learn more…
As part of its Classical Dialogues series, the Classical Studies Graduate Program CLST at Columbia University is pleased to welcome Terence D’Altroy, Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology at Columbia University. On Friday December 4, 9-11am, Professor D’Altroy will discuss his recent article “Killing Mummies: On Inka Epistemology and Imperial Power.” Location: Schermerhorn Hall 934, Columbia University. Please see below Terence D’Altroy’s abstract:
The simultaneous close of the last Inka dynastic war and the Spanish invasion of the Andes were punctuated by two moments of iconoclasm – the incineration of two royal mummies, one by the Inkas and one by the Spaniards. Neither action was wanton, but they require radically different explanations. The Christians were most concerned with blasphemy and diabolical utterance, while explaining the Andean act requires exploring their concepts of vitality, death, landscape, and causality. This paper focuses on the latter topic, examining what the Inkas thought they were accomplishing by destroying the living icon of a deified ancestor.
In its Classical Dialogues series, the interdepartmental Classical Studies Graduate Progam CLST at Columbia University invites authors of recent work in ancient studies that is exemplary for the kind of study that CLST aims to foster. All faculty and students at Columbia and beyond are cordially invited. CLST students are required to read carefully at least one chapter or article in advance and prepare questions and comments for discussion.
We are very pleased to announce the Classical Studies Student Mentoring Program. The program is designed to support incoming students as well as international students, who transition into the US academic system. Mentors meet regularly with incoming and international students, offer peer advice about course selection, CU’s libraries and special collections, CU’s resources, assignments for classes, academic writing, translating Latin/Greek into English, and more. Each semester, two of our students receive an additional stipend of $1,000 and are appointed as Incoming Student Mentor and International Student Mentor.
Mentors for 2015/16
Incoming Student Mentor Fall: Giulia Bonasio
Incoming Student Mentor Spring: Zachary Herz
International Student Mentor Fall: Grant Dowling
International Student Mentor Spring: Evan Jewell
In addition, the graduate student community organizes a Buddy Program for incoming PhD students: each PhD student who joins the program is assigned a ‘buddy’ who offers advice, support, and suggestions for an excellent start at Columbia and in the Classical Studies Program.
Professor Ursula Coope’s inaugural Classical Philosophy Lecture, Aristotle on Productive Understanding and Completeness, is co-sponsored by the Classical Studies Graduate Program and the Philosophy Department at Columbia University.
Time: September 24, 4:10-6pm
Location: Philosophy Hall 716, Columbia University