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The HWS Update

The HWS community will welcome Melvin Hill Visiting Professor Shelley Haley for a week-long campus visit Monday, March 24 through March 28, culminating with a public lecture, “Against All Odds: Black American Women Classicists in the Nineteenth Century.” Haley’s lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in Albright Auditorium. Hosted by the

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to announce the 14th Annual “Ghosts in Togas” lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The much-anticipated lecture, held in honor of Halloween promises to provide the campus with a fascinatingly gory – and informative – evening. Visiting Assistant Professor of History Sarah Whitten will give a talk, “Beheading, Violence,

Playing and analyzing Xbox 360 games in class is helping students grasp the pervasiveness of stereotypes. Giving up texting, meat-eating and driving is spurring firsthand understanding of environmental issues. Exploring Roman history through digital mapping is bringing long-ago places to life. Those examples of creative teaching – which grab students’ interest, push them to ask

Beth Stricker ’07, director of exhibitions at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y., led the efforts to create the unique traveling exhibition, “Did Dinosaurs Poop?” which was recently honored with an Award of Merit from Museumwise. The regional nonprofit organization is dedicated to making New York State museums better. “We are very excited about winning this

Some 1,800 years ago, the Roman Empire thrived in lands along the Mediterranean and across huge swathes of what is now modern-day Europe. After centuries of prosperity, the once mighty Empire headed into decline. But it left a lasting footprint – an impression that Assistant Professor of Classics James Capreedy says can be better understood

For history major and classics minor Gina Mercuri ’14 developing an understanding of archaeology is essential to gaining a better understanding of history. Spending this summer as an intern on the Megiddo Expedition dig in Israel, therefore, was an invaluable experience as it provided hands-on archaeological insight. Inspired by the Colleges’ emphasis on internships, she

The 12th annual “Ghosts in Togas” lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Albright Auditorium at 7:15 p.m.  Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Frederick Ahl of Cornell University will give a talk titled: “Laughter in the Hereafter.” Ahl’s areas of research include Greek and Roman epic and drama, and the intellectual history

The 11th annual “Ghosts in Togas” Halloween lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.  Assistant Professor Nicholas Gresens of the University of Rochester will give a lecture titled: “Now I Lamia Down to Sleep: Searching for the Stuff of Ancient Greek

With grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health, degrees from prestigious universities like Brown, Yale and Princeton, and participation in a wide range of community endeavors, eight HWS faculty members were recently granted tenure by the HWS Board of Trustees and given the rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2010.

Spores galore!  Melissa Backus ’10 is staying busy this summer, researching and analyzing plant pathogens-bacteria and fungi-that are destroying local crops. A double major in classics and Ancient Greek and a double minor in biology and health care professions, Backus is juggling several different projects at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), a