Gonzaga University is enormously pleased to announce that a new member of our Classical Civilization has arrived, Dr. Dave Oosterhuis. Dave received his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota, and was most recently teaching at the Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. His special fields are Virgilian studies (his dissertation was on the Catalepton), classical reception and Rome in popular culture. At Gonzaga he will be teaching our upper level Latin and Greek courses, as well as courses on ancient Roman and Greek culture. As we continue to revitalize our program here at Gonzaga, this brand new tenure-track line and Dave's arrival signal a very hopeful step forward in our efforts. We look forward to introducing him to the CAPN membership when Gonzaga hosts the CAPN meeting this upcoming spring.
Lowell Bowditch has published "Palatine Apollo and the Imperial Gaze: Propertius 2.31 and 2.32" in the American Journal of Philology, vol. 130.3, and "Horace and Imperial Patronage" in the Companion to Horace, ed. Gregson Davis (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2009). On the teaching front, she developed and taught a new course on classical reception last spring, "Empire and Its Discontents: Classics and the (Anti-) Colonialist Impulse." On the agricultural front, beehives are still thriving on her property but she wouldn't recommend bugonia for colony collapse disorder. (Awaiting news from other members of the U of O Department!)
Wally Englert was on sabbatical in 2009-2010, working on a book on Cicero's philosophical works, tentatively entitled Cicero and Philosophy at Rome. His most recent publications include "Cicero the Philosopher," an article in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (Oxford, 2010) and a review of Tim O'Keefe, Epicurus on Freedom, in Ancient Philosophy 29 (2009) 461-468. This year he is teaching intermediate Greek (Plato's Republic 1) and advanced Latin (Cicero's Tusculan Disputations) in the Fall, and beginning Greek, intermediate Latin (Virgil's Aeneid), and advanced Greek (Aristotle) in the Spring. He also continues to coordinate the annual Reed Latin Forum for Oregon and Washington high school Latin teachers and students which is celebrating its twenty-third year in November, 2010, and he assisted Classic Greek Theater of Oregon in staging its production of Sophocles' Oedipus the King at the Reed College amphitheater in September, 2010.
Ellen Millender is currently completing two chapters for the forthcoming Blackwell's Companion on Ancient Sparta, edited by Anton Powell. One chapter examines Spartan women and the other explores Spartan kingship. She is also completing (1) an article that considers the political ramifications of the Spartans' heroization of heroization of the fourth-century Eurypontid princess Cynisca and (2) an edited volume on Spartan women. This year at Reed Ellen is teaching in Reed's newly revamped Humanities 110 Course, and she is also teaching her Roman history survey this fall and a class on "Barbarians in the Ancient World" this coming spring.
After running the new (but now sadly defunct) ICCS program in Catania, Sicily, in 2008-09, Nigel Nicholson returned to Reed with a new sense of mission, part of which is to infiltrate Sicily into syllabuses wherever possible and by whatever means necessary. Much of his work is now directed to Sicily and South Italy: "Pindar's Olympian 4, Psaumis and Camarina after the Deinomenids" will appear soon in CPh. An article on "Greek Hippic Contests" will appear in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, eds. Allison Futrell and Thomas Scanlon, and one on "Representations of Sport and Spectacle in Greek Literature" in Blackwell's forthcoming Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, eds. Paul Christesen and Donald Kyle, to which his colleague Ellen Millender is also contributing. A collaboration with OHSU neurosurgeon, Nathan Selden, has yielded one piece for a more general audience, with the promise of more to come: "Poets, Doctors and the Rhetoric of Money," Neurosurgery 64.1 (2009): 179-88, and his history of CAPN's first hundred years appeared in Classical Journal 104 (2008/09): 164-75. He thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of past-President Franco de Angelis and present President Andy Goldman when he spoke in Vancouver in January and Spokane in March for the Parlitalia series and Gonzaga's "Greek week" (on Aristophanes' Lysistrata) respectively. He will be speaking at the APA in San Antonio this year.
Sonia Sabnis is slowly easing back into full-time teaching at Reed after a year of junior sabbatical, in which she did some traveling (including a marvelous tour of Roman sites in Tunisia) but mostly focused on finishing various research projects. She presented papers in Berlin and St Andrews and co-organized (with Ellen Finkelpearl, Ben Lee, and Luca Graverini) a Mellon 23 conference at Oberlin College on Apuleius and Africa. Forthcoming works include a chapter on Apuleius in a volume on Classics and Robert Graves and an article on Lucian's True Histories, "Lucian's Lychnopolis and the Problem of Slave Surveillance," in AJP.
Karen Carr has been working on Roman pottery from Tunisia, and had a chapter on Leptiminus in the Journal of Roman Archaeology's Supplement 76: STUDIES ON ROMAN POTTERY OF THE PROVINCES OF AFRICA PROCONSULARIS AND BYZACENA (TUNISIA). HOMMAGE À MICHEL BONIFAY, ed. J. H. Humphrey, last January. She expects the final publication of the survey pottery from Leptiminus to appear in another JRA supplement volume in the winter of 2011. Meanwhile, she has continued publishing her online children's encyclopedia, Kidipede - History and Science for Kids, which is now serving more than a million children a month. For the 2010-11 academic year, she is once again on leave to work on Kidipede. George Armantrout will be keeping ancient history going in her absence. In other news, Portland State is happy to report hiring a new ancient historian in Judaic Studies, Loren Spielman. Loren received his doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America last year, focusing on Jewish diversity and Jewish interaction with other cultures of antiquity. We hope to see him at the next CAPN meeting!