October 30, 2020

UMW CPRD and BU Classical Studies Co-host Webinar on Social Justice in the Discipline

US and UK Scholars tackle social justice and the uses/misuses of Classics in Western education

The departments of Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and Classical Studies at Boston University co-sponsored a webinar entitled “RES DIFFICILES: A Conference On Challenges and Pathways for Addressing Inequity In the Ancient Greek and Roman World,” on Friday, May 15, 2020, with American and British scholars and broadcast to nearly 250 attendees in the U.S., U.K., and a dozen other countries from Australia to Russia. The co-hosts, Joseph Romero (UMW Classics) and Hannah Čulík-Baird (BU Classical Studies), assembled a group of scholars to address a critical issue in a discipline that is rapidly transforming itself into a significant contributor in the humanities for social justice. Romero also delivered a paper entitled, “Walking the the Cleopatra Ode (Hor. carm. 1.37), Then and Now.” The conference had originally been scheduled to take place on the UMW campus, but the pivot to webinar after the COVID-19 interruption produced the happy result of convening scholars from all over the world.

Romero Contributes Essay to Volume on Ancient Greek Epigram

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joe Romero Contributes Essay to Volume on Ancient Greek Epigram

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joe Romero Contributes Essay to Volume on Ancient Greek Epigram

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joe Romero (CPRD) has contributed an essay, “‘From atop a lofty wall’ Philosophers and Philosophy in Greek Literary Epigram,” edited by Maria Kanellou, Ivana Petrovic, and Chris Carey and published by Oxford University Press in a volume entitled Greek Epigram from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era (2019) pp. 288-304.

Romero and Colleagues Present on Panels in D.C., Pittsburgh

Classics, Philosophy and Religion Professor Joe Romero and colleagues from other colleges presented on a panel for the Anchor Institutions Task Force in Washington, D.C.

Classics, Philosophy and Religion Professor Joe Romero joined colleagues from other colleges to present on a panel for the Anchor Institutions Task Force in Washington, D.C.

Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Professor Joe Romero joined colleagues Monica Cowart (Merrimack College), Claudia Nelson (Coppin State), and Michelle Stewart (Lane College) to consult with the presidential subcommittee of the Anchor Institutions Task Force on anchor leadership development at their quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C.

Romero also joined colleagues Monica Cowart (Merrimack College), Kyle Farmbry (Rutgers University-Newark), and Sundeep Muppidi (University of Hartford) to present “The Diverse University:  ACE Fellows on the Challenges of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success,” at the AAC&U conference in Pittsburgh.


Romero Presents Panel at the Annual Meeting of The Anchor Institutions Task Force

Joseph Romero, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion

Professor Joseph Romero (Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion), is organizing a panel of fellows from the American Council on Education (2017-18) to chart recent successes of anchor universities and barriers to anchor work at the Annual Meeting of the Anchor Institutions Task Force in New York, New York, Nov. 15-16. Higher education leaders from Merrimack College (MA), Georgia Gwinnett College, Lane College (TN), and Coppin State College (MD) will join him to also answer the question, Where will the next generation of anchor university leaders come from?

“Anchor institutions” are networks of well-resourced organizations committed to collective impact solutions to persistent problems in the communities where they reside.  Universities are attractive anchor partners but come with significant structural and cultural challenges that can limit or prevent optimal success.  Perhaps the greatest challenge, it turns out, is developing anchor leaders capable of realizing an anchor vision and creating a culture and legacy that extends beyond a single presidency.

Romero Delivers Paper at Symposium Cumanum

On June 25, Joe Romero, associate professor in classics, philosophy and religion, presented a paper entitled “Touched by Heaven (tactas de caelo …): Philosophy and Religion in Vergil, Eclogue 1″ before a congress of Vergilians gathering in Cuma, Italy.

Romero and Matzke Talk about Philosopher Stanley Cavell in Poland

Author and semiotician Umberto Eco was the keynote speaker at Semiotica 2015

Author and semiotician Umberto Eco was the keynote speaker at Semiotica 2015

On May 25, Professors Joseph Romero and Jason Matzke in the Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion delivered a paper on semiotics and autobiography in the memoir of Harvard philosopher, Stanley Cavell, at Semiotica 2015, an international semiotics conference held in Łódź, Poland.

Scanning Through History

It’s the ultimate combination of old and new.

Decked out in full body armor as a gladiator from the ancient Roman Empire, Senior Harry Rol clamps on his helmet and steps onto a 3-D printing scanner in the University of Mary Washington’s 21st century classroom known as the ThinkLab.

“You really look the part,” said Associate Professor of Classics Joe Romero, as Rol strikes a pose, knees bent with shield and sword at the ready.

Scanning Through History

Students relive the past using 3-D technology.

Al-Tikriti Presents Paper, Prepares Summer Study Course Segment

On Nov. 7, Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper entitled “The 1502-1504 Correspondence Between Şehzade Korkud and the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem” to the Mediterranean in History Workshop, which took place on Nov. 7-8 in Venice, Italy. The workshop, which brought together some 24 experts in early modern Mediterranean maritime history, primarily from Italy and Turkey, was hosted by Universita Ca’ Foscari’s Department of Asian and North African Studies, the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, and the region of Venice. Co-organizers included Piri Reis Universitesi and the International Association of Maritime Studies (IAMS). Invited by the conference organizers, Prof. Al-Tikriti presented an English translation and analysis of several letters exchanged between the Ottoman prince Korkud and the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, then based in Rhodes. Organizers plan to complete an edited volume of conference presentations in the months to come.

Following the workshop, with the additional support of UMW’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Prof. Al-Tikriti spent Nov. 9-10 visiting sites of historical, cultural, and pedagogical interest in advance of the Cultural Capitals Summer Study Course. This course, which Prof. Al-Tikriti plans to co-lead in the summer of 2015 with Prof. Joseph Romero of the Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Department, will take students to London, Paris, Venice, and Rome. During this three and half week course, students will earn six credits after completing several study projects. In an effort to strengthen course content in the Venice portion of the course, Prof. Al-Tikriti visited numerous sites throughout the city, fostered local contacts, and attained preliminary approval to lead students through certain closed facilities of historical and cultural interest. 

Here is Prof. Al-Tikriti’s paper abstract for the workshop:

“Just at the turn of the sixteenth century there broke out a nasty little war between a Vatican-brokered Christian alliance and the Ottomans, which included a major push to siege the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. In the immediate aftermath of this siege, and conclusion of hostilities, the Ottoman prince, Korkud, who had been in command of the province under siege was transferred from his Aegean post of Manisa to the Mediterranean post of Antalya. Although it remains unclear why this transfer happened, or whether it was a promotion or a demotion, it appears likely that the prince was tasked with managing the highly sensitive and dangerous relationship with the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.

In this paper, I plan to explore in detail the extended correspondence which Korkud and the Knights subsequently exchanged between August 1502 and July 1504. In the course of these exchanges, the two parties engaged in a series of negotiations attempting to regularize relations between the two hostile parties and complete several highly sensitive prisoner exchanges. Through an exploration of this correspondence, as well as the relevant narrative sources surrounding this relationship during these years, I plan to draw some preliminary conclusions concerning the nature of Ottoman-Knights relations, the protocols of captivity, and the modalities of conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean during this period.” 


Romero Joins International Symposium on Greek Literary Epigram

Last week, Joseph Romero, associate professor of classics, philosophy and religion, delivered a paper in London entitled, “Philosophers in Greek Epigram,” to a group of scholars from the U.S., U.K., and Europe. Check out more on the conference here.