Queen’s Classics at 175 Reception

[Queen's Classics]
Queen's Classics
Date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:45am to 11:45am
Location: 
Watson Hall

49 Bader Lane
Room 517

The Classics Department is 175 years old and going strong! If you are a Classics graduate or simply enjoyed our courses, please join other alumni, faculty, staff, and students at a reception to celebrate our exciting anniversary. Displays will highlight the history of the department. Light refreshments will be provided.

The ‘Classics at 175’ organizers have a few special treats for those who attend.  In partnership with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Classics will be hosting as oil portrait of John Mackerras, who was affectionately known as “The Martyr of Queen’s.”  Mackerras is one of the earliest Queen’s alumni of Queen’s (BA 1850 and MA 1852) and was appointed Professor of Classics at the university in 1864.  During the late 1860s, Mackerras spent a year tirelessly fundraising after the university’s endowment was nearly whipped out following a bank collapse.  This work saved Queen’s but permanently destroyed his health.

Saturday is also International Archeology Day - and in celebration, the Classics Department will be showcasing many of the current and past archaeological projects carried out by our faculty, students, and alumni. Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts will be on display and archaeologists will be on hand to  answer your questions. Kingston community visitors are welcome! 

Check out the Classics at 175 Facebook page for updates on the reception and more stories about Classics at 175. If you'd like to share stories or reconnect with Classics, contact Dr Barbara Reeve at classics175@queensu.ca.