Queen’s Greek and Latin: An update
On behalf of the Department of Classics and Archaeology at Queen’s, I want to very warmly thank everyone who wrote in support of our language teaching and who signed our petition. I am very happy to announce that we are temporarily suspending our letter-writing campaign. We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot, but we have achieved a minor victory that may well buy us enough time to revamp our language courses so that we meet the minimum enrollments going forward.
As a result of the campaign and some truly humbling on-the-ground support from faculty members, staff, and students across our own university, the Provost has agreed to a very sensible compromise, one that extends the timeline for the implementation of austerity measures by an extra year, and he has done so for the entire Faculty of Arts and Science. This is a huge relief. For us, it means that the minimum enrollment rule will also be postponed by a year, not just for us but for all departments (foreign languages and music are similarly breathing sighs of relief). We are cautiously optimistic that this may buy us just enough time to implement some on-the-ground strategies to boost our numbers. Our fingers are crossed.
On a personal note, it has been really amazing and encouraging, as well as very sobering, to see the response that we received from all corners of the world. But it was not just the volume of responses, it was the thoughtfulness and concern in them that helped to remind us here at Queen’s that we are not alone in this fight. (It is worth scrolling through the many comments on our petition page at https://www.change.org/p/save-greek-and-latin-at-queen-s-u-canada; we are also hoping soon to set up a thank-you page with the letters sent directly to our senior administrators, many of which we were cc'd on.)
As the stories started pouring in from other institutions in similar or--for many--even worse situations, what really hit home for me was the importance of our collective advocacy and increased vigilance going forward. One by one departments are closing, being merged, or being wound down and it always starts, it seems, with the languages. Whoever among us is able, whenever the opportunity arises, we must be banging the drum as publicly and loudly as possible for Greek and Latin, for Classics, for the Humanities, and for small, specialized courses in core areas of the Humanities. Of course, some of us have been doing a most impressive job of this for quite some time, but I myself have suddenly woken up to the fact that I personally have not, and I need to get to work in earnest on that front. For those of us working in publicly funded institutional settings especially, if politicians and the public do not see value in us, we are lost.
So thank you again to all who wrote and signed on our behalf. The battle here is not over, but we’re hoping that the small reprieve that we won will be enough to keep us moving forward for the time being.
Fingers crossed and now to work.
To read the Head's previous statement on the current budget crisis, please click HERE.
What is Classics and Archaeology?
Classics refers to the study of the Greek and Roman worlds. Multi-disciplinary in approach, it involves the studies of history, literature, archaeology, religion, mythology, drama and philosophy, in addition to the ancient languages of Greek and Latin. Archaeology is the study of ancient (and more recent) societies through the remains of their material culture. The methods of archaeology are many (excavation, remote sensing, surface survey, imaging, chemical and physical analysis to name a few) and can be applied to any area and period. The study of the physical remains of the Greek and Roman cultures and of the many other cultures that interacted with them is called Classical Archaeology.
Today our understanding of Greek and Roman culture is further enhanced by the latest digital techniques that increasingly pervade studies in archaeology, epigraphy, papyrology, and ancient science and medicine. At Queen’s, students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the latest techniques by participating in one of two archaeological excavations supervised by our own faculty, or through a variety of projects and assignments.
It can be said that studying Classics can lead to a wider appreciation of human values and achievements, and a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times. Our undergraduates have gone on to a variety of occupations and have been accepted into graduate programs nationally and internationally.
Are you considering a Major in Classics & Archaeology?
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Exhibition - Antiquities through Modern Eyes!
The Antiquity Through Modern Eyes Symposium, hosted by Professor Cristiana Zaccagnino (Classics & Archaeology) and Professor Emy Kim (Art Conservation), was a great success! The Exhibition will be on display at Kingston City Hall from April 2023 to March 2024!
To read more about the Exhibition and the Diniacopoulos Collection, please visit our website by clicking HERE!
Spotlight on Bjorn Bols!
Graduate student, Bjron Bols, interviewed by CFRC-FM, Queen's Campus Radio on Ancient Greek Wrestling.
The CAGC will be holding its second event of the year, Paint Night!
Date: Friday, Nov 24
See the Poster for Details!
We hope to see you there!
The Department of Classics and Archaeology is sad to share that previous Head and Professor of the department, Dr. Dietmar Hagel has passed away. Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Hagel's family during this difficult time.
Classics and Archaeology Presents...
The Colloquium Speaker Series is an ongoing series of talks by Professors from other universities discussing their own areas of specialization.
Classics and Archaeology Presents... Dr. Patrick Baker on Wednesday, February 28th, at 2:30 pm in Watson Hall - Room 517!
We hope to see you there!