Congratulations to Kelly Nguyen (Ph.D., Ancient History) for winning the John J. Winkler Memorial Prize!
Every year, the Winkler Prize is awarded to the best graduate or undergraduate paper from a North American program in “a risky or marginal area of Classics”. Kelly’s essay, titled “Queering Telemachus: Ocean Vuong, Postmemories and the Vietnam War,” won out over a very competitive field, impressing the judges with her “originality, eloquence, and persuasive and brilliant reading”.
The Classics Department is pleased to announce that we are planning to run this year’s Lyon-Foster Language Prize Exams via Zoom. Since many of us are still working remotely, we're once again asking students to register for the prize exam(s) they are interested in.
Congratulations Kelly Nguyen for winning the inaugural SCS Erich S. Gruen Prize!
Out of 31 submissions, the SCS committee unanimously awarded Kelly for her paper “What's in a Natio: Negotiating Ethnic Identity in the Roman Empire”, noting its "thoughtful examination of the individual acts of self-fashioning behind funerary epitaphs specifying a natio."
The Brown Department of Classics is pleased to announce the 2021 David Pingree Prize in Ancient Science and Intellectual History.
Instituted by Isabelle Pingree and Brown University in 2011 to honor the distinguished career of her late husband Professor David E. Pingree, University Professor and Professor of the History of Mathematics and of Classics at Brown University until his death in 2005.
On November 26th, Classics PhD candidate, Avi Kapach published an article in Trends in Classics, a schlolarly journal produced by De Gruyter Publishing. Avi's article, entitled "The Art of Mythical History and the Temporality of the Athenian 'Epitaphioi Logoi'" explores how myth and history was used in the Athenian epitaphioi logoi (public funeral speeches).
In May of this year, Classics graduate student Kelly Nguyen (PhD, Ancient History) had an article published in the Classical Receptions Journal. The article captured the attention of Sarah Bond, editor-in-chief of the Society of Classical Studies blog, who contacted Kelly for an interview. Sarah refers to Kelly’s article as “a groundbreaking article...[that] explores classical reception in and beyond Vietnam for the first time.”
When the pandemic began to take hold in March, international students were faced with a tough choice: To remain with their friends at Brown, or to return to their home countries before borders were shut. Christopher (PhD, Classics) opted to leave, but has remained just as active within the department as ever.
The Cogut Institute for the Humanities advances “collaborative research and curricular innovation” in humanities and throughout Brown. The Cogut Institute offers a number of fellowships that “support the pursuit of the humanities at Brown University.” These programs “promote active dialogue, public programming, and collaborative teaching and research on the most challenging questions facing humanities scholars today.” This academic year, two members of the Classics Department, and PhD candidate Kelly Nguyen and Prof. Steve Kidd, received Cogut Fellowships.