Current Events

Current Events (2020-2021)

Virtual Classics Conversation Table (CCT) (all are welcome): Monday evenings, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Click on this link or join by phone: (US) +1 216-525-9397 (PIN: 589 238 422#).

CCT Fall Schedule:
Aug. 24: Welcome; Aug. 31: Certamen (Classics Quiz Bowl); Sept. 14: Prof. Jason Ripley, guest speaker; Sept. 28: Prof. Steve Reece, guest speaker; Oct. 12: Gregory Randall ’96 (Latin & English major), alumnus speaker; Oct. 26: Prof. Jason Ripley, guest speaker; Nov. 9, Nov. 16: TBD
Book Club (discussion of Denise McCoskey’s Race: Antiquity and its Legacy [Oxford University Press, 2012]): Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2

Greek 111 Lab: Sun., Tu., Th., 7:30-9:00 p.m., virtual or in Tomson 114.
Greek 231 Lab:  Sun., Tu., Th., 7:30-9:00 p.m., virtual or in Tomson 212.
Latin 111 Lab: Sun., Tu., Th., 6:00-7:30 p.m., virtual or in in Tomson 314.

Virtual Classics Open House: Wed., Aug. 19, 9:00-11:00 a.m.; hear about Classics (and Greek, Latin, Latin Education, Ancient Studies, and Medieval Studies) at St. Olaf, ask questions, and participate in the fun-filled conversation by clicking here or by dialing in via phone: (US) +1 636-492-2371‬ (PIN: ‪747 815 600‬#).

Studying for the Beginning Greek midterm:

Greek 111 students, September 24, 2020

Illustrating Plato’s Republic 614d-619a in Intermediate Greek class:

Greek 231 Whiteboard/Online Drawings, September 30, 2020

Students from Classics 260 (Sports and Recreation in the Ancient World) do combat as gladiators in Tostrud Center, October 27, 2020

Summary of 2019-20:

CURI Poster Session, August 2, 2019
Greek students vs. Latin students

Classics Kickball Game, Sun., September 15, 2019

“Origins of the Last Will and Testament in Ancient Greece and Rome” — guest lecture by Charles Bressman (St. Olaf ’79), Mon., September 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m., RNS 150

St. Olaf Classics Festival MMXIX, Wed., October 9, 2019

Hoplite battle behind Old Main

14th Annual St. Olaf Olympics, Sat., October 18, 2019, Old Main Field; to see photos, click here.

Latin, Greek, and German Christmas Caroling, December 11, 2019

Maureen Dallas Watkins Latin/Greek Sight Translation Contests, Wed., February 19, 2020, Tomson 312; to read the results, click here.


Delta Chi Chapter Officers
Delta Chi Chapter Members

Eta Sigma Phi Initiation, Wed., March 4, 2020, Art Barn




Major Declaration Day, Thur., March 5, 2020, Ballrooms; to see photos, click here.


POSTPONED: “Contesting Muses” 4th Annual James M. May Lecture in Classics, Prof. John F. Miller (University of Virginia), Thur., March 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Viking Theater.



Return of the Classics Couch, delivered by Garner’s Upholstery, Fri., March 13, 2020




Virtual Classics Honors Day, May 1, 2020: congratulations to our Maureen Dallas Watkins Contest winner, our Alec Award winner, and our three CAMWS Award winners! Best wishes to our ten graduating senior majors!

Summary of 2018-2019:

“Caesar and the Battle of Alesia” — guest lecture by Prof. John Bonin (U.S. Army War College), Thur., October 15, 2018, 7 p.m., Library 525; to see the diorama, click here.

“No Male and Female? The Fluidity of Gender in Classical and Early Christian Texts”— guest lecture by Prof. Julia Kelto Lillis (Luther College), Thur., March 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Room

“Foundling Plots in Greek Drama” 3rd Annual James M. May Lecture in Classics, Prof. Gwendolyn Compton-Engle (John Carroll University), Thur., April 25, 2019, 7 p.m., Viking Theater; to listen to the live stream, click here.

19th Annual Loomis Latin & 18th Annual Groton Greek Translation Contests, May 1, 2019, 3-9 p.m., Tomson 310

“Sardis: Capital of Lydia, Birthplace of Coinage” — guest lecture by Prof. William Bruce (Gustavus Adolphus College), sponsored by the Society for Ancient History, May 2, 2019, 6 p.m., Library 525

9th Annual Lamb Roast, May 4, 2019, 5 p.m., Thorson Lounge

Bacchanalia, May 11, 2019, 5 p.m., Prof. Reece’s house

Commencement Day Reception, May 26, 2019, Tomson Hall Atrium

Collaborative Undergraduate Research & Inquiry (CURI) Summer Project: Dialogues of the Dead: Ancient Graffiti Project 2019 Pompeii Field Session (JuliAnne Rach ’20 and Libby Barth ’21; Supervisor: Prof. Kyle Helms)