Current Events

Current Events (2020-2021)

Virtual Classics Conversation Table
Semester I: Aug. 24: Welcome; Aug. 31: Certamen; Sept. 14: Prof. Steve Reece (Classics Dept.); Sept. 28: Certamen; Oct. 12: Gregory Randall ’96 (Latin & English); Oct. 26: Prof. Jason Ripley (Religion Dept.); Nov. 9: Games; Nov. 16: Certamen

Interim: Jan. 11: JuliAnne Rach ’20 (Classics & Humanistic Archaeology); Jan. 18: Games; Jan. 25: Devin Ames ’19 (Classics & Religion)

Semester II: Feb. 15: Shawn Stafford ’96 (Ancient Studies & History); Feb. 22: Jason James ’95 (Medieval Studies & Latin); Mar. 1: Michelle Domondon ’00 (Classics); Mar. 8: Certamen; Mar. 15: ΗΣΦ initiation; Mar. 22: Elizabeth Beerman ’07 (Classics); Apr. 5: Certamen; Apr. 19: no CCT; May 3: Games; May 17: Games.

Fall 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.

Spring Book Club (discussion of Helen Morales’ Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths [Bold Type Books, 2020]): Mar. 19, Apr. 12, Apr. 26, May 10.

Corded Seniors at the Bacchanalia 2021

Bacchanalia, Fri., May 14, 2021, 3:00 p.m., Tomson 210

Announcement of Alec Award, Mon., Apr. 5, 2021

“Contesting Muses” — 4th Annual James M. May Lecture in Classics, Prof. John F. Miller (University of Virginia), Thur., March 18, 2021, 7:00 p.m., streamed here.

Eta Sigma Phi Initiation, Mon., March 15, 2021, Tomson Hall 280:

Delta Chi Chapter Officers 2020-21

Virtual Major Declaration Celebration, Thur., March 11, 2021:



Studying for the Beginning Greek midterm: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
Latin 111 students illustrate the Labors of Hercules on the last day of the term
Hercules & the Hydra
Hercules & the Ceryneian Hind






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!

Summary of 2019-2020:

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 2019-20
Delta Chi Chapter Members 2019-20

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




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

Field trip to Guthrie Theater to see The Bacchae performed by SITI Company, Fri., March 6, 2020.

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)