Events and News

Thursday, November 8 | 5PM | Collins Cinema

Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, PhD, Manager of the FBI Art Theft Program

Art and artifacts, ancient or modern, have value as part of the historical record of human achievement. They also elicit emotion on the part of the beholder by virtue of aesthetic quality, personal associations, and/or historical context. And, of course, they have monetary value as objects that can be bought and sold. These factors are brought together when a criminal pursues an object of art or antiquity for his or her own gain. In this lecture, Magness-Gardiner describes how US federal law intersects with the pursuit art through theft, smuggling, fraud and forgery. The case studies, drawn from her experience in the State Department and the FBI, illustrate both the allure of the objects and the tactics used to achieve the separation of the object from the legitimate owner (or money from the buyer who believes the copy is an original). Stolen antiquities are a special concern because of the difficulty in tracking something looted out of the ground without written or photographic record in the country of origin. Public awareness, enforcement of existing laws and regulations, vigilance at the borders, and luck play a role in preventing the entry and sale of stolen artifacts in the US. Indeed, awareness of the tactics used by criminals to steal or defraud is a key to avoiding becoming a victim. The talk will conclude with some recommendations for responsible collecting and protecting collections.

Classical Studies Alumna Stacie Raucci Receives Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Society for Classical Studies has announced the Wellesley College Alumna Stacie Raucci has received the Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level. Dr. Raucci is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at Union College. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College ’97 (Classical Studies) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy (Lang Classical Studies, 2011), and of articles on the reception of the ancient world in popular culture. In announcing her award, the Society cited her “important contributions” and  “remarkable creativity” as well as her “kind, caring presence.”  

Congratulations! Read more here.











Upcoming Events

Fall 2016 Events


Classical Studies Collaborates with History & French Departments for Greek Tragedy Course

Students looking for a course to take in Spring 2015 will want to check out CLCV 210/310 (Greek Tragedy)!  

In an exciting new collaboration, this course will supplement its core examination of the great tragedies of classical Athens by working with History 353 (Sentimental Education in Early Modern Europe) and French 333 (Classical Tragedy) in several sessions.  The semester will include a guest lecture from Professor Hélène Bilis on the reception of the Oedipus myth by seventeenth-century French playwrights and a class discussion led by Professor Simon Grote on the ways in which eighteenth-century intellectuals used the Antigone to think about moral responsibility.  All three classes will attend a Shakespeare production on campus and come together afterwards to talk about how each course conditions us to think about the drama in a certain way and the ways in which, nonetheless, even apparently distant branches of the humanities have a lot to say to each other!  For further information about this collaboration or about the Greek Tragedy course more generally, please contact Professor Brook in the Classical Studies Department.

Kathryn Ledbetter '15, The Wellesley News Athlete of the Week

December 3, 2014
Photo credit: The Wellesley News, 12/3/2014

Kathryn Ledbetter, Class of 2015 Classical Studies & Individualized Chemical Physics double major, was recently named Athlete of the Week by The Wellesley News for her successes in fencing.  Click below to read the interview, where she talks about the sport, her team, and how she balances academics and athletics at Wellesley College.



At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Bryan Burns was presented with the James R. Wiseman Award.  The award was presented by Wellesley alumna Carla Antonaccio, '80, chair of the Department Classical Studies at Duke University.  The citation read: 

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2014 James R. Wiseman Book Award to Bryan Burns for Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity (Cambridge University Press).

Burns' book is an innovative study that will have an impact on Bronze Age and classical archaeology. In one of the first monographic treatments of consumption studies in classical archaeology, Burns combines current archaeological theory with meticulous analysis of particular artifacts and the cultures that produced and circulated them.

Burns confronts how the act of importation, whether of raw materials or finished goods, and the objects themselves were transformed into social power by the Mycenaeans. He also demonstrates that various regions of the Bronze Age mainland had different trajectories in the importation and consumption of foreign items and their subsequent transformation into social power.

For all these reasons, Bryan Burns' Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity is a most worthy recipient of the 2014 James R. Wiseman Book Award.


A Focus on Crete!

January 31, 2014


Check out Professor Bryan Burns' Wintersession trip to Crete, as featured on the Wellesley home page:

Professor Burns Leads Students on Summer 2013 Archeological Dig in Athens