CLAS News & Upcoming Events


The Classical Civilizations Department (CLAS) hosts lectures and events over the course of the academic year. Local, national and international lecturers are invited to speak on campus during the fall and spring semesters, and in recent years CLAS has co-hosted speakers with the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Harvard Club of Spokane. Please see below and the pages in this section for further details about happenings on our campus and in the Spokane region.

AVP Killen Reading at the 2014 Homerathon

Photo: AVP Patricia Killen takes a moment in her busy day to join the Homerathon and declaim from the Iliad.


Homerathon Coming: October 9!!!

Back by popular demand, the CLAS Dept. is pleased to host its annual Homerathon (a marathon reading of an ancient epic, this year for a change Vergil's Aeneid), to be held starting in the morning in Crosby Center on Friday, Oct. 9.  Please join us and read (in English or, if you prefer, the original Latin) a portion of this immortal work, as we join together to get Aeneas out of burning Troy to the shores of Italy.  Sign up with Dr. Oosterhuis (send an email HERE), or just drop by on the day of the event to read or just listen.  One of the greatest of Western epics -- don't miss it!

Annual CLAS Open House: Thursday, October 15, 2015

The CLAS Dept. is pleased to host its annual Open House (on Virgil's Birthday!), to be held from 12:15-1 pm in College Hall 101, on Thursday, Oct. 15.  Please join us for information, tasty treats and a warm welcome.  All are invited to come -- we hope that you will attend!

Upcoming Conferences


Photo: Students and faculty attend the 2015 Northwest Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World (NUCAW) at Willamette University in Salem, OR.

  • The Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN), March 11-12, 2016. This year's meeting will take place at Evergreen College in Olympia, WA.

  • The 11th Annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World (NUCAW; formerly the Oregon Undergraduate Conference in Classics, or OUCC), in April 2016. Universities in Oregon host a one-day undergraduate conference for talented undergraduates to present their work, for example a BA thesis or outstanding seminar paper, in a 20-minute talk to an audience of undergraduates and their faculty mentors. Papers are generally welcome in any area of classical studies, including language and literature, history, philosophy, and material culture.  Two students and two faculty attended at Willamette University in 2015 (see above photo).  More information on this event will be available in the spring of 2016.

  • The Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference (SIRC), in Spring 2016.  Normally, the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference is held in April in the Spokane area, at either Gonzaga University or Whitworth College. The conference is dedicated to promoting and recognizing distinguished, original undergraduate student research performed in partnership with faculty or other mentors. More information on this conference will be posted during the academic year.

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