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.


Conference: Archaeology and the Humanities: October 21, 2017!

The CLAS and History Department are pleased to host an all-day conference on Archaeology and the Humanities, to be held in Wolff Auditorium in the Jepson Center on Saturday, Oct. 21 (National Archaeology Day).  The conference, which will begin at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public, will feature short papers by 13 archaeologists from 10 different institutions in the PNW and West Coast.  The talks will focus upon the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean from the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity, and the speakers will discuss their current research and how it relates to our current understanding of human culture, behaviour and ideas.  The event is supported by the Arnold Fund and held in cooperation with the Spokane Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).  For more information, please contact Dr. Goldman (, or 509-313-6691).

Homerathon Coming: October 6, 2017!

Back by popular demand, the CLAS Dept. is pleased to host its annual Homerathon (a marathon reading of an ancient epic, this year Homer's Odyssey), to be held starting in the morning on the second floor of the Hemmingson Center on Friday, Oct. 6.  Please join us and read (in English or, if you prefer, the original Greek) a portion of this immortal work, as we join together to get Odysseus past all the monsters and back to his home in Ithaka and his beloved Penelope.  Sign up with Dr. Goldman (, or 509-313-6691), 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: Monday, October 16, 2017

The CLAS Dept. is pleased to host its annual Open House (the day after Virgil's Birthday!), to be held from 12-1 pm in College Hall 424, on Monday, Oct. 16.  Please join us for information, tasty treats and a warm welcome.  All are invited to come -- we hope that you will attend!

Upcoming Academic and Student 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 or April, 2018. This year's meeting will take place at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma WA.

  • The 13th Annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World (NUCAW; formerly the Oregon Undergraduate Conference in Classics, or OUCC), in April 2018. 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 2018.  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.