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Events for Fall '24


Phillips Colloquium

Date: Saturday, 5th October 

Oliver Phillips was a much-loved Professor of Classics at KU for three decades, 1964-1994.  He was recognized at Kansas with a Mortar Board Award for teaching in 1978 and was given a CAMWS ovatio in 1993, the year before his retirement. After his retirement he continued to teach honors sections of Western Civ and led various Latin reading groups on and off campus. 

The KU Department of Classics holds a regular colloquium on pedagogy in his honor.

We welcome anyone interested in the teaching of the ancient world and its languages. Refreshments will be served.



Mary Ellen Wyman Lecture in Ancient Art and Archaeology

Date: TBA 

Mary Ellen Wyman was a woman who always supported the academic efforts of her granddaughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Banks, Professor in the KU Classics Department from 1966-2001 and Professor Emerita thereafter. Betty taught courses in archaeology, Latin, and Greek for the department and was an important voice on campus for gender equity. Betty was also the curator of the Wilcox Classical Museum from 1970-2001 and was instrumental in reinstalling the museum’s collection in its current location in Lippincott Hall. As an archaeologist, she excavated at Corinth and Lerna in Greece, publishing two volumes in the Lerna Series (American School of Classical Studies, Athens) about the site’s Neolithic architecture and ceramics. Upon her passing in 2020, Betty established an annual lecture in her grandmother's honor. The Mary Ellen Wyman Lecture in Ancient Art and Archaeology can include Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman topics. The Department of Classics is grateful to Betty, to her grandmother, and to all those who support and encourage our students.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. 



Welcome Back Coffee Hour

Date: TBA 

Join us to learn about majoring and minoring in Classics, meet Classics faculty and other students, and have a well-earned, beginning-of-semester pick-me-up!

All students welcome. Refreshments will be served. 

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