Haley Bertram, a Ph.D. Candidate in the UC Department of Classics, has been granted a Fulbright Award to pursue her dissertation research in France for the 2021-22 AY. Her accomplishment comes in a notably competitive year with a record number of applicants. Bertram’s dissertation “Producing for a Colonial World: Corinthian Pottery Abroad, 750-450 BCE,” takes a comparative approach to Corinthian ceramics in their colonial contexts, in order to consider the role ancient Corinth played in the rapidly changing cultures of the Archaic Western Mediterranean. Her Fulbright project will focus on pottery excavated from the colonial zone of Marseille (ancient Massalia) in the south of France, one of her three case studies.
During her time in France, Haley will be based at the research unit Ausonius (UMR 5607) at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, where she will work with colleagues to better understand the indigenous Iron Age cultures in the region. She also plans to travel to the sites and museums of Marseille to examine the range of ceramics present at the ancient colony, Massalia, and the nearby indigenous settlement, Saint Blaise, both of which imported significant amounts of Greek wares. By reading the ceramic evidence in its specific contexts, colonial Greek and indigenous, the project seeks to interpret the Corinthian material in a framework of changing regional dynamics, and create a more balanced and inclusive narrative of how exchange contributes to change and development on both sides.
Sarah Beal, a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Department of Classics, has won the Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis Competition. The competition challenges students to present their research in three minutes with a single PowerPoint slide. Sarah presented on her dissertation, "From Symposium to Convivium: Social Life in Roman Athens," which explores the locally-produced tablewares excavated from homes around the Athenian Agora dating to the 3rd century CE. Her dissertation prioritizes the function and utility of tablewares over typologies, allowing for a deeper examination of the social dynamics behind how people were eating their food.
In addition to the Three Minute Thesis, Sarah was chosen by the Graduate School as the Doctoral recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award. Sarah will now be nominated by the university to compete for both the Three Minute Thesis and Excellence in Teaching awards through the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.