Multiple ceramic vessels and shards lie in front of Haley Bertram in the lab

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 inspects a ceramic artifact in the lab

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.

Members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra record onstage in an empty hall

The Outreach Program has always been invested in engaging new audiences and bringing them closer to what we love most: Classics. This is our mission, but we need to step out of our comfort zone, if we want to offer to the public an unforgettable experience. The pandemic may have forced us behind a screen, but did not stop us from envisioning the future. And the future is multimedia and it!
We came together with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera for a new, exciting project: offering talks with musical content. Everyone loves music and its power to sweep us away to a different world: why not combine it with our talks? 
CSO and Cincinnati Opera agreed on offering high quality performances, recorded specifically on request by their talented and passionate artists. Outreach talks will start regularly and end with a beautiful surprise: a captivating musical selection, created from partner organizations, just for our audiences! Technology offers so many avenues that we can tailor each one to the specific public we want to engage: seniors will listen to the recordings made at Cincinnati Music Hall on the spot, whereas students can enjoy them anytime through their Spotify accounts or on their Youtube. If you believe this is too good to be true, think again: on February 11th, a small group of artists from the CSO and the Cincinnati Opera recorded the first small program we will debut in March at OLLI. The selection includes a versatile repertoire: two joyous pieces by Debussy (Syrinx and Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune) and a haunting aria by Purcell (“When I am laid in Earth”), a perfect match to conclude our talk on Aspasia and evoke her tormented life in Classical Athens.
This is only the beginning: Stay tuned!

Valia Tsikritea holds an artifact in the field

Valia Tsikritea, a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Department of Classics, has received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship for the AY 2021-2022. The award supports her dissertation project, entitled "An Archaeology of Cult at Juktas, Crete: Early Iron Age Pottery and Figurines from the 'Tomb of Zeus,'" which is a study of the peak sanctuary on Mt. Juktas in the 12th-7th centuries BCE. Juktas, identified with the mythical locality of the burial place of Zeus in later tradition, was the peak sanctuary of the palace of Knossos in the Minoan period. While most scholarly interest has been directed to the Minoan period of the sanctuary, Tsikritea's dissertation examines changes in cult practices on the site across the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, revisiting questions on the character of Cretan religion in this period and situating developments at the sanctuary within their Cretan and Aegean sociopolitical context. The peak sanctuary of Juktas presents an ideal case study because, despite the decline of many peak sanctuaries in the period, it continued to be frequented without any interruption. She will investigate cult practices at the site through the study of  unpublished assemblages of pottery and ceramic figurines, found in systematic excavations conducted in the 1970s and 1980s. During the Fall semester, she will use the award to fund her stay at Heraklion, where she will examine artifacts held in the storerooms of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, as well as at the Stratigraphical Museum of the BSA Research Center at Knossos.

Tsikritea is the fourth UC Classics graduate student in the last years to win this award.