The Louisiana Classicist

May 24, 2010

recognition for two Louisiana Classicists

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:42 am
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Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, Baton Rouge) forwards these two announcements from CAMWS:


Winners of the Teacher Training Award for 2009-2010 were:

* Ryan G. Sellers, Memphis University School
* Daniel N. Ristin, Regina Dominican High School
* John T. Young, Browning School
* Lindsay S. Herndon, Spotsylvania High School
* Rebecca Westgate, St. Vincent’s Academy
* Andrew M. O’Brien, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

New Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome

Professor Susann S. Lusnia, FAAR’96, has been appointed to a three-year term as the Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome, starting in 2011. She will succeed Professor Gregory S. Bucher of Creighton University, Director of the Classical Summer School for the years 2008-2010.

An Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University, Dr. Lusnia teaches courses in Roman art and archaeology, topography of ancient Rome, architecture of the Roman Empire, Pompeii, and ethics in archaeology. She has excavated at Carthage and Troy.

Before coming to Tulane University in 2000, she taught at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1999-2000, now Randolph College) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (1998-99).

“Precious few know Rome, the Academy, and its Classical Summer School as well as Susann Lusnia,” remarked AAR Mellon Professor T. Corey Brennan (FAAR’88) of the appointment. “Susann taught for two years in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, had two additional years in the city as a Rome Prize Fellow, and also is a past Assistant Director of the Academy’s Summer School. And for almost a decade, she has taken on leadership roles – Secretary, Vice-President, and most recently as President – in the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the organization that provides crucial scholarship aid to students in the Summer School. Susann Lusnia is an expert on a dazzling range of topics in Roman studies, and has won Tulane’s top undergraduate teaching award. The Academy is genuinely blessed to have her as Greg Bucher’s successor.”

In addition to the two-year Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize (The Frank Brown-Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1994-6), Dr. Lusnia has received a Fulbright Grant for research in Italy (1991-2), a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (2005), and the Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Tulane University (2007).

Dr. Lusnia is the author of the forthcoming book, Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus, published in Collection Latomus (Bruxelles). She has published articles and reviews in American Journal of Archaeology, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Journal, Latomus, New England Classical Journal, and Traumatology, as well as a chapter contributed to the volume Representations of War in Ancient Rome, edited by Sheila Dillon and Katherine Welch, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and just released in a paperback edition in 2009.

Dr. Lusnia received her B.A. in Latin from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) in 1985. She earned her M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1998) in Classics, with a concentration in classical archaeology, at University of Cincinnati.

The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome was established in 1923 for high school teachers and graduate students of Latin, ancient history and the classics, but its audience has become more varied over the years, including college teachers and those working in related fields. It is designed to provide participants with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the ancient city of Rome and its immediate environs from the earliest times to the age of Constantine through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

Information on the upcoming 2010 program.

Well done, Susann and Andrew!


May 20, 2010

LSU’s M. Zerba receives grant

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 3:20 pm
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From Emily Batinski (LSU):

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to report that Michelle Zerba, Associate Professor of Classics and English, has been awarded an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) Grant for her project “The Dexterity of Doubt: Skepticism and Forms of Uncertainty in Antiquity and the Renaissance.”

Congratulations, Michelle!

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