Michele Salzman Elected Classical Studies Chair in Rome

Michele Renee Salzman has been elected as chair of the Advisory Council of the Committee on the School of Classical Studies of the American Academy in Rome (AAR).

Salzman, a professor of history and former UC presidential chair who also serves as the chair of the Tri-Campus Classical Studies Executive Committee,  will serve a three-year term and will be responsible for running the annual meeting of the Committee on the School of Classical Studies that takes place every January at the American Philological Association Annual Meetings, as well as regular business meetings in Rome.

“It is a great honor to be elected to chair the Advisory Council,” Salzman said. “The American Academy in Rome is one of the most important sites for humanistic scholarship and artistic creation.”

The AAR supports the creative arts and humanistic scholarship and oversees The American School of Classical Studies, which offers fellowships in all phases of Italy’s history and culture, from the ancient world to modern times. The school will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014.

The School of the Classical Studies sponsors conferences and lectures during the course of the year, organizes a series of trips and tours of Rome and Italy for scholars, and participates in a range of archaeological projects.

Salzman has been involved with the AAR since 1986, when she received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to work on what was her first book, “On Roman Time:  The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity” (Harvard, 1990).  In 2008, she was the Lucy Shoe Merit Scholar in Residence and in 2010, she directed an NEH Summer Seminar for College teachers at the AAR.

Derek Burrill in Gotland Game Conference

Derek Burrill, associate professor of media and cultural studies, lectured and sat as a juror of student presentations at Gotland Game Conference 2013 in Sweden June 3-5. He was one of 14 scholars and game industry representatives invited to present at the conference, which was hosted by Gotland University  in the medieval city of Visby. The event focused on feminism, gender and inclusiveness in games.

Burrill’s lecture — “Watch Your Ass!: Masculinity, Play and Games” — examined performance and movement in digital games, as well as the cultural and artistic impact of video and computer gaming.

“It seems clear that video games and masculinity are intimately linked – the players, games and industry itself work to produce a gendered space and an erotic imaginary often centered around men and maleness. But why? And why is this seen as ‘natural’?” he said in describing the lecture. “By theorizing masculinity as inherently unstable and performative, we can begin to unpack the logics of ‘proving’ – the constant and inherent need to demonstrate masculine behavior through competition, mastery and domination. And where better to do this than in the virtual, prosthetic and cultural space of videogames?”

Jocelyn Millar Elected ESA Fellow

For his outstanding contributions to entomology, Jocelyn Millar, a professor of entomology, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious Entomological Society of America (ESA), the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines.

This year, Millar and only nine others were elected to this honor. They will be recognized in November, at the annual meeting of the ESA in Austin, Texas.

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