The Washington Ancient Mediterranean Seminar (WAMS) convenes twice each academic year. WAMS meetings center upon the professional presentation of formal papers or research projects, typically delivered by junior faculty members from area institutions, who are nominated each year by the WAMS Steering Committee. Presentations are followed by responses, generally offered by senior scholars from outside of the Washington, DC region. WAMS therefore serves as a bridge between faculty and professionals from different area institutions, providing a forum where they can work together to mentor younger scholars, exchange ideas, and create deeper working relationships.


Upcoming events

WAMS happily anticipates a re-launch of in-person events in academic year 2022-23. In the meantime, the DC classics community has been active in other ways.  WAMS co-founder Prof. Emerita Judith Peller Hallett has collaborated with Stephen Rojcewicz, Jr. (with the participation of several others, including Catholic University alumni) to produce an ovatio, a Latin speech of praise, in honor of Dr. Anthony Fauci

Steering Committee

Prof. Emerita Judith Peller Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario, The Catholic University of America

Committee Members
Prof. Shane Butler, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Marden Nichols, Georgetown University
Prof. Angela Pitts, University of Mary Washington
Prof. David Rosenbloom, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. Norman Bishop Sandridge, Howard University

Past events

  • Fall 2019

    October 24, 2019, at The Catholic University of America

    • Anastasia Bakogianni, speaker (Massey University, New Zealand)
    • Helene Foley, respondent (Barnard College, Columbia University)
    • Andrew E. Simpson, respondent (The Catholic University of America)
  • Fall 2018

    September 27, 2018, at Georgetown University

    • Kelcy Sagstetter, speaker (United States Naval Academy)
    • Donald Lateiner, respondent (Ohio Wesleyan University)
  • Spring 2018

    May 25, 2018, at The Catholic University of America

    • Brien Garnand, speaker (Howard University)
    • Peter Van Dommelen, respondent (Brown University)
  • Fall 2017

    October 7, 2017, at the Annual Meeting of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) in New York City
    • Marden Nichols, speaker (Georgetown University)
    • Timothy Moore, respondent (Washington University, St. Louis)
  • Spring 2017

    May 5, 2017, at Howard University
    • Jorge Bravo, speaker (University of Maryland, College Park)
    • Christopher Faraone, respondent (University of Chicago)
  • Fall 2016

    November 10, 2016, at The Catholic University of America
    • Caroline Stark, speaker (Howard University)
    • Christopher Celenza, respondent (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Spring 2016

    May 4, 2016, at the University of Maryland, College Park
    • Francisco Barrenechea, speaker (University of Maryland, College Park)
    • David Konstan, respondent (New York University) 
  • Fall 2015

    October 15, 2015, at The Catholic University of America

    • Katherine Wasdin, speaker (The George Washington University)
    • Alison Keith, respondent (University of Toronto) 
  • Spring 2015

    May 8, 2015, at The Catholic University of America

    Inaugural Panel: "Faculty Career Development in Classics"

    • W. Robert Connor (Teagle Foundation)
    • Margaret Mullett (Dumbarton Oaks)
    • S. Georgia Nugent (Kenyon College)
    • Victoria Pedrick (Georgetown University)
    • Patrice Rankine (Hope College)