In Memoriam: James Morwood

(From our colleagues at Wadham College)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Emeritus Fellow and Classicist James Morwood, at the age of 73, while on holiday in Greece. Details of a memorial service will be published in due course.

Below is a list of his accomplishments, adapted from his biography at Wadham College:

James Morwood was elected to a Fellowship at Wadham College in 1996, where he taught and served as Dean of Degrees, Steward of Common Room, and Dean (the last post from 2000 to 2006). He became an Emeritus Fellow in 2006 and was the Editor of the Wadham Gazette.

James was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he sat Part I of the Classical Tripos and Part II of the English Tripos. After a year at Merton College, Oxford on the course for the Diploma of Education, he went to Harrow School in September 1966 to teach Classics and English. He spent 30 years at Harrow, the last seventeen of them as Head of Classics. He was deeply involved in school journalism and drama, working with Richard Curtis and Ben Cumberbatch among many others. He was librarian for more than eleven years, and sat on and later chaired the school’s Treasures Committee, a body which brought into existence the Old Speech Room Gallery.

In 1996 he moved to Oxford University and took up the post of Grocyn Lecturer in the Classics Faculty and served for a year as President of the Oxford Philological Society.

James was a committed member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and held the Presidency of the Association for 1999-2001, becoming an Honorary Member in 2011. He was President of the London Association of Classical Teachers for 1995-6; was a regular tutor at the JACT Greek Summer School at Cheltenham and Bryanston since 1970, served as its Director of Studies, and its Director. He also taught classics and English literature at the University Of Cambridge Institute Of Continuing Education.

With Eric Dugdale, he was editing a new series for the Cambridge University Press entitled ‘Greece and Rome; Texts and Contexts’. His revision of the Oxford Latin Course for North American college students was published in January 2012; his book on Hadrian (Bloomsbury) was published in the summer 2013.

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Bella Vivante will lead this tour from July 13-28, 2015.  This Greek theatrical tour, in English, will explore in place the physical and dramatic origins of theatre in Ancient Greece. We will:

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  • View performances of ancient Greek plays, some in ancient theatres such as Epidauros, and discuss the elements of their modern productions.
  • Meet with contemporary Greek dramatists to discuss stagings of ancient Greek plays.
  • Give our own reading/performance in an ancient theatre.
  • Have time to relax, experience Greek culture, and savor scrumptious Greek food and drink!

We will visit sites and museums and view performances in and around our 2 bases of Athens and Nauplion.  The tour will include in Greece

  • Services of HERC (Hellenic Educational & Research Center)
  • Lodging: quality hotels w/ breakfasts
  • In-country travel: private, luxury buses
  • Museum & site entry fees
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For further information, write to: bvivante4@gmail.com

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On Saturday September 27, the ACL/JCL/ETC Office is moving. Its new address will be:

860 NW Washington Blvd.,
Suite A
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The ACL's phone number and fax number, will remain the same:  513-529-7741 (phone) 513-529-7742 (fax).  During this period it may take us longer to process orders and respond to your messages. We will be transitioning phone service on Monday, Sept. 29; so, it may be best to email on Monday.  Once we are settled, we will create a 'virtual visit' so that you can see our new home.

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The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is now offering a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ancient Languages.  The certificate is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate degree and who would like to strengthen their language training in order to pursue graduate or advanced study in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Egyptology, Historical Linguistics, Ancient Philosophy. 

More information at http://cams.la.psu.edu/news/ancient-languages-2013-a-new-post-baccalaureate-certificate-at-penn-state

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Paleography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library. 

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

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The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.  Fellowship term: September 2015 – June 2016.  Application deadline: October 1, 2014.

Eligibility:  Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research. For full eligibility requirements, see http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/

How to Apply:  Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at: http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/.  External Faculty inquiries: shc-fellowships@stanford.edu.  Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305-4015, shc-fellowships@stanford.edu

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