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Virtual Career Networking Event
Saturday, January 6, 2024
12:00pm – 2:00pm CST via Zoom

In response to the shifting job market for Classics and Archaeology MAs/PhDs, the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) will hold its seventh annual Career Networking event at the AIA/SCS 2024 Joint Annual Meeting (January 4-7, 2024), in Chicago, IL. The networking event, which will be fully virtual, will allow for graduate students, contingent faculty, and others who are interested to meet with graduates of Classics MA / PhD programs whose primary career is not, or has not been, teaching and research at the college and university level.

This rotating roundtable event will take place from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (CST) on Saturday, January 6th. Pre-registered attendees will attend the event with networkers, who will rotate around the various breakout rooms for discussion with participants.

To attend this event, you must be registered as a virtual or in-person attendee for the 2024 Annual Meeting and sign up for the event using the link below, as capacity is limited. Information about the networkers who will be in attendance is below.

How to Sign Up:

You must sign up for this event by filling out this form: Sign Up for Career Networking
Please note that capacity is limited to the first 35 registrants, and you must also be registered as a virtual or in-person attendee for the 2024 Annual Meeting.


Philip Katz currently serves as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty at Princeton University. In this role, Phil coordinates the hiring and promotion of researchers, visitors, and teaching staff in the humanities and social sciences. He also manages budgets and sabbatical leaves for more than twenty academic departments, in addition to conducting institutional research for teaching-focused committees and projects. He entered academic administration after receiving a B.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Classics from New York University.

Joanna Kenty earned her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from UPenn in 2014, with a dissertation on Cicero's political rhetoric and the history of the transition from Late Republic to Early Principate. After 6 years of teaching and publishing in academia, she began working in 2020 for a nonprofit doing curriculum design and faculty development in civic engagement, and whatever else needed doing in a small organization.

Jeremy Ott is Classics and Germanic Studies Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he oversees library collections and services across the breadth of the Classical Greco-Roman world as well as Byzantine civilization, and on German-speaking countries and their Dutch and Nordic neighbors. He currently serves as chair of the German-North American Resources Partnership and has chaired the SCS-affiliated Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication. He received his PhD from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in 2016, and during much of his graduate career worked in libraries and archives including NYU's Grey Fine Arts Library and IFA Aphrodisias Archive, the library of the American Research Center in Sofia, and the Blegen Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He maintains research interests in Late Antique archaeology and the history of scholarship.

Ariane Schwartz works for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she helps clients build capabilities and accelerate organizational transformations on the Digital Delivery team at McKinsey Academy. She taught for several years at Dartmouth, UCLA, and Harvard. She has co-founded the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (a SCS and RSA affiliate group) and has been involved in several digital humanities initiatives, including Quantitative Criticism Lab (based at UT-Austin). She received her B.A. and M.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University.

Kurtis Tanaka, PhD, is senior program manager for justice initiatives at Ithaka S+R, where he has led numerous projects on increasing access to and the quality of higher education opportunities in US prisons. His work is broadly framed around the question of how people access information, through this lens exploring the role of technology in higher education in prisons and the impact of Departments of Corrections’ media review policies, censorship, self-censorship, and digital surveillance on educational quality. Beyond higher education in prisons, Kurtis works with academic libraries, publishers, and museums to help them better serve their users and communities.
Kurtis holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world from the University of Pennsylvania. As an archaeologist, Kurtis has worked extensively on excavations in Greece and Turkey, including Mycenae, Nemea, Corinth, and Gordion. Building on this experience, his dissertation explored processes of cultural and technological change in Greece and Turkey during the eight to sixth to centuries BCE.

Philip Venticinque: Associate Provost, University of Chicago. After nearly a decade as a faculty member at Cornell College (2009-2018) as an assistant and then associate professor of Classics, Phil Venticinque joined the University of Chicago Provost Office in 2018. He is the administrative lead for several areas: academic hiring, appointments, and all aspects of the academic life cycle for 3000+ academic appointees and relations with unionized instructional faculty; postdocs and postdoctoral affairs; and academic and faculty affairs. With colleagues in the Provost’s Office and the College, he also leads the university accreditation efforts. At Cornell College, Phil taught a variety of language and classical studies courses and held numerous elected and appointed posts, including chair of Classical and Modern Languages department, chair of the faculty salary committee, and chair/program advisor of Classical Studies and Archaeology. He also served as a member of the Dean’s Curriculum Advisory Committee and worked on different strategic initiatives and assessment. Phil is the author of Honor Among Thieves: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt (University of Michigan, 2016), and has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and Dumbarton Oaks. He received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Classics from the Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago. During his time as a graduate student, he also served terms as the associate student ombudsperson (2003-2004) and student ombudsperson (2004-2005).

Bryan Whitchurch currently serves as the Chair of Classics at Washington Latin School. His career spans teaching in K-12 schools, university settings, and an array of summer programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Philology and M.A. in Greek and Latin from Fordham University, an M.A.T. in Latin in Classical Humanities from UMASS Amherst, and a B.A. in History from Utah State University. His interests in Classics are centered in questions of reception, the current expression of which have taken the form of how to bring the Classics to the public at large through K-12 schools. For more information, click here:

AIA/SCS 2024 Joint Annual Meeting, January 4–7, 2024, Chicago, IL, with a photo of Chicago