Evan Jewell Appointed Classical Summer School Director

A young man holds a book with a red cover sitting on a white sofa, with light falling from the right
Evan Jewell, a 2023 Rome Prize Fellow in ancient studies and the new director of the Classical Summer School (photograph by Daniele Molajoli)

AAR is pleased to announce that Evan Jewell (2023 Fellow) has been selected as the new director of the Classical Summer School. He will immediately step in and oversee the upcoming 2024 Classical Summer School.

The Classical Summer School, which recently celebrated its one hundredth year, is a five-week program designed to provide qualified graduate students, and middle school, high school, and college/university teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

Jewell is an assistant professor in the history department at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, and a member of the steering committee for the gender studies program there. He received his PhD in classical studies from Columbia University and has published and forthcoming work on Roman youth, the emperor Nero’s bearded portraiture, Roman oratory and popular ideology, Roman colonization, and subaltern approaches to the urban space of Rome.

In 2022–2023, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies, during which he worked on his book, Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire (149 BCE to 79 CE), which has also been funded by a grant from the Getty Research Institute. He is the coeditor (with Elena Isayev) of an open access volume, Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, published last year, as well as another coedited volume, expected in 2025 with Routledge, Mobility in Antiquity: Rethinking the Ancient World through Movement. He has also excavated at the Villa Adriana, Italy, as a member of the Columbia University APAHA excavations, and maintains a strong interest in Roman art and archaeology, as well as Latin literature and epigraphy.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the next director of the Classical Summer School,” said Jewell. “Having just been a Rome Prize Fellow, I developed an even deeper appreciation for the city, its surrounds, and what they can offer the next generation of educators and thinkers in Ancient Studies, from Latinists to historians to archaeologists. From practical pedagogical strategies to Roman material culture to new spatial approaches to the city, I cannot wait to build and innovate upon the legacy of the Classical Summer School with teachers and graduate students from across the US and all walks of life.”

Applications for the 2024 Classical Summer School will be accepted until February 23, 2024. Learn more about the Classical Summer School and read the application guidelines.

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