Classics and the World Today

The Classics and the World Today (CaWT) Initiative was founded in order to ask to what extent discussing the world of the Ancient Greek and Roman Mediterranean can contribute to our current society. Its second aim was to foster a community of people interested in the ancient world at UTM, encouraging undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni and the broader public to engage with one another in a convivial setting.

The first events—consisting of public discussions with invited speakers and graduate workshops—were held in March 2017 when we celebrated both the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Erindale College as the predecessor of UTM, and the 50th anniversary of the teaching of Classical Civilization at UTM. Since this first event in 2017, further events have been held (see past events) discussing questions of religious violence, ancient mobility, the use and abuse of the historian Thucydides, The question of local identities, movement and global connections, and digital tools for studying Classics. These events have drawn large numbers of visitors not only from within the university, but also from the Peel Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

Within the umbrella of CaWT, we also provide support for undergraduate students to continue studying the ancient Mediterranean beyond the classroom. Students have received bursaries to enhance their undergraduate experience by excavating in Greece, travelling to the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and visiting important museum collections in North America. A call for future applications will be available in early 2020 and in the meantime, please visit the reports by students about their past summer experiences.

CaWT4 event poster

CaWT4 workshop