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Judaic Studies Courses added to Cluster

30 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that several Judaic Studies courses have just been approved for the Interpreting the Past Cluster:
JST 317U Jewish History from Antiquity to the Medieval Period
JST 319U Rabbinic Culture in the Roman World
JST 324U Historical Introduction of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
JST 325U Retelling the Bible

Please feel contact the Judaic Studies Department for more details and the syllabus:



Lectures on Ancient Egypt

29 Mar

Portland has its very own chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, and they host a number of interesting lectures throughout the year such as this upcoming one in April on
In The Realm of the Ancient Egyptian God Montu: Temples and Rituals
For details on this and other events, check out their website:

PSU Classics Society call for members

26 Feb

Here’s info on an organization some Interpreting the Past students might be interested in, they’ve already had some really fun events.

The Portland State Classics Society seeks to develop an appreciation and advocate for a continued use of Classical Languages and Literature in modern education. The Classics Society, or Society for Classical Languages, Literature, and Culture is a student organization at Portland State University founded by students for students which works in close conjunction with Professionals across disciplines to advocate for the continued and imperative use of a broad classics-based liberal arts education at the university level and beyond.

more info at:

Groovy spreadsheet on overlaps between clusters and minors

21 Dec

UNST Cluster_minors 2012-2013
I know that many of you like to leverage your coursework for your University Studies cluster requirements into also getting a minor, so I thought I’d post this spreadsheet that I just received from Rowanna Carpenter in the UNST office that maps out all of the ways it’s possible to do this.
Happy holidays!
Anne McClanan

Explore the Origins of Money and more….

10 Oct

Check out the upcoming lectures for the Portland chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America:
October 26th, 2012 – Friday 7:30 pm – School of Business Auditorium PSU
Nicholas David, University of Calgary
“From Dunhuang (P.R. China): the oldest Star Atlas”

November 30th, 2012 – Friday 7:30 pm – School of Business Auditorium PSU
Mary Bacharova, Willamette University
“Homer and Hittites” (real title coming soon)

February 1st, 2013 – Friday 7:30 pm – School of Business Auditorium PSU
John Papadopoulos, UCLA
“The Origins of Money: Coinage, Art, and the Construction of Value in the Ancient Mediterranean”

March 1st, 2013 – Friday 7:30 pm – School of Business Auditorium PSU
Michael Hoff, University of Nebraska
“Roman Athens: The Transformation into an Imperial City”

Further details can be found here:

Big Picture on University Studies

20 Sep

In case you’re wondering about how your work in the Interpreting the Past Cluster fits into University Studies as a whole, this pdf has a useful overview. As always, feel free to contact the Cluster Coordinator, too, if you have questions about your work for the Cluster: anne [at] pdx. edu
Understanding UNST – Final 9.12linked

July lectures

12 Jul

Warm up for the Olympics with these two talks open to the public…

Saturday, July 21st at 1 pm: Cramer 250
“London 2012: The French Revival of the Modern Olympics and the British Display of the Elgin Marbles… Are Greek Temples Religion or Loot?,”

Sponsored by the Program in Hellenic Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Portland State University

Monday, July 23rd at 2 pm, 200 Art Bldg
“The Greeks on Display: How the Vatican Invented Modern Art Museums, and Reinvented Religion Along the Way,”
Sponsored by the Program in Hellenic Studies and the Center for Public Humanities, Portland State University

Both lectures will be presented by Dr. Louis A Ruprecht, Jr., William
M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies at Georgia State University. Professor
Ruprecht is also a permanent Research Fellow at the Vatican Library and
Secret Archives, where he spent eight years researching a book on the
creation of the Vatican’s First “Profane Museum” in 1761. He is also a staff
writer for Religion Dispatches, and blogs for the Huffington Post