Edinburgh Classics Outreach
Classics at Edinburgh is committed to outreach in the local community and further afield.
As academics with the chance to study and teach Classics for a living, we are keen to engage with the local community of learners and to enthuse others about the subject we are passionate about. At the moment, we are in the process of building up a number of outreach activities and projects, and this page includes details of the some of the project and events in which we are and have been involved.
Outreach events, activities, and outputs
University of Edinburgh staff are regularly involved in a number of local outreach activities, in addition to their contributions in various media and publications aimed at a broader audience. Here is a selection since spring 2019 (with specific individuals named where appropriate):
David Lewis gave an online talk in the 'Sparta - Live!' series co-hosted by the Nottingham Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies and the Mayor of Sparti, Greece, entitled 'Adapting slavery to Spartan society' (18 March 2021).
Benedikt Eckhardt gave a lecture for school teachers on Jewish History in the Roman Empire (21 January 2021), as part of a programme entitled '1700 Jahre Quellen aus der deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte'.
Jenny Shearer (fourth-year MA in Classical Studies) led an outreach session on Hellenistic coinage via Zoom; attendees included a number of Edinburgh students, access students from the University of Glasgow, A-level pupils from across England, and others from France, Ireland, China, and the USA (16/1/2021).
Kimberley Czajkowski spoke to the Anglo Israel Archaeological Society on ‘Re-approaching the Babatha Archive’ (18 November 2020).
Andrew Dufton and Theodora Hadjimichael provided talks on Roman archaeology and Greek literature to the Sutton Trust, a charity that works with secondary school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds (14–16 July 2020).
Ben Russell spoke to students at the Royal High School in Edinburgh on the topic of Roman archaeology (17 February 2020).
Benedikt Eckhardt organised an evening of public presentations by students reflecting on their trip to Macedonia (21 January 2020).
Ulrike Roth was a session leader for a panel with US middle and high school teachers to discuss classroom and curriculum strategies for the teaching of slavery, held at the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University on 2 November 2019 (in conjunction with the annual GLC conference: http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/event/eventView.do?b=de&href=/public/cals/MainCal/CAL-8a808a85-6b2c2f62-016b-2d7d2022-00007951.ics).
Miranda Anderson: Where is your mind? on 12 August 2019, as part of the RSE Summer program.
- Miranda Anderson: Has your phone replaced your brain? on 8 August 2019, as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas.
- The Classical Association of Scotland Summer School (July 2019).
- Lilah Grace Canevaro organised in the department a day of lectures and meetings for local Classics teachers (31 May 2019).
- Foteini Spingou organised a team of Classicsts to run in the Edinburgh Marathon festival in support of the UG Classics Society and Literacy through Latin (26 May 2019).
- Benedikt Eckhardt: lecture at George Heriot’s School on ‘What can the Greeks teach us?’ (23 March 2019).
- Foteini Spingou organised an event on Gaming Classics (Assassin's Creed Odyssey) as part of the University of Edinburgh's Festival of Creative Learning (19 February 2019).
- Fabio Guidetti: Long-term involvement with CELA – Connecting Emerging Literary Artists, as a writer of popular history, and author of L’Impero romano in 100 date.
- Literacy through Latin was started in 2015 by Aaron Pelttari in collaboration with the Iris Project. He coordinated the program for three years during which time student volunteers taught in 14 different P6 classrooms in 4 different Edinburgh Council primary schools. In 2018, he handed off the program to be run by inspiring students of Edinburgh University’s Classics Society. For more information, please contact Issy Chasey (I.C.Chasey@sms.ed.ac.uk ), their Charity and Outreach officer.
- The Classical Association of Scotland is very active. We were even proud to see our own Alex Imrie featured in this article for his work with Scottish schools.
- Edinburgh and South East Centre of the Classical Association of Scotland, which is composed of academics from the University of Edinburgh and Classicists from local schools.
Our current Outreach officer is David Lewis.
Questions about this outreach webpage can be directed to Aaron Pelttari.