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1999 Speaker - Dr. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

Chair of Classical Studies, Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Wesleyan University

Dr. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1970. He went on to pursue both his M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University, earning these degrees in 1972 and 1977, respectively. A classicist, Dr. Szegedy-Maszak is particularly interested in the Classical Tradition, as well as Greek literature and history.

Dr. Szegedy-Maszak began his teaching career at Wesleyan University as an Instructor of Classics in 1973, a position he held until he obtained his doctorate in 1977. Since receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Szegedy-Maszak’s academic appointments have included:

  • Assistant Professor of Classics (Wesleyan University, 1977-1980)
  • Associate Professor of Classics (Wesleyan University, 1980-1988)
  • Professor of Classics (Wesleyan University, 1988-present)
  • Classics Department Chair (Wesleyan University, 1987- 1992, 2000-2004, 2006-07)
  • Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek (Wesleyan University, 1992-present)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Classics (UCLA, 1985-1987)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Classics Department (Dartmouth College, summer 1987)
  • Visiting Professor, Classics Department (Dartmouth College, summers 1989-1991)
  • Visiting Professor (Yale School of Drama, spring term 1996, 1998, 2001; fall term 2003)
  • Visiting Professor (Princeton University, 1998-1999, fall term 2000)

An expert in his field, Dr. Szegedy-Maszak has published two books: The Nomoi of Theophrastus and Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (with Claire Lyons and John Papadopoulos). He has also published over forty articles and four translations. He has curated eleven photographic exhibitions, both single-handedly and with co-curators, and has given a multitude of lectures and conference presentations, beginning in the early 1970s and continuing on to the present day. His prolificity and knowledge have won him the respect of those in his field, and he has been the recipient of several awards, grants, and fellowships, including:

  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1970
  • Summer Institute, American Society of Papyrologists, 1970
  • NDEA/Princeton University Fellowships, 1970-73
  • Wesleyan Center for Humanities, faculty fellow, spring 1978 and spring 1997
  • Wesleyan Project Grant, 1979 and 1991
  • NEH Summer Seminar - Columbia University, 1981
  • NEH Translation Grant - Johns Hopkins Press, 1985
  • American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics, 1986
  • Wesleyan University Teaching Excellence Award, 1996
  • Wesleyan Center for Humanities, faculty fellow, spring 1997
  • Princeton University, 250th Anniversary Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching, 1998-99

Along with fulfilling his responsibilities as a professor, Dr. Szegedy-Maszak has also served his field in several other crucial capacities, including:

  • Contributing Editor, Archaeology magazine, 1988-2003
  • Guest Scholar, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, July-Sept. 1985
  • Paid Consultant, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Oct. 1985-May 1987
  • Consultant-lecturer, NEH-sponsored faculty development project, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA, May 1989
  • Core faculty, NEH Summer Institute on Classical Mythology, "The Songs of the Muses," University of Maryland, July 1990
  • Contributing Editor, History of Photography, 2000-present
  • Director, Center for Faculty Career Development, 2001-present

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