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Prof. Rex Stem (1969-2020)

Rex Stem, our colleague and beloved friend, died on Wednesday October 21, 2020 at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento of complications from colon cancer. He was fifty-one years old. Rex is survived by his wife Melissa, son Henry, and daughter Nathalie, by his father and brother, and by his many friends.

BLM Solidarity Statement

The Classics Program at UC Davis stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Welcome to Professor Cruz!

The Classics Program is delighted to announce the appointment of Kathleen Cruz as Assistant Professor of Classics.

Professor Cruz arrives at UCD from Princeton University, where she completed her PhD thesis entitled "The Poetics of Horror in Lucan's Bellum Civile and Statius' Thebaid." It may be some time before students can meet Professor Cruz in person, so in the meantime we offer a brief Q&A by way of virtual introduction:


How did you first get interested in Classics?

Shop Talk with Professor Hexter

After nearly nine and a half years as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of UCD, Ralph Hexter stepped down from his administrative posts this June (you can learn about his many accomplishments here and here) and rejoined the Classics Program (and Department of Comparative Literature) as an active faculty member.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

To our Classics majors and minors in the class of 2020, congratulations for all of your achievements!

Welcome Students

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you.

Socrates Wants You to Tidy Up, Too

These days, it appears that nobody is immune to Marie Kondo fever. But while the “KonMari” method is having a contemporary cultural moment, it is not entirely new. Readers of ancient Greek philosophy may already have encountered aspects of it in the work of Xenophon, an Athenian soldier turned philosopher who was a student of Socrates.

Welcome Incoming Students!

To all of our 2018 incoming first year and transfer students, your advisers in Sproul Hall wish you a warm welcome!


Google Study: Humanities, not STEM, key to success in tech

In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last.