Weiberg wins fellowship from American School



Graduate student Erika Weiberg has been awarded the Bert Hodge Hill Fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. She will attend the Regular Program of the school as a Regular Student Member next year.

“Study at the ASCSA will help me integrate the material evidence offered by Greek art and epigraphy with literary analysis of texts so that we can better understand one aspect of women’s lives in ancient Greece,” Weiberg explained. Her dissertation will focus on the depiction of the traumatic effects of war on wives of returning veterans in Greek tragedy.

Weiberg becomes the third fellow from the department to join the school in the past three years. Currently Hans Hansen and Rebecca Worsham are participating in the school now.

The department’s ties to the school extend back to Eben Alexander, who formed early ties with the school during his early years as a faculty member in the department. The department’s relationship to the school was formalized when J.P. Harland was appointed as a faculty member in 1922 and our graduate program was founded. Since then, many members of the faculty have maintained our ties to the school: Henry Immerwahr was director for many years; Mary Sturgeon was a senior member, a member of the Corinth Excavations, a Whitehead Professor, and chair of the Managing Committee; and Ken Sams has long served as a voting member of the school’s Managing Committee. Donald Haggis’s archaeological site, the Azoria Project, also excavates under a permit from the school.

Earlier in the year, Weiberg also received special departmental recognition, wining the Preston H. and Miriam L. Epps Prize in Greek Studies for 2014.




Haggis examines an artifact

Donald Haggis was recently awarded a three-year Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, entitled “The Azoria Project Excavations: A Study of Urbanization on Crete, 700-500 B.C.”

The award of $250,000 constitutes a significant contribution to on-going excavations at Azoria, which are scheduled to reopen in 2013 for a second five-year campaign, co-sponsored by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The Azoria Project is the excavation of an early Greek city (seventh to sixth centuries B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Aegean, studying urbanization and the changing sociopolitical and economic organization of an emergent urban community in the transition from the Early Iron Age (1200-700 B.C.) to Archaic periods (700-600 B.C.).

Earlier this year, The Archaeological Institute of America recognized Prof. Haggis and the Azoria Project with its “Best Practices in Site Preservation Award.” Click here to learn about the Azoria Project.


Hans Hansen and Rebecca Worsham each recently won fellowships to attend The American School of Classical Studies at Athens as regular members next year.

Rebecca Worsham


Hansen, philology, won the James Rignall Wheeler Fellowship and Worsham, classical archaeology, the Emily Townsend Vermeule Fellowship to fund their studies. The program involves extensive travel and study of Greece with a diverse group of Classical scholars.

“This intensive program will broaden my experience as a Classicist, benefiting me as a teacher of Greek literature and civilization,” Hansen explained. “I also expect that the first-hand understanding of the Greek world offered by the program will shed light on the poetry of Pindar that I am studying for my dissertation.”

Funded by the Archaeological Institute of America’s Olivia James Traveling Fellowship, Worsham has spent the past year studying and researching her dissertation in Greece, but, like Hansen, will now undertake the ASCSA’s program because it “encourages students to engage with a spatially and temporally broad range of Greek archaeology and history.”

Hans Hansen while travelling


“As a result of the emphasis on first-hand experience of the Greek landscape and the opportunity it provides for direct communication with a number of scholars active in the field,” Worsham said. “The program is enormously beneficial both for my own research and for my future teaching.”

Hansen and Worsham continue a long-standing tradition of UNC graduate students studying at ASCSA.