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Alumni Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Boswell Hall! Our building was renamed after William & Mary eminent alumnus John E. Boswell, a pioneer historian, whose groundbreaking research illuminated same-sex unions and the life of marginalized people in the Middle Ages. As W&M strives toward an inclusive commemoration of its history, Boswell Hall’s new name marks a step toward this direction. If you would like to read more, please click here.

Many of you might already know that we recently mourned the passing of beloved Professor Julian Ward Jones Jr. Ward was the heart and soul of the department for four decades, and his imprint on his students and W&M is indelible. We will miss his cheerful spirit and visits to the office. We will continue to honor him by hosting the Jones lecture. If you want to read more about Ward, his life, and his contributions to William & Mary, please follow this link.

The previous academic year was one like no other. We all learned how to use technology better than we ever thought possible; mastered the art of appearing in front of a camera; and found new ways to connect. Last May, our third undergraduate research colloquium on Ancient Religion was conducted via Zoom and gave the opportunity to our undergraduates to present their research to a wider audience of students, faculty, family, and friends. It was a fantastic occasion about which you can read here.

Finally, Homecoming is just around the corner. This year we would like to welcome all of you to our annual reception, which will take place outdoors at the Boswell Front Entrance on Saturday, October 9, from 10 am to noon. It will be a great time to catch up and renew old friendships. Please RSVP to Ms. Holmes ( so that she can make sure we have enough food and drink.

And please do send us your news. . .  As always, we are delighted to hear from you.

Best wishes,


Vassiliki Panoussi

Chancellor Professor and Chair

Department of Classical Studies