June 2, 2003
Scholarship award presented at 16th annual Classics
By Scott Rappaport
Harvard professor John Hamilton delivered the 16th annual Carl Mark
Deppe Lecture in Classics on May 28 at Cowell College. The address was
followed by the presentation of the Sol and Esther Draznin Memorial
Scholarship in Greek to UCSC senior Jonathan Froehlich.
|UCSC alumnus James Draznin (Cowell
77), left, presents the Sol and Esther Draznin Memorial Scholarship
in Greek to UCSC senior Jonathan Froehlich.
Photo: Donna Hancock
Hamilton previously taught at UCSC as a visiting assistant professor
of classics from 1999 to 2001 before moving on to his current position
as assistant professor of comparative literature and German studies
at Harvard. The author of numerous articles on the Classical tradition,
Hellenism, and Greek poetics, Hamilton discussed German philosopher
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche as a classical scholar, connecting his ideas
with the work of Pindar, the great lyric poet of ancient Greece.
UCSC classics professor Mary-Kay Gamel presented Froehlich with the
$500 Sol and Esther Draznin Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship fund
was established in 1997 by James Draznin, who graduated from UCSC in
1977 with a double major in classical studies and politics. He is now
director of planned giving at the Oregon Community Foundation in Portland.
The award is given to one undergraduate student each year in honor of
outstanding achievement in the study of Greek language and literature.
UCSC associate professor of classics Karen Bassi noted that Froehlich
has earned honors in the major for classics and highest honors in the
major for philosophy.
"Not only is his knowledge of the Greek language outstanding,
but his written work brings his fields of study--classics and philosophy--into
the kind of dialogue that pushes the boundaries of each," Bassi
The annual Classics Lecture is presented in honor of Carl Deppe, a
Cowell student who was killed in an auto accident in 1985. His parents,
George and Patricia Deppe, established an endowment, and the first Carl
Deppe Memorial Lecture took place in 1987. They attended this year's
event and reception, as did James Draznin, students, and faculty including
emeritus professor Harry Berger Jr.
"These events testify to the vitality of the classics at UCSC
and to the fact that a small but intellectually rigorous program can
make a significant contribution to the campus community," Bassi
said. "The classics faculty are very grateful to the continuing
support of the Deppe and Draznin families on behalf of their program
and their students, past and future."
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