Steven W. Cole | Senior Lecturer in Classics and Assistant Dean for Faculty Evaluation, WCAS
Steven Cole (Ph.D., Mesopotamian History, University of Chicago) is a Mesopotamian historian of the first millennium BCE. His focus is Babylonia, and his scholarly interests are in the comparative study of the interactions of tribes and towns, the social and political phenomena of frontiers, and the changing ecological conditions of the lower Mesopotamian plain. Over the past two decades Cole has been engaged in a collaborative, multidisciplinary attempt to establish the locations and characteristics of the Euphrates, Tigris, Karun, and Kerkhah River systems of lower Iraq and southwest Iran through antiquity. He is particularly interested in how these systems influenced the formation of political institutions and the structure of social groups. Cole is the author or co-author of four books. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty he held academic appointments at Harvard University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Chicago, and the University of Ghent.
Prof. Barbara Newman (Ph.D. Yale) is known for her work on medieval religious culture, allegorical poetry, and women’s spirituality. She has translated a number of Latin texts, including Hildegard of Bingen’s Symphonia, the Life of Juliana of Cornillon, the collected saints’ lives by Thomas of Cantimpré, and most recently the Letters of Two Lovers, tentatively ascribed to Abelard and Heloise (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). She regularly teaches a graduate workshop in medieval Latin.