AUSTIN, Texas - Karl Galinsky, the Floyd A. Cailloux Professor of Classics and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the faculty of philology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.
In 2009, Galinsky won an International Max-Planck Research Prize, funded with 750,00 euros (ca. $1 million), to study the function of cultural and historical memory in ancient Rome. The project, Memoria Romana, is located at the German university where Galinsky spends several months a year.
The project now numbers thirty-one grantees, including fourteen doctoral students, in various countries and disciplines such as art, literature, archaeology, religion and political history. Other activities are the organization of international conferences, including one at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 for graduate students and younger scholars. Given the focus on memory, some of the conferences have included neuroscientists, biopsychologists and the world-class architect Daniel Libeskind.
“The synergy here has been tremendous,” Galinsky says. “The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a young institution (founded in 1963) and I am grateful for the opportunity to broaden my horizons, build up another project, and work with so many outstanding people.”
Galinsky is an internationally known authority on Roman civilization. He has received numerous awards both for his research and teaching. His tenth book, a biography of the Roman emperor Augustus, will be published by the Cambridge University Press in 2012.