At a ceremony in April the Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England, Professor Alan Pettigrew, recently launched a new lectureship in Latin – the Charles Tesoriero Lectureship.
This position has been made possible by the generosity of the late Dr Charles Tesoriero (1973-2005), who had been a lecturer in Classics at UNE from 2001 until the time of his death. Dr Tesoriero left the University and the University of Sydney bequests of $1 million each to establish new lectureships. The University of New England has supplemented the funds to ensure that the lectureship will be able to endure into the future.
The University of New England has been teaching Classics since the New England University College first opened its doors in 1938, and this strengthening of its capacity is very welcome, notwithstanding the tragic circumstances which have brought it about.
For more information on Dr Tesoriero and the tragic circumstances of his death see this obituary on the website of Roman Byways, a conference held in his memory in December 2007, and this article published in The Australian, 11 June 2008.