New year, new look: who’s who at Rutgers Classics (2 of 3)

Who’s who at Rutgers Classics? This is Part II of a three-installment series; here we focus on our current graduate students. Full details on the RU Classics Graduate Program and its People can be found at our new departmental website. The RU Classics Graduate Director is Professor Serena Connolly.

College Hall on the Douglass campus of Rutgers, steps from RU Classics

Our 2008/9 graduate students..

Jason Albaugh received his BA in Latin and Biology from Western Michigan University.While enrolled in Rutgers graduate Classics he teaches Latin in Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (Summit, NJ). Jason’s primary interest is Latin pedagogy, and he will be presenting a paper, “Anansi Tigridem Ligavit: Using Folk Tales in the Latin Classroom”, at the CAAS Fall Meeting in Princeton on Saturday 11 October.

Kristen Baxter graduated from Villanova University, and is in her fourth year at Rutgers Classics pursuing a PhD. She is interested in Greek lyric poetry of all kinds, but her main focus is on epinician. She has taught Introductory Latin and Greek, and is currently teaching Expository Writing in the Rutgers Writing Program.

Amy Bernard is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Classical Languages and Literature. While working on her graduate degree, Amy is teaching secondary level Latin in the Green Brook Township school district in Somerset County, NJ. Amy’s academic interests include early Christianity, Greek tragedy, satire, Silver Age Latin, and Roman Imperial history.

Lyndy Danvers is a second year graduate student at Rutgers Classics. Originally from New Jersey, Lyndy did her undergraduate work at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her interests include Latin Poetry, especially Virgil and Tibullus, and the Augustan Age in general. She is also Co-President of the Rutgers Classics Graduate Student Organization for the 2008-2009 year.

Left to right: Albaugh, Baxter, Bernard, Danvers

Christopher De Simone graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and is in his second year of graduate study in Classics at Rutgers. In April 2008 he presented a paper “Sallustian echoes in the speech of Calgacus (Tacitus, Agricola 30-33)” at the annual NE Corridor Latin Colloquium, featuring students and faculty from Columbia, NYU, Penn, Princeton, and Rutgers, hosted by Columbia University.

Now in his third year in the PhD program of RU Classics, Andriy Fomin graduated with a specialist degree in Classics and Ukrainian Language and Literature from the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine. He also holds an EdM degree from Rutgers, which he received during a previous visit to the US on the Muskie/Soros Fellowship Program. Andriy’s interests include Augustan Rome, Ovid, and Latin pedagogy, and he is a veteran teacher of introductory Latin.

Charles George entered the graduate program in classics at Rutgers in 2007. He comes from Boston University with a BA in Ancient Greek and Latin. He is currently a co-president of the Rutgers Classics Graduate Student Association and is interested in Greek history and drama. This year he teaches introductory Latin for the Department.

Elizabeth Gloyn holds a BA Hon. and MPhil from Cambridge University (Newnham College). This year she was awarded position in the brand-new Rutgers Newark Scholar-Teacher Program. Read the whole story here.

Benjamin Hicks, a graduate of Washington & Lee University, will be presenting a paper entitled “Evocatio Imagery in Tacitus’ Histories 4.83-84″ at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association in January 2009. Read his profile here.

Left to right: De Simone, Fomin, George, Gloyn, Hicks

Eleanor Jefferson graduated from Smith College in May 2008. This summer she worked with Corey Brennan on projects related to the American Journal of Ancient History. At Rutgers, she hopes to concentrate on the effects of Roman imperialism on the people and culture of its provinces.

Sean Jensen, a graduate of Brown University, is currently in Greece as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Read the full story here.

Eirikur Kristjansson grew up outside Reykjavik, Iceland, and received a double BA degree (Latin and Greek) from the University of Iceland. He is presently working on a translation of Hesiod into Icelandic—the first for that author in this language—and also has been researching Latin translations of Aratus. This summer he taught the second half of introductory Latin at Rutgers. His most recent topical discovery: “‘Obamam amabo” kind of makes sense in Latin”, says Eiki, “as well as being a palindrome.”

Rachel Loer is starting her second year at Rutgers, having graduated with a BA from Baylor University. She has previously taught four years of Latin at the elementary school level, and this term at Rutgers is teaching introductory Latin. She is interested in Latin poetry, particularly Virgil’s Georgics, but is contemplating moving on to Lucretius for her special author.

Constantin Pop holds a BA in Classics from Iasi University in his native Romania, as well as a MA from University of Texas at Austin. He spent a productive summer at Rutgers doing research on various projects, including a review of a book about Greek lawgivers. His interests are Roman law (especially the law of persons), pagan religions, ancient philosophy as a cultural phenomenon, Greek athletics—as well as “Marathon jogging, Spartan javelin throwing and Mediterranean siestas.”

Left to right: Jefferson, Jensen, Kristjansson, Loer, Pop

After receiving her BA in Classics from the University of Oregon in 2000, Kate Shea explored what the corporate world had to offer before returning to the study of classics at Rutgers. Her interests lie mostly in Latin literature, especially the neoterics and the erotic poetry of the Augustan age, though the Hellenistic poets capture her attention as well. Since becoming a graduate student, Kate’s also worn a few other hats including: working for Rutgers’ Center for the Electronic Texts in the Humanities to explore new technologies in the digitization of classical texts and with the Alexander Library on Rutgers’ Roman Republican coin collection; serving two years as the Librarian of the Glorious People’s Library at Deep Springs College (California); and most recently becoming a mother to beautiful twin daughters, Jordan and Camella. Currently, Kate is beginning work on her dissertation on Ovid’s Amores.

Kate Whitcomb is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where she received a degree in Classical Languages. While at Bryn Mawr she spent a semester studying abroad in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. Kate’s academic interests include monumental architecture, the Forum of Augustus and Euripides’ treatment of women. Aside from studying Classics, Kate spends her free time dancing, reading historical fiction and traversing the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Lisa Whitlatch is a third-year graduate student on the PhD track. She completed her BA at Trinity University and this October receives a MA at Rutgers. She has taught elementary Latin as well as the summer session of “Women in Antiquity,” the small size of which provided an intense and enthusiastic environment. During the 2007-2008 academic year, she served as the Classics Graduate Student Organization Co-President and organized lectures by Professors Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn), Erwin Cook (Trinity), Kathryn Morgan (UCLA), and Mary Beard (Cambridge). Her research interests include Ovid’s Metamorphoses and ancient hunting.

After earning a BA in Classics from Davidson College in 2005, Lane Worrall moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to teach Classics at a small, independent high school. While there, she taught introductory through AP Latin, and introduced a Greek language course to the department’s curriculum. Lane says she is “looking forward to being a student again, and I hope to spend some time next summer digging in the dirt in Cyprus.”

Left to right: Shea, Whitcomb, Whitlatch, Worrall

As long as we’re talking “who’s who”, a word about the building in which RU Classics is presently housed, named after Ruth Marie Adams (1914-2004). From 1960-1966 Adams was professor of English and dean of Douglass College at Rutgers, and later president of Wellesley (1966-1972), and vice-president of Dartmouth (1972-1977).

Next up: who’s who of RU Classics undergraduate majors for 2008/9!

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