Re-enacting the experiences of the ancient traveller Pausanias

CIC Participants at the ancient site of Nemea along with academic leaders, Greg Nagy and Kenny Morrell

CIC-CHS Seminar 2018

This post is meant to serve as a tribute to all the participants of this year’s “Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom” seminar, co-organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS). Their rich personalities and inquisitive spirits shaped the seminar into a unique experience. Their names are listed below.

At the review meeting in Athens

For the first time in the decade-long existence of this annual seminar, 20 professors travelled to Greece and retraced the travels of Pausanias by visiting a variety of ancient sites and modern museums. The travel-seminar was organized in close cooperation with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Nafplio. Among the ancient sites visited were Mycenae, Nemea, “Nestor’s Palace” at Pylos, Ancient Olympia, Delphi, and, in Athens, the Acropolis, the Agora and the Kerameikos. In addition to the text of Pausanias, the participants had read in advance a selection of poetic, historical, and philosophical works related to each site. Their diverse academic backgrounds, which included Classics, English, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, led to stimulating conversations throughout the days spent together in the travel-seminar. These conversations took place during the on-site explorations, in the daily scheduled review meetings, as also at “office hours in the bus”. They focused on Greek material culture, as evidenced in the evolution of sacred, domestic, and civic architecture, also in representations of traditional narratives and daily life in the visual arts, both three- and two-dimensional.
The leaders of the travel-seminar were Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Rhodes College.
The following professors were in attendance: William Bruce (Gustavus Adolphus College), Agnes Choi (Pacific Lutheran University), Christy Cobb (Wingate University), Hamish Dalley (Daemen College), William Davis (Colorado College), Charles Goldberg (Bethel University), Cheryl Golden (Newman University), Charles Gunnoe (Aquinas College), Kathryn Hain (Northwest Christian University), Benjamin Haller (Virginia Wesleyan University), Robert Irons (Hampden-Sydney College), Allannah Karas (Valparaiso University), Diane Lipsett (Salem College), Kathryn Milne (Wofford College), Heather Ohaneson (George Fox University), Allison Paynter (Chaminade University of Honolulu), Elizabeth Robertson (Drake University), Melanie Shepherd (Misericordia University), Daniel Wasserman-Soler (Alma College), and Megan Zwart (Saint Mary’s College).
The seminar is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
For more information about the Council of Independent Colleges, visit the CIC website. If you are interested in participating in future travel-seminars or in any of the CHS educational programs, please visit our website.
At the Ancient Stadium in Olympia