This week, Mark Usher, Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Vermont, will be staying at CHS and using the library. His academic interests include orality studies, Near Eastern influences on classical literature, especially on Greek literature of the archaic period (Homer, Hesiod and the lyric poets), and ancient philosophy (the writings of Plato and Seneca in particular). Currently, he is working on a book entitled Sustainability, Complex Systems, and the Greeks, which traces the modern conception of ecological and socio-economic sustainability and complexity theory back to their unacknowledged roots in ancient Greek and Roman literature and philosophy. In addition to publishing books and articles in the field of Classics, he has written two opera libretti in Greek and Latin (for text, music, and video see neron-kaisar-the-opera.org), original poetry, translations, and children’s books.
Mark Usher is visiting CHS under a grant, awarded to scholars around the world that could benefit from access to the Center’s library resources and from consulting and working with fellows on a short-term basis. The CHS is currently accepting applications for visits from January 21 to May 20, 2015. To learn more, visit the CHS website.