Kristofer Coffman is a graduate fellow studying Religions in Antiquity through the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies. He hopes to increase cross-cultural understanding of language and culture as well as pay homage to his family’s heritage.
Associate Professor Eva von Dassow researches developments in how we understand democracy and think about government. She is also active in University politics and activism on campus. “I found that I have a laboratory right here,” she says. “It helps me understand the real dimensions of the things I study: liberty, governance, citizenship.”
PhD candidate Jeffrey Cross has found a wealth of opportunity while studying with the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies. From winning the Jeremias Prize to conducting research abroad, Cross speaks on the formative experiences he has received from CNES as well as how liberal arts students can benefit from biblical studies.
Melissa H. Sellew’s 35-year career with CNES has paved the road for a variety of new studies and careers. From identifying ancient papyrus documents through crowdsourcing to being a dedicated mentor to many, Sellew’s career has brought her around the globe and touched the hearts of all of those who have worked with her.
Translator, poet, and classical and Near Eastern studies 2006 PhD alum Aaron Poochigian speaks on his happy years in the program, his work today, and how CLA students can benefit from studying ancient literature.
The Quran has captivated new Assistant Professor Mohsen Goudarzi’s interests since an early age. Today, he explains how rethinking fundamental aspects of this text can lead to a new understanding of Islam’s beginnings.
How can studying ancient religions give us insight into how humans understand their identities today? By studying ancient texts written by Jewish people living outside of Jerusalem, Patricia Ahearne-Kroll’s research strives to challenge the way we think about reconstructed texts and the relevance of ancient studies today in terms of understanding identity.
CNES alumna and recent Jeopardy! contestant Claudia Hochstein discusses the of the value of her Latin degree—how it’s prepared her for the future, from game shows to scientific research—and how greater diversity awareness should be brought to the Latin field.