Although Euripides’ Bacchae is ancient, its lessons on political power, religion, sexuality, and fear are increasingly pertinent in modern society. Aaron Poochigian uses this Greek text to view modern societal issues through an ancient lens.
We are concerned about the brutal murder of George Floyd, the clear evidence of institutionalized racism, and the cynical use of both scripture and the classical past to advance divisive political agendas.
Renana Schneller is an instructor of the only modern language taught in CNES: Hebrew. After overhearing a colleague talk about teaching an online course, she felt compelled to create her own. Now, the course is offered across all Big Ten Universities, and Schneller has hopes of expanding her online Hebrew curriculum.
Can ancient Greek literature teach modern society more about how to solve problems? S. Douglas Olson is attempting to prove it can. He studies ancient literature, translating it to make it accessible to the modern reader.
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.