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.
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.
A new online program from the University of Minnesota Language Center began this fall. It provides a way for University of Minnesota-Morris students to enroll in language courses taught by Twin Cities instructors that were not previously offered. The program currently offers an intermediate Latin course and a first-year Dakota course.