Seminar | 4th Century Greek Literature

Seminar | 4th Century Greek Literature

Χαίρετε! The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to express thanks and appreciation to all the participants in the 2015 Sunoikisis Greek Course Development Seminar. From Thursday, June 11th to Sunday, June 14th, the participants collaborated to create a dynamic syllabus focusing on 4th Century Greek Literature. The course will center on Plato’s Alcibiades I but will also be supplemented by a variety of both primary and secondary texts.

This year we had the pleasure of welcoming 11 scholars to join us for this summer’s Sunoikisis Greek seminar. The seminar began with Prof. Amy Singer’s assessment (Franklin & Marshall) on last year’s Sunoikisis Greek course, focusing on course goals and the structure of the weekly inter-institutional common session. The participants reflected on this data when designing this year’s syllabus and common sessions.

During the seminar, participants presented on various works of secondary scholarship to both inform the group and stimulate enthusiastic discourse. Topics discussed included authenticity, politics and ambition, the dialogue form, philosophy, alterity, self-knowledge, and many others. By the end of the seminar, the participants had built a syllabus around both primary and secondary readings, lectures, and corresponding writing assignments all designed to engage the students with 4th century Greek Literature.

All involved institutions will participate in a weekly common session that will take place on Wednesday nights at 7–8pm (EST) via Google Hangouts. Each common session will feature a discussion led by a participating professor and will utilize secondary scholarship from the course.

At the end of course, students are encouraged to submit proposals to share their research and writing at the 2016 Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS), taking place at the Center in the spring. Any undergraduate from an institution in the U.S. may apply, although priority will be given to students currently participating in the inter-institutional Sunoikisis courses running in fall 2015.

We would like to give a special thank you to Prof. Håkan Tell from Dartmouth College for serving as this year’s Greek course consultant. We would also like to thank Prof. Bryce Walker from Sweet Briar College for serving as course director.

The following faculty were in attendance: Ben DeSmidt (Carthage College), Ryan Fowler (Franklin & Marshall College), Hal Haskell (Southwestern University), Polyvia Parara (University of Maryland- College Park), Danilo Piana (John Hopkins University), Chuck Platter (University of Georgia), Joe Romero (University of Mary Washington), Luis Salas (University of Texas-Austin), Amy Singer (Franklin & Marshall College), Håkan Tell (Dartmouth College), and Bryce Walker (Sweet Briar College).

If you are interested in participating in the 4th Century Greek Literature course this fall but are not a student in a participating institution, or are a professor who wants to get involved with Sunoikisis, please contact us. Additionally, see this FAQ.

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Day 1

Session 1 (1:32:56)

Session 2 (1:25:22)

Session 3 (1:33:21)

Session 4 (1:32:03)

Day 2

Session 1 (1:28:08)

Session 2 (1:32:05)

Session 3 (1:29:22)

Session 4 (1:34:16)

Day 3

Session 1 (1:25:35)

Session 2 (1:29:15)

Session 3 (59:28)

Session 4 (1:00:52)

Day 4

Session 1 (1:28:24)

Post authored by Emily Kohut and Giuliana Savini