June at the Center for Hellenic Studies

The Sunoikisis internship at the Center for Hellenic Studies offered me a wonderful opportunity to observe and contribute to the planning for the upcoming Sunoikisis courses on Greek literature of the Hellenistic period and Latin literature of the Empire (70–180 CE). Prior to my internship at the CHS this June, I had been a student in the fall 2015 Sunoikisis Latin course on Neronian literature and had attended the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) in March. Being a Sunoikisis student and participating in SURS were both amazing experiences for me. I very much enjoyed interacting online with students and faculty from several other institutions during the course, and it was wonderful to be able to meet some of them in person at the Symposium and to hear their insightful comments on my research project, an examination of satirical features in Seneca’s Thyestes.

IMG_20160623_153426954_HDRBeing an intern for Sunoikisis this summer allowed me to facilitate the collaboration and cutting-edge work involved in the development of the Latin and Greek courses for fall 2016. As a Sunoikisis student, I was a beneficiary of the planning that took place during the seminars last year. This June, I helped faculty ensure that students in this fall’s courses will also have terrific experiences. Along with my colleagues Drew and Emily, I documented the faculty meetings by taking notes and monitoring and editing video and audio recordings of the planning seminars. Drew, Emily, and I also frequently contributed to seminar discussions. Faculty regularly asked us for student perspectives on the primary and secondary sources to be covered in the courses and for suggestions on how the components of the course, such as writing assignments and online common sessions, should be structured. Additionally, we interns made presentations on several scholarly articles relevant to Hellenistic Greek literature and Imperial Latin literature. These presentations, which were made by every participant in the seminars, familiarized faculty with contemporary ways of approaching the texts that will be taught in the courses this fall.

Through the Sunoikisis internship, I was able to get to know many wonderful teachers and scholars in the field of Greek and Roman Classics. The Sunoikisis faculty members always took my suggestions seriously and demonstrated a great deal of consideration for the students who will be participating this fall. I also had the great privilege of learning from the experiences and insights of the other interns at the Center for Hellenic Studies, many of whom are interested in digital humanities and linguistics.

I would like to thank Allie Marbry, Lanah Koelle, and Kenny Morrell for their guidance during the internship. Bryce Walker, CHS-Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development, and the Sunoikisis faculty members were wonderful to work with, and I very much enjoyed their good humor. Additionally, I owe a debt of gratitude to my mentors at Hunter, Ronnie Ancona and Adele Haft, who recommended me for this amazing opportunity. Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to Drew, Emily, Jack, Kate, Josh, and Dan for their great company.