Sunoikisis Team

Here is the group that makes Sunoikisis happen:

Lindsay Samson (Sunoikisis Ancient Science: Medicine Course Director) enjoys reading a wide variety of Classical literature, but her research focuses primarily on Theocritus.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2013, while teaching part-time at Agnes Scott College. When she is not researching or teaching, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and experimenting in the kitchen.

Bryce Walker (Center for Hellenic Studies Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development) is an Assistant Professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Walker’s primary area of research is in Latin literature, specifically Roman satire and related genres. He has given papers recently on the function of philosophical moralizing in the satires of Juvenal as well as the connections between insanity and satirical discourse. While exploring questions of social criticism more broadly in both the Roman and Greek worlds, Professor Walker is currently revising his dissertation for publication.

Ryan Fowler (Center for Hellenic Studies Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development) (PhD Rutgers University) recently completed two book manuscripts: The Imperial Plato (working title; forthcoming [2013], Parmenides Press), and Plato in the Third Sophistic (forthcoming [2014], De Gruyter Publishing). During the fall 2013 semester, Ryan was the course director for the Greek lyric Sunoikisis course with Gregory Nagy and the Early Republican Literature Sunoikisis course with Niall Slater.

KennyMorrellPicKenny Morrell (Director of Fellowships and Curricular Development) joined the faculty at Rhodes College in the fall of 1993 after teaching for several years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Having grown up in southeastern Idaho where the nearest Latin teacher was a couple of days away by fast horse (or three hours by car), his academic pilgrimage to the world of classics began at Stanford University. After graduating in the spring of 1982 with B.A. degrees in German Studies and Classics, he journeyed to the other coast and began his post-graduate training at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in classical philology in the fall of 1989. Since his time at Harvard as a graduate student, he has been involved in a number of initiatives to incorporate the use of informational technology in the study of ancient Greece and Rome. He was, for example, a member of the team that developed Perseus: Interactive Sources for the Study of Ancient Greek Civilization, a collection of texts and images on CD-ROM (now available on the web at www.perseus.tufts.edu). In 1995 Professor Morrell and his colleagues from sister institutions in the Associated Colleges of the South established Sunoikisis, a “virtual” department of classics, to expand the opportunities for students of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. One aspect of this initiative was an excavation and survey in the Elmalı plain of southwestern Turkey, on which he worked during the summers from 1998 to 2005. Since 2003, Professor Morrell has been affiliated with the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. (www.chs.harvard.edu), which now serves as the home for Sunoikisis. At the CHS he directs the fellowship and curricular development programs.

1006254_4558451938856_1449823140_nEmily Kohut (Sunoikisis Post-Baccalaureate Fellow) graduated in 2016 from Colorado College, where she earned a double major in Classics (with distinction) and English Literature. As a Classics major, she focused on Classical languages and literature, especially Latin. Her thesis addressed light and dark imagery as a representation of the violence of man in Seneca’s Thyestes and Agamemnon. Kohut is the co-author of “Finding a Balance: Music at Liberal Arts Colleges,” in College Music Curricula for a New Century, edited by Robin Moore (under contract with Oxford University Press). She will begin graduate work in Classical Studies at Western University in London, Ontario in the fall of 2016.