Published May 22, 2017

‘The Verbal Art of Plato’

Monmouth’s Mamary chosen to participate in seminar on ancient Greece
Monmouth College Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Anne Mamary is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, “The Verbal Art of Plato.”

CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies recently selected 21 faculty members out of 51 highly competitive nominations to participate in the seminar, which will take place July 24-30 at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Nagy, the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College, will lead the seminar. The program is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In his recommendation letter for Mamary for the program Dean of the Faculty David Timmerman wrote, “Anne is one of our most effective teachers and one of our most thoughtful. … The seminar topic is perfect for her in terms of both her teaching and her scholarship. She regularly teaches courses on classical texts and utilizes classical texts in nearly every course she teaches.”

Timmerman noted that Mamary teaches courses which are cross-listed with several other departments, so in selecting her for the program “there is the potential for the seminar to infuse courses across the Monmouth College curriculum.”

“Strengthening the teaching of the classics at colleges and universities is of critical importance,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “This seminar series addresses the challenge of keeping alive in undergraduate education classical texts that a generation ago were read and understood by every college graduate. We believe that Professor Mamary will contribute to the seminar in meaningful ways and learn much that will energize teaching when she returns home.”

Designed primarily for non-specialists, the seminar will explore Plato’s dialogues in which he “stages” encounters between Socrates, his mentor, and some of the most celebrated intellectuals in the second half of the fifth century BCE. The language of these conversations reflects Plato’s keen ear for the complex traditions of verbal art.

For more than 10 years, CIC has collaborated with the Center for Hellenic Studies to provide seminars on teaching the classics for small and mid-sized independent colleges that have a limited number of faculty members or courses in the classics. The seminar is ideal for faculty members who have been trained in other disciplines and who seek opportunities to explore major classical texts and learn new ways to teach these texts to undergraduates.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 768 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.

For more information on the seminar, visit the CIC website.
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