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Professor Selected to Participate in Greek Seminar Series in D.C.

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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dr. Bethany Hicok, professor of English and director of the Honors Program at Westminster College, was selected as one of 18 faculty members from across the United States to participate in the Histories of Herodotus Summer Seminar to be held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D. C., July 25-31.

Nominees selected through this competitive process receive full funding through the Council of Independent Colleges, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“This summer seminar could not have come at a better time for my development as a teacher and for our honors program,” said Hicok. “Westminster has just redesigned the Honors Program to include a global, interdisciplinary core sequence of general education courses, which begins with the Ancient Greek World.”

The honors sequence is designed to foster global awareness and help students to think through the ethics of travel and encounters with diverse peoples and cultures.

Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, and Hicok teach the first course in the honors program sequence which is followed by a trip with students to Greece.

The Histories of Herodotus seminar is designed primarily for non-Greek specialists like Hicok, and is focused on the value of teaching the classics of Greek literature, such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, as well as Herodotus’s Histories, in the undergraduate classroom.

“The program is an amazing opportunity for me to study with distinguished scholars in the field,” said Hicok, who will use the seminar to help further develop dimensions of Honors Program courses.

The seminar will be taught by Dr. Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Dr. Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College, and Director of Fellowships and Curricular Development at the Center for Hellenic Studies.

Participating in the seminar will also allow Hicok to collaborate with faculty from other institutions and to nominate Westminster students to participate in the Center for Hellenic Studies’ prestigious summer internship program.

For more information about the honors program at Westminster College, visit here. For more information about the upcoming seminar, visit here.