Meaghan is a graduate student at Brown University and has a B.A. in classics from Stanford University, where she wrote a thesis on the relationship between politics, poetry, and gender in Catullus. Her other interests include ancient religion, Latin and Greek syntax, intellectual history, and Red Sox baseball. She is an alumna of Living Latin in Paris (2016), and was a Rome Fellow (2016-2017).
Claire Catenaccio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University. She received her A.B. in Classics from Harvard University in 2007, her M.Phil. in Classics from Oxford University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2017. Her primary field of research is ancient drama, focusing at present on the role of solo actor's song (monody) in the tragedies of Euripides.She has published articles on the significance of lamed figures in Greek mythology, on the use of masks in Attic tragedy, on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus' Oresteia, and on singing actors in Sophocles' Trachiniae. As a director, dramaturge, translator, and actress, she has worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient plays, and she loves bringing Greek and Latin poetry to life through performance!
Joseph Conlon has a BA from Reed College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has taught in various Paideia programs since 2011, including LGiG, LLiR, and LLiR(HS), and also sometimes teaches Sanskrit through Telepaideia. He is interested in language pedagogy, theories of language acquisition, historical linguistics, Homer, Plato, and Plautus.
Anna Conser is the Curriculum Chair for Living Greek in Greece. She is a Ph.D. student in Classics at Columbia University, where she has served as director for the Ancient Drama Group. In addition to tragic performance, Anna's research interests include ancient music, Aristotle's Poetics, and the aesthetic of intellectual wonder in philosophical and scientific writing. Her preliminary dissertation work investigates how pitch accent patterns in choral song may reveal musical structure, with implications for the literary interpretation of tragedy. Anna received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2007, and subsequently spent several years working odd jobs, traveling, and studying around the world. Highlights include four months in India, a Fulbright Fellowship in Erfurt, Germany, and a year of Arabic study in Damascus, Syria.
Jessica (Penny) Evans has a PhD in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin and has taught at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, where she is currently a lecturer in the Department of Classics. She teaches Latin, Greek, history, and identity courses, as well as courses for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. In 2003 and 2005 she studied Latin with Father Foster and most recently participated in Paideia's Living Greek in Greece program. Her research interests include the intersections of gender and historiography, and, more specifically, masculinity in ancient Greece. She is also a fifth-degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Daniel Gallagher holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S. and M.A.), the Catholic University of America (M.A. in Philosophy), and the Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.L.). From 1995 to 2000, he studied Latin under the expert instruction of Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., whom he succeeded in the Office of Latin Letters at the Vatican Secretariat of State in 2007 - 2016. He is currently the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University.
Luca Grillo teaches in the Department of Classics at Notre Dame University. He earned his M.A.s from the University of Minnesota (Classical and Near Eastern Studies), a PhD from Princeton (Classics) and taught at Amherst College (2008-13) and at UNC (2013-18). His area of specialty is Latin prose, with a special focus on writers of the Late Republic: he published a monograph on Caesar’s Civil War, a commentary on an oration by Cicero and he co-edited The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar.
Laurie Glenn Hutcheson is the Head Teacher at Living Latin in Rome High School. She made her first visit to Rome when she was in high school, and she has been going back ever since. She discovered the magic of reading (and singing) Latin in Rome with Reginald Foster in the summers of 2004 and 2006. After teaching Latin and Greek at Boston University Academy for 8 years, she began teaching in LLiR(HS) in 2014. She completed her PhD at Boston University in 2018 with a dissertation on the Iliad. She loves good stories and playing games with language.
Richard Hutchins is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. He received his PhD in Classics and Classical Philosophy at Princeton University, and is a co-founding instructor of Living Greek in Greece. He is interested in a wide range of subjects, including the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epicureanism, Stoicism, Thoreau, and Emerson. His research focuses on the concept of nature in Classical Philosophy, and specifically on the ecology of plants, animals, and humans in Lucretius' De rerum natura. His publications seek to recuperate ancient ecological thought for the needs of the present. When not teaching class at LGIG, he can often be found at the café next door to the hotel drinking Greek coffee and engaging in philosophical conversation.
Darrel Janzen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and has enjoyed teaching at Living Greek in Greece since 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Classics at Brown University in 2018. His research interests centre on the literature and culture of the early Roman empire, and he is currently writing a book about solitude in the early Roman empire and the cultural significance that Romans assigned to behaviour that they viewed as solitary. Darrel is also involved in producing a student edition of Seneca’s De Clementia and an edition and translation of the Latin poetry of the 16th century Italian poet Pierio Valeriano for Harvard University Press. Darrel also enjoys teaching and researching about the Greek world: he is particularly interested Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Greek attitudes towards the environment.
Christopher Krebs is Associate Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He has published widely on many aspects of Roman Literature, especially historiography and its reception. His most recent book, Tacitus' Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich (Norton 2011), received the Christian Gauss Award and has been translated into six languages. He is currently preparing a commentary on Book 7 of Caesar's Bellum Gallicum as well as co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Caesar with Luca Grillo.
John Kuhner holds an A.B. in Classics from Princeton University and has been teaching Latin since 1998, for ten years at the elementary and high school levels and since 2008 at SALVI's flagship summer program, Rusticatio Virginiana. He is the current president of the North American Institute of Living Latin Studies (SALVI), co-founder of the Catskill Native Plant Society, and author of Staten Island, or Life in the Boroughs. He had the privilege to study with Fr. Reginald Foster in Rome in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2007, and he takes a particular interest in applying language acquisition research to the teaching of Latin. Other interests include botany, long-distance bike touring, good writing, and simplified living a la Thoreau.
Cat Lambert is a Ph.D. student at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University. She specializes in ancient book culture, combining book historical approaches with literary and performance criticism in order to situate material texts in a larger social world, showing how physical books and other inscribed objects participate in the construction of style, gender, power, and the body. She is currently working on two projects: one on ancient Roman bookworms (of the entomological variety), and the other on book roles in Attic Comedy. She also has an abiding interest in the poetics and language of desire, gender, and sexuality from Sappho to C. P. Cavafy. Before starting her Ph.D. at Columbia in 2016, Cat served as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College in the U.K., where she taught Latin and Greek to boys in tailcoats and coached rugby. Cat is passionate about engaged pedagogy, καρπούζι, and anything written by Sara Ahmed.
Dr. Nancy Llewellyn is a California native who has studied the Latin language and Latin literature of all periods for over twenty years. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr, she studied with noted Vatican Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster for three years in Rome. She earned her Licenza in Christian and Classical Letters at the Pontifical Salesian University under the direction of Fr. Cletus Pavanetto, President of the Vatican’s Latinitas Foundation. During her graduate studies at UCLA, she was awarded the prestigious Luckman Fellowship for Distinguished Teaching. In 1997 she created SALVI, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting the speaking of Latin, under whose aegis she conducts annual spoken-Latin workshops that attract teachers and students from around the country. She teaches at Wyoming Catholic College, whose Latin program she initiated at the College's founding in 2007. Before her Wyoming appointment, she taught at Loyola Marymount University in Southern California and served as Project Coordinator of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Latina initiative at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Dr. Llewellyn’s interests include language pedagogy, Neo-Latin literature, paleography, and archaeology.
Matthew McGowan is Associate Professor & Chair of Classics at Fordham University and alumnus of Reginald Foster's Fifth Experience (Rome 1998-99). From 2009-2015 he served as President of the NY Classical Club and is currently the Vice-President for Communication and Outreach for the Society of Classical Studies. His scholarly interests range broadly over Greek and Latin literature and the classical tradition. His first book, Ovid in Exile: Power and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, appeared in 2009 with Brill, and he has just completed an edited volume, Classical New York: Greece & Rome in NY's Art and Architecture, for Fordham University Press. He is currently at work on a Guide to the Greek and Latin Inscriptions of New York City alongside a survey of ancient lexicography, Dictionaries in Ancient Rome: The Art of Defining Latin Words, 200 BC--800 AD. He teaches a wide array of courses, from classical myth to Latin prose composition, and is delighted to be working with Paideia and its wonderful students and staff!
Ada Palmer is a Associate Professor in the History department at the University of Chicago, focusing on radical thought and the recovery of the classics in the Renaissance. She studies Renaissance manuscript production and early printing, the teaching and editing of Latin and Greek classics, censorship and the Inquisition, networks of scholarly patronage especially in Florence and Rome, and Renaissance reactions to Epicureanism, Stoicism, Platonism, Pythagoreanism, skepticism, and other ancient schools of thought. Her first academic book Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance examines Latin marginalia and commentaries in the first Renaissance copies of Lucretius, and the impact of the rediscovery of classical atomism on the birth of modern thought. Her current projects include a history of philosophical skepticism from antiquity to the Enlightenment, and a collaborative project exploring the impact of new information technologies on censorship and information control, comparing the print revolution to the digital revolution. Palmer is also an award-winning science fiction novelist, a composer, a historical consultant for anime and manga publishers, and writes the philosophy and travel blog ExUrbe.com.
Alex is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Freson. He received his PhD in Classics from Princeton University. His interests include late antique Greek literature, ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, and animals in ancient thought. His dissertation is on the figure of the philosopher in the epistolary corpus of Synesius of Cyrene. He has taught at LGiG since its inception.
Roberto Salazar is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at the University of Versailles. A former fellow of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, he holds a double B.A. in Classics and Philosophy, and an M.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature (Paris-Sorbonne). He is interested in the reception of classical works in the Arab World, Modern Greece and Latin America (Borges in particular), and has done research on European Classical Reception and Neo-Latin. Over the years he has developed a keen interest in learning and teaching languages, both ancient and modern. He has taught Latin and Greek in Bogota, Paris and Berlin. He currently leads the Spoken Latin workshop at the ENS and is writing a second M.A. thesis on Homeric Classical Scholarship.
L.J. Scurfield is a Latin and History teacher at Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he also lives on dorm and coaches golf. L.J. earned his M.A. in Classics at the University of Kentucky in their spoken Latin program and holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from Hamilton College, where he wrote a thesis on the role of Aethiopia in the ancient world. He is an alumnus of Living Latin in Rome '14, taught on the Living Latin in Rome (High School) '15, and was also a Site Coordinator for Aequora's Kentucky program.
Andrew teaches 6th- through 12th-grade Latin and Greek at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. He did his B.A. in Latin, Greek, and Math at the University of Vermont before getting his M.A. in Classics from the University of London. He wrote both his B.A. and M.A. theses on Cicero’s translations of Greek. He's finishing a Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton with a dissertation on appetite and satisfaction in epic poetry. Rome is his favorite place in the world, in no small part thanks to (re)learning Latin there over a few summers studying with Reginald Foster during college. To get to continue Reggie’s legacy by teaching for LLiR makes him very happy, as does the opportunity to take his high school Latin students to Rome each spring. His second favorite place in the world is the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, where he catches fish about as often as the supine appears.
Barbara is finishing up her PhD program at Columbia University. Her dissertation focuses on 'Wonder' in Herodotus' Histories. Once a student at LGIG, she has since taught in the LGIG and Aequora programs. In her spare time she enjoys performing with the Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group, reading, and traveling.