Jason Pedicone, the co-founder and President of the Paideia Institute, received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 2013. Jason has taught courses in Latin, Greek, and the history of Classical Scholarship at the university level in the U.S. and Western Europe, and is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Fordham University. Jason’s research and public speaking focus on public humanities and Latin and Greek pedagogy. Jason received a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Germany in 2004, and a Jacob Javits Fellowship in 2013 to support his graduate work. In 2015, together with Paideia's co-founder, Eric Hewett, Jason was awarded the President’s Award by the Society for Classical Studies for outstanding achievements in promoting the study of Classics. He lives in Manhattan.
Claire Burgess is Paideia's Assistant Director for Programs. She has a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley, and though she did her thesis work on Romantic illustration, her heart lies with Hellenistic Greek sculpture. She currently lives in Venice, where she's getting a MA in English Literature. When she's not overseeing Paideia's programming, she is most likely to be found in in a creative writing workshop. Claire also edits Loci in Locis, Paideia's art blog.
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.
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.
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.
Anna Conser 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.
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 teaches Sanskrit through Telepaideia. He currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship with Paideia and is creating digital resources for learning Latin and Ancient Greek, including a Latin high school textbook. He is interested in language pedagogy, theories of language acquisition, historical linguistics, Homer, Plato, and Plautus.
Emma has a B.A. in Classics from Yale University, where she wrote a thesis on Vitruvius's De Architectura and its influence on later architectural theorists. She is interested in investigating the intersection of Classics and Architecture, and enjoys Archaeology too. She spent each of her summers during college in Rome, doing a range of activities from working on an archaeological dig to participating in Living Latin in Rome to doing independent research--she's also catalogued the best gelato spots in Rome!
James McGlone is a native of Boonton, NJ, an alumnus of Living Latin in Rome 2014, and a 2015-16 Rome Fellow. He graduated from Harvard in 2015 and gave the Latin Salutatory Address at Harvard's Commencement Exercises. Most of his great loves are family affairs, from the Irish music he plays with his five siblings to the fondness for all things medieval which he often shares with his grandfather over a good cup of tea. He is now back at Harvard, studying to become a lawyer.
Ilias Kolokouris is a Ph.D. student in Classics at the University of Athens and New College, Oxford. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master's Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, for the Modern Greek Language Centre of the University of Athens and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. His current research focuses on the reception of ancient Greek literature within modern greek Aestheticism prose and British Decadence in Oxford. His translation of "Women of Homer" by Oscar Wilde into modern Greek, will be published by Kastaniotis Publications in 2019.
Susan Thorton Rasmussen graduated from Wyoming Catholic College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Latin, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Classics through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She enjoys teaching Latin, and has participated in and led many Latin immersion programs and events, including several outdoor trips, week-long residential intensives, shorter workshops, and even a Latin murder mystery party. Susan is an experienced backpacker and thoroughly enjoys hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing, and she has served as an archery coach while teaching high school in Washington. She and her husband live in Wyoming.
Latin Teacher, Menlo Atherton High School; Instructor, Telepaideia
Maria Luisa De Seta
Maria Luisa De Seta grew up and studied Classics in Italy and Germany, and now teaches Latin I through AP Latin at Menlo Atherton High School in California. She holds a BA in Classics (summa cum laude) and PhD on Literary studies from the Universita’ della Calabria, MA in Teaching Classics and MA in teaching Italian from the Universita’ per Stranieri di Siena; she was a fellow of at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae for two years. Her adventure as teacher started in 2005, at the Liceo Ginnasio Virgilio in Mantua, where she taught Latin and Ancient Greek, both with the traditional and natural approaches. After moving to California, she went back to teaching in public schools and started mentoring new Latin teachers from the San Francisco State Credentialing Program: she is proud of seeing three (so far) of her former students and advisees continuing studying Classics and becoming teachers as well. She has published articles on lexicography, Terence and Ovid and is interested in Rhetorical studies and the reception of the Classics. Recent interests include digital education and the use of technology in the classroom. Maria Luisa teaches a Telepaideia course on "Italian for Classicists".
Jochen has studied Classics and History at the universities of Bochum, Pisa and Freiburg and received his PhD in Bamberg. He now teaches Latin in Würzburg. So far, he has worked on generational relationships in Augustine’s Confessions, on decision-making in Roman Epic poetry, and on Neo-Latin nuptial poems. He is mostly interested in those topics where literature meets life, focusing on narrative devices used to represent human experience. He is happiest driving the tractor on his parents’ farm in southwest of Germany.
Laurie Hutcheson is currently a Ph.D. student at Boston University, where she is writing her dissertation on reported messages in the Iliad and the Odyssey. During the summers of ’04 and ’06, she studied with Reginald Foster in Rome. She has taught Latin and Greek to high school students at Boston University Academy for eight years (2005-13). In her Latin teaching there, she followed Reginald Foster’s method, reading only authentic texts with her students from the very first day.
Richard Hutchins is a PhD candidate 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.
Graduate Teaching Fellow, PhD student // Head Instructor, LLiRHS
Bryan Whitchurch holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Classics from Fordham University, an M.A.T. in Latin and Classical Humanities from UMASS Amherst, and a B.A. from Utah State University in History. His research interests at Fordham focused on classical reception with a particular emphasis on Italian humanism of the 15th-16th centuries and he recently completed a dissertation on Ubertino Posculo's Constantinopolis, a Latin epic recounting the 1453 fall of Constantinople in Vergilian style. Before enrolling at Fordham, he taught Latin for six years in Washington D.C., Boston, and in New York City. Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, he will join the faculty at Washington Latin School in the role of Resident Classicist and Teacher. As a founding instructor and a leader of the Living Latin in Rome High School program, he looks forward to returning once again for an exhilarating teaching experience with students and faculty from across the US and beyond.
Outreach Manager for Classical Tours; Instructor, Telepaideia
David Hewett manages outreach for Paideia's Classical Tours in Europe and the US, and also teaches for Telepaideia. He has an M.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia and is writing a dissertation on Seneca's Epistulae Morales for the same institution. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens, a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Dickinson College. In addition to this formal education, he studied with Reginald Foster in Rome for two summers, has attended numerous Conventicula, and has lived and traveled extensively in Germany, Turkey, and Egypt. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Outreach Manager; Onassis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Marco Romani Mistretta
Before joining the Paideia Institute, Marco Romani Mistretta received a PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University. At Paideia, his main duties include managing Aequora and the Legion Project, developing curricular materials, and co-supervising the Institute’s Summer Humanities Internship. As a classicist, he has taught a number of courses on ancient languages, literature, and philosophy. He has also published research articles on science and technology in the ancient world, as well as on the history of Classical scholarship in modern Europe.
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.
Zoltán studied for two years at the Academia Vivarium Novum, a unique institute where the students are allowed to speak only Latin and Ancient Greek. He received his BA in Classics in Rome, where he wrote his thesis on Hungarian Renaissance of the 15th century and the work of the Italian humanist Antonio Bonfini. He also dedicated a substantial part of his work to important scholars like Petrus Paulus Vergerius, Aeneas Silvius Piccolominaeus, Iohannes Vitesius and, last but not least, Ianus Pannonius. He is currently studying at the Universität Wien in Austria. He has been teaching Ancient Greek for two years, and is also the vice-president of Amygdala, an association for ancient and humanistic studies. His other studies and interests include history and sinology.
Lachie is currently on hiatus from his study in Computer Science at Princeton University to study Italian, history and freelance software development in Italy. He comes from New Zealand. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, singing, being in the outdoors and hunting orcs. At Paideia, he develops iPhone apps, web apps, and works on the development and maintenance of the Institute website.
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!
Marcello Lippiello was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he received his B.A. in Classical Languages and Theology from Fordham University. He has long had an interest in conversational Latin, earning a Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies from the University of Kentucky's Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendis in 2005, along with master's degrees in classical languages and classical studies from UK and from Duke University. He is also a proud alumnus of LGiG 2013 and 2014 (where he played Tiresias in theBacchae), and has participated in two conversational Greek workshops through the Polis Institute, including the inaugural Synodos Hellenike at the University of Kentucky in 2017. He has taught undergraduate college courses in all levels of Latin and Greek at several institutions, including Christendom College in Virginia and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He lives with his family in Danbury, Connecticut.
Lecturer IV in Classics; Head of Residential College Latin Program
Gina Soter holds B.A. degrees in Classics and Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Classical Studies and the Residential College, a living-learning community housed within the university. She created and teaches a three-semester intensive Latin pathway that culminates in a fully staged, public production in Latin of a Roman comedy. Her dissertation was on Greek tragedy and she continues to enjoy teaching Greek courses, but her major investment lately, has been in Latin pedagogy with particular attention to exploring reciprocal connections between past and present. She has worked on excavations at Pompeii and regularly brings students to Italy for Roma Viva!, a university-sponsored study course in in Rome and environs.
Jules is a proud alumnus of Schola Nova and spent a year in Rome at the Accademia Vivarium Novum at the tender age of 14, so speaking and writing Latin are quite natural to him. After finishing high school in Brussels, he joined the Paideia team for a six-months internship at our Rome office. He is currently a collaborator, working as a redactor for our Latin publications. Jules’ interests include Renaissance Neo-Latin, philosophy and history. When not busy learning a new language (he knows seven already), you’ll find him in the kitchen trying out a new Italian recipe. He plans to study Classics in college. At the age of 18, he is likely the most proficient Latin speaker for his age in the world.
Peter Knuffke holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, and a licentiate and doctorate in Christian and Classical Letters from the Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. In the course of his studies, he spent two years in Greece doing research in Eastern Christian theology. In addition to Latin and Greek, he is very interested in the thought of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, and the tradition of thought to which they belong.
Michael Fontaine is associate professor of Classics and director of graduate studies at Cornell University. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University and has written widely on ancient Roman Comedy, specifically Plautus. His first book, Funny Words in Plautine Comedy was released by Oxford University Press in 2009. As a graduate student Michael spent a year in Rome on a Rotary Scholarship studying Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster.
Eric Hewett, co-founder and Executive Director of the Paideia Institute, graduated from Rice University in 1996 with a B.A. in Linguistics, with a focus on historical linguistics, Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Post-Bachelor in Classics. He spent the next seven years living and traveling in Western Europe, working as a teacher, tour guide, and translator. He speaks French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Basque and is a published translator of Basque poetry. In 2004 Eric moved to Rome, where he has earned an M.A. in Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum Pontifical Institute of the Lateran University and a joint Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Salerno and Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum. Eric serves as the Institute's Executive Director and Treasurer.
Charles McNamara received a Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2016, and he is currently the SCS/NEH Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, an international effort to write a dictionary covering the first millennium of Latin. Although trained in Classics departments, he has long-standing interests in the humanist reception of ancient literature. He has taught at Paideia's LLiR program twice, and he studied under Reginald Foster in the summer of 2006.
Alex is finishing his PhD in Classics at 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.