Kristen has a B.A. in Italian Studies and Latin from the American University of Rome. Her M.A. in Italian Studies is from UC Berkeley, where she has taughtDanteand Renaissance literature and art history. In Italy, she has been a member of Paideia’s Rome office team; a participant in FIDEM’s Medieval manuscript studies program; an attendee of the Università Cattolica di Milano/Università di Verona’s summerDanteseminars.
Much of her academic activity could be shorthanded as: readingDante, reading past readers ofDante, and making new readers ofDante(and new readers of past readers ofDante). More generally, she studies the relationship between poetics, philosophy, and politics in the Italian Renaissance, as well as across the broader Italian intellectual tradition. In this vein, she is currently working on a project on the reception of 13th century poet, Guido Cavalcanti, in Marsilio Ficino’s Florence.When she isn’t reading Italian literature, she is probably reading music, reimagining the Renaissance as a rock opera and/or devising Kate Bush liturgies.
Logan has a B.A. in Classical Studies from Boston College, was a Rome Fellow at the Paideia Institute in 2015-16, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Latin and Greek literature at Boston College. He has specific interest in Renaissance humanists and modern reception of Classical literature. He enjoys books of all sorts, language learning, and storytelling. He plans to continue to learn languages, explore world literature, and foster appreciation for Classical learning while teaching ancient languages.
Claire Catenaccio is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Duke 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!
Leah Whittington is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Harvard University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of The Classics. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2011. Her research focuses on the reception of the classics in Renaissance art, literature, and culture. She is also Associate Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library. Leah was for many years a student of Fr. Reginald Foster and has a long history of involvement with summer Latin in Rome.
Jonathan Meyer holds degrees from Calvin College, Yale University, and the University of Kentucky, where he took part in the active Latin program at the Institute for Latin Studies. He is primarily interested in Latin of the Renaissance to the modern period. He was a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, and a fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck, Austria. He also studied under Reginald Foster. Since 2014 he has been an instructor for Living Latin in Rome and has taught occasional courses for Telepaideia. He is currently the primary instructor for Paideia's Rome fellowship.
Erin McKenna Hanses is a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University. Her main research focuses on responses to Lucretius in Roman love elegy as well as elegiac engagement with the Epicureanism of Lucretius and Philodemus. Other research areas include gender and identity in ancient Greece and Rome, and the intersection between medical and literary descriptions of pleasure in classical literature. She also has an abiding interest in ancient drama and how the dynamics of actor-audience interaction in classical texts can be highlighted through staging. As an advocate for active language pedagogy, Erin has taught for Paideia's Living Latin in Rome program since 2015, coordinated Aequora sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and facilitated active Latin learning through Telepaideia andbidua Latinafor Fordham and SALVI. She has presented her work in Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Canada, and across the United States.
Eric, Paideia's Chief Development Officer, received his B.A. in Classics from Yale College in 2011, and is now a Fellow of his residential college, Saybrook. He joined the Paideia Institute in 2018 after five years as an editor at The New Criterion. A violinist since age four, he has contributed reviews and articles on classical music to The Wall Street Journal, The Classical Review, The New Criterion, and The Hopkins Review.