Jonathan had the distinct privilege of learning Latin at the feet and mensa of the Venerable David Morgan. Thence he formed friendships with Latin and Greek-speakers the world over, and he took his love for classical languages to Catholic seminaries in Germany, Italy, France, and the United States. He completed course work for the S.T.D. with a specialization in Patristics at the Institutum Patristicum "Augustinianum" in Rome, Italy. He lives in urbe with his wife and children and [ill]ic mane[bunt] optime. Jonathan's greatest pleasure is to sing Liturgical Music in Latin, Greek, and Church Slavonic.
Arkadi was born and raised in Leningrad, USSR. He was among the founders and faculty of the first independent School of Religion and Philosophy there. He has a Ph.D. in Early History of Christian Doctrine from Princeton Theological Seminary. Publications include: a monograph on Clement of Alexandria (American and Russian editions); an annotated translation of a treatise by Maximus Confessor (two Russian editions). Since 2004, he has been a regular participant of the Classical Philosophy Reading Group at Princeton.
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.
Maria Luisa holds an A.B. and PhD in Classics and Rhetoric from the University of Calabria, where she wrote a dissertation on Ovid and the rhetoric aspects of his poetry. She was fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich for two years, and is now the translator of Christopher Krebs’ A Most Dangerous Book. Maria Luisa has many years of experience in teaching Latin and Greek, both with the traditional and spoken approach. After moving to the US, she specialized in teaching Italian as second language, with a degree from Università per Stranieri di Siena. She is currently completing her qualification as ACTFL OPI proficiency tester.
James Dobreff is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He holds MAs from Wayne State University and the University of Chicago, and PhD from the University of Lund. His latest book, published in Swedish, was a finalist the best non-fiction book for 2012 in the Augustpriset competition. He held the prestigious James Ford Bell Lecture in 2011 and has lectured at the Royal Geographical Society in London and the Botanical Gardens of Paris. He has the rare distinction for a Latinist of having established the provenance of eighty insects from the 18th century in the collection of the Swedish Museum of Natural History. His interest in spoken Latin dates to his 1993 MA thesis on the pedagogical methods of Isaac Flagg. He currently runs a spoken Latin program for elementary students at UMass Boston, where he also teaches conversational Latin to graduate students and serves as co-director of the Conventiculum Bostoniense. Prof. Dobreff is a Latinist and historian with a research focus on Neo-Latin and scientific writings in Latin from the 14th to 19th centuries. His publications include works on 18th century natural history, Neo-Latin manuscripts, 17th century epistolography, plant and insect taxonomy. His historical critical edition of the naturalist travel journal Diarium Surinamicum is due out later this year as is his first article treating Copernicus’ only student, G.J. Rheticus.
Andrei Gotia was born and raised in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he completed his studies in Latin and Greek at the Babes-Bolyai University. His doctorate (2005) was on the way Homer, Virgil and Quintus of Smyrna use colors. Andrei has been teaching Latin and Greek at college level for twenty years, most of them at the International Theological Institute (Trumau, Austria). Andrei considers himself fortunate to have studied under Fr. Reginald Foster in Rome and to have taken summer classes at the Accademia Vivarium Novum. Given an interest in Neo-Latin by the late Guido Angelino, Andrei started writing Latin stories, which were published by Latinitas and Vox Latina.
Outreach Manager for Classical Tours; Instructor, Telepaideia
David Hewett is a Ph.D. Candidate in Classics at the University of Virginia, where he is completing his dissertation on Seneca's Epistulae Morales. Beyond Seneca, he researches ancient philosophy in its social and literary contexts, Greek mythology and its reception, and ancient historiography. He has studied with Reginald Foster in Rome and participates regularly in Terence Tunberg's Conventicula. He graduated from Dickinson College in 2002 with a B.A. in Classical Studies, and has been a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens. He currently lives in Southwestern Virginia with his wife, where he spends his free time obsessed with music, esotericism, and learning to farm.
Paul is the author of Hacking with Swift, Pro Swift, Server-Side Swift, Hacking with macOS, Hacking with watchOS, Hacking with tvOS, Swift Coding Challenges, Practical iOS 11, and more. Suffice it to say, he quite likes Swift. And coffee. (But mostly Swift.) (And coffee.) Paul holds degrees in computer science, English literature, and classical studies, is a chartered engineer, and speaks at iOS conferences around 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.
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.
Marcello Lippiello was born and raised in the Bronx, New York (whence his Latin nom de guerre Marcellus Bronxiensis), 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 Kentucky and from Duke University. He is also a proud alumnus of LGiG 2013 and 2014 (where he played Tiresias in the Bacchae). For four years, he taught all levels of Greek and Latin at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia; he has just recently relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he is a Lecturer at the Pontifical College Josephinum.
Laura Manning holds a B.A. (Classics, and Latin) from Montclair State University and an M.A. (Classics) from the University of Kentucky. She has also earned the graduate certificate in active Latin at University of Kentucky, and is a licensed, certified teacher of Latin. Laura spends some time each summer honing her Latin skills with her fellow participants of the Conventiculum Latinum at the University of Kentucky. She is the proud mother of three talented and wonderful sons, and the grandma of her amazing granddaughter. Her family, including the dog and cat, all of whom live in NJ except for her oldest son who is stationed in HI, are all helping her to earn her PhD, which she is working toward at the University of Kentucky, where she designs and conducts research on Latin pedagogy.
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.
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.
Jonathan Meyer holds a B.A. from Calvin College and an M.A. from Yale University. He also participated in the active Latin program at the University of Kentucky, where he earned an additional M.A. His interests in the ancient world and the classical tradition extend broadly, but he is primarily focused on Latin literature of the Renaissance and early modern period. He spent a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, studying the Latin travel diaries of Cyriac of Ancona. He also worked on neo-Latin novels written in the Habsburg empire as a fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck, Austria. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Classics at Johns Hopkins University.
Andrew (Andreas latine) received his BA and MAT from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been a participant in Paideia’s Living Latin in Rome (2016), Caesar in Gaul (2016), Living Greek in Greece (2017), Living Latin in New York programs as well as other living Latin programs held by SALVI. Andrew’s academic interests include Indo-European historical and comparative linguistics, language pedagogy and acquisition theory, Classical Rhetoric, historiography, Classical reception, and Greco-Roman warfare and military history. Since acquiring his MAT, Andrew has sought to teach high school Latin and Greek as well as assisting others in developing their language fluency. Currently he resides in South Africa.
Greek Curriculum Development Fellow, Instructor, LGiG
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Slocum Bailey is a gleeful and innovative Latin teacher and teacher-trainer who is gung-ho about helping learners and teachers maximize their joy and success. As an educational consultant and speaker with Indwelling Language, Justin mentors teachers and learners worldwide while supporting schools, districts, publishers, software developers, travel companies, and non-profits. He devotes much of his time to supporting 21st-century Latinists through undertakings such as the Latin Listening Project, LIMEN--A Latin Teaching Portal, and the Quomodo Dicitur? Podcast. A current resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Justin thrives on jujutsu and lolling lakeside with his family.
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.
Alan van den Arend is a graduate student pursuing his MA in Classics at the University of Kentucky, along with a certificate in Latin Studies from the Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendae and a certificate in Social Theory from the Committee for Social Theory. Alan received his BA in Latin & Ancient Greek at Cornell University and was a fellow at the Accademia Vivarium Novum during the 2013-2014 school year. His academic interests focus on issues of intellectual history, genre formation, reception, and the history of Classics and Latin didactics, especially during the Renaissance. His major research interest is in exploring the ways that the social systems of education, politics, and economics influence and impact each other throughout Western history by using Classical languages and texts as a primary tool for investigation. Prior to coming to UK, Alan was employed as a high school teacher in New Jersey. He is a frequent participant of Living Latin in NYC (2013, 2015, 2016) and has served as a guest presenter at a number of previous Paideia events (Living Latin in Rome 2014, Living Latin at Westtown 2014, and Living Latin at the Barnes 2015).
Donna Zuckerberg is the founding editor of Eidolon. She received her Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 2014 for her dissertation on ancient Greek tragedy and comedy. Her writing has appeared in academic journals and in online publications such as Jezebel and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She served as the Paideia Institute's Director of Communications until 2013, and now teaches for Telepaideia and Stanford Continuing Studies.