Seth Pevnick '99

As a Classical Archaeology major at Dartmouth, I took part in the
Classics Department's 1997 Foreign Study Program in Rome, and also served as
ancient coin intern at the Hood Museum of Art in 1998-99. This was my first
opportunity to work directly with ancient objects, and although it took some
time, this truly helped to shape my professional career. Following
graduation, I excavated in the Athenian Agora with the American School of
Classical Studies, but did not yet see a future for myself as a classicist or
archaeologist. Instead, I joined Teach for America and taught elementary
school for two years in Lynwood, CA. During this time, as I sought creative
ways to incorporate the ancient world into my lessons, I decided to pursue
graduate school and a career connected to the ancient world. Recalling my
time working with objects in the field as well as at the Hood Museum, I chose
to pursue advanced degrees at UCLA, where I would be able to continue to work
on excavations but perhaps also work with colleagues and collections at the
J. Paul Getty Museum nearby. Fortunately for me, I was able to find work in
the Getty Antiquities Department, which prepared me for my current position
at the Tampa Museum of Art. In 2015, my career came full circle in a sense,
as I was able to work with colleagues at the Hood Museum to bring an
antiquities exhibition, "Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life,"
from Tampa to Hanover!