Classics Professor’s Book Group for Vets Goes National

Twenty-two people from across the U.S. gathered on campus recently for five days to discuss Homer’s Odyssey. Their goal: to use the epic poem to draw parallels between war hero Odysseus’ long journey home after the Trojan War and the struggles veterans face today. 

The group included a linguist, an archaeologist, a high school teacher, veteran clinicians and service providers, and Dartmouth student veterans and alumni, among others. They were there because a Dartmouth professor was inspired more than a decade ago to start a book group for veterans, focusing on the Iliad and the Odyssey.

The Classics Department Welcomes Neeltje Irene Kuin

Professor Kuin specializes in the study of ancient Greek and Roman religion and philosophy and has a particular interest in Greek imperial literature and epigraphy. She completed her Ph.D. at NYU in 2015 and then held a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Ancient History at Groningen University in the Netherlands. She is the author of Leven met de goden: Religie in de oudheid (Living With the Gods: Religion in Antiquity; Amsterdam University Press 2018) as well as several scholarly articles, and has co-edited two volumes of essays. She is currently working on a book manuscript with the tentative title of Laughing with the Gods: Lucian and the Comic in Ancient Religious Experience.

She will be co-teaching CLST 4 Mythology Seminar this summer. Fall 2018 she will teach Latin 1 Introductory Latin and Latin 15 Literature and the Romans

Classics Faculty Awarded Neukom Institute CompX awards

Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to be able to announce the recipients of this year’s Neukom Institute CompX awards. It was a very difficult
decision process with over 1M$ in total requests. I wish I could have funded many more. That said, I would like to give
special thanks to George Morris and the entire Research Computing group. Their eagerness to engage with so many diverse
computational projects has enabled the NI CompX funding to go further. I encourage all of you with computational projects
needing technical support to seek out this fine group.
Thanks again for everyone’s engagement with the process. Please get in touch if you would like some more explicit
feedback. In total $230k was awarded. The list of recipients and the titles of the funded projects is below.
All best,
Dan Rockmore
Director, Neukom Institute for Computational Science
William H. Neukom 1964 Professor of Computational Science

Please congratulate Julie Hruby as the recipient of the 2018 Neukom CompX Faculty Grants
Julie Hruby (Classics) – Associating Fingerprint Patterns with Age and Sex: A Quantifiable Approach

'Homer Can Help You': War Veterans Use Ancient Epics to Cope

Professor Roberta Stewart’s course, in which veterans read Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, is spreading to other colleges. Reading Homer can help veterans cope with their own struggles, says Stewart.  Reading Homer can help veterans cope with their own struggles, says Stewart.


A small group of military veterans has been meeting weekly in a classroom at the University of Vermont to discuss "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" for college credit — and to give meaning to their own experiences, equating the close-order discipline of men who fought with spears, swords and shields to that of men and women who do battle these days with laser-guided munitions.


Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart, who is now hoping for a grant that will allow her to expand the idea nationwide. The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding.

Read about Professor Stewart in the Dartmouth News and the New York Times
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