Claire Drone-Silvers MLS and Ph.D. Classical Studies
I chose to attend Indiana University in order to pursue a degree in Classical Studies and a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) concurrently. Although it was occasionally challenging to balance my schedule between the two programs, I found that many of the courses complemented each other, especially since courses in both programs encouraged use of the Lilly Library and its wealth of materials (including plenty of medieval manuscripts written in Latin). Since completing both degrees, I’ve been able to put my knowledge and skills to work as a processing assistant at the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at IUPUI, where I systematically arrange, describe, and preserve archival materials for future use. Ideally, I would love to continue working in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) field and to be able to incorporate some of my teaching and research experience in my future career.
Gwen Gibbons MA Latin
Last spring I was accepted to the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae’s Latin Lexicography Summer School in Munich for summer 2020 (rescheduled to 2021) and won a Pratt Travelling Fellowship from the Department of Classical Studies for the program. While in the program I hope to address questions about reproductive terminology in Augustan elegiac poetry, namely whether or not there is any lexicographical evidence in Ovid and Propertius for a change in the language of reproduction after the imposition of Augustus’s moral reform laws. The project will contribute to my broader research aims of studying women’s experiences and reproduction in antiquity through philological readings of Imperial poetry, which I hope to eventually pursue further in my PhD dissertation.
Sidney Kochman Ph.D. Classical Studies
During the last year of my undergraduate degree at Ohio Wesleyan University, I wrote an honors thesis on the nomos moikheias and women's sexual agency in Athenian law. In my time at IU, while I have continued to work within the Athenian courtroom, my approach has become more literary. I'm sure this has been influenced in no small part by my doctoral minor in Comparative Literature. My dissertation project which involves taking a literary theoretical approach to the Attic Orators is entitled Forensic Fabulae: Structures of Story in Attic Orations.