Eric Beckman Ph.D. 2020
My dissertation, Do You See What I'm Saying: Painting and Paideia in Philostratus' Imagines, examines how Philostratus' use of models drawn from visual art and the materiality of the paintings works in tandem with his deep understanding of the Hellenistic literary tradition in order to construct a network of examples intended to reinforce the elite ideals and cultural memories at the heart of paideia. Other research interests include Greek literature, Greek and Roman material culture, and issues of art provenance. From September 2016 to May 2017, I worked at the Getty Villa as the Graduate Intern in Antiquities. Currently, I am working on a project involving the provenance of the antiquities collection at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
Zoe Barnett MAT 2020
In my capacity as a first-year Assistant Teacher at The Windward School, I co-plan and co-instruct language arts for students with language processing disabilities, and I attend weekly professional development seminars to hone my skills as a special educator. My preparation in the IU Latin MAT program—specifically, in learning the inner workings and pedagogy of Latin and of language itself - has helped me immensely in both the hiring process and in the classroom. I also just really enjoyed how challenging the program was in general, and how aware I became of my strengths and how to best utilize them! That resulted from the classes I took, the instructors who taught them, and the mentor teacher with whom I was paired for student teaching. Additionally, my Latin teaching experience in the program trained me in the collaboration, instructional strategies (e.g. wait time, rephrasing, scaffolding), and relationship-building that my school values in its educators.
Sean Tandy Ph.D. 2019
I am a specialist in the Late Roman Empire, focusing specifically on the political role of literature in the fifth and sixth centuries CE. My dissertation, “Carmina Qui Quondam: Poetry, Identity, and Ideology in Ostrogothic Italy,” earned an Arthur Ross Pre-doctoral Rome Prize for the year 2018-19. During my year at the American Academy in Rome I explored the material context of numerous carmina epigraphica throughout the Italian peninsula. Currently, I am finishing a project that I began at Indiana University with fellow Classics Department PhD grad, Martin Shedd, and Religious Studies faculty Professor Jeremy Schott, a translation and commentary on the late fifth century Ecclesiastical History of Anonymous Cyzicenus. I currently teach in the University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program, offering introductory courses in World History, Classical Mythology, early Christianity, and the city of Rome.
Martin Shedd Ph.D. 2017
Since 2018 I have been the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Classics at Hendrix College, where I teach the full range of undergraduate courses and advise student projects such as, a treebanking commentary on Lucan, a classical reception paper about vampires, lamiae, and striges, and a middle school friendly adaptation of Plautus's Rudens. My research focuses on late antique historiographers and their creative use of rhetorical devices and genre conventions to establish authority with their audiences. Accidentally specializing in anonymous works, I have an article forthcoming in Classical Quarterly, “The Historia Augusta before Pal. lat. 899: Lost Manuscripts and Scribal Mediation,” and am writing another aticle on the Anonymous Ecclesiastical History falsely attributed to Gelasius of Caesarea. I have also co-authored (with Jeremy Hartnett and Sean Tandy) a translation of the Ecclesiastical History (now under review).
Mariah Smith Ph.D. 2016
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate (2018-present) with the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP) in the Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies department at the University of New Hampshire, after a year as Lecturer in Classics at the University of Southern California (2017-2018). My recent classes promote dialogue between the past and present, with courses on “Athens, Rome, and the birth of the USA” and “Democracies and Republics.” My article “Composing the Puella: Pliny the Younger’s Elegiac Experimentation” (Illinois Classical Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Spring 2020): 132-157) reexamines Pliny’s characterization of his wife, Calpurnia, as a poetic persona rather than as a historically accurate representation. In another article (under review) I read recitatio, the oral performances of written works, as a negotiation of social power between patrons and poets. My current research project is the creation of a database on Pliny’s Letters that tracks themes, geographical references, literary allusions, and reoccurring names in the letters. I will use this data to explore the intersection between characters within Pliny’s letters and their historical realities by cross referencing reoccurring names in the Letters with thematic, geographic, and onomastic markers.
Sean Miranda MAT 2014
After graduation I taught Latin for three years at Herron High School in Indianapolis. I worked with a team of Latin teachers at Herron and taught Latin II, Latin III, and AP Latin. I also sponsored the school's Classics Club and worked very closely with the Indiana Junior Classical League. Over the summer I accepted an offer from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. At Parker I teach all levels of Latin and have inherited an established and well-beloved program. The Department of Classical Studies prepared me for secondary teaching due to its rigor and supportive faculty. My time with the department has left me as a master of my craft and a competitive candidate. My position as an associate instructor also gave me invaluable teaching experience. Mentorship within the department also helped me select the education program that was the best fit for me.