Silver Lake College history instructor Katie Walkner was one of only 20 faculty members from the Council of Independent Colleges institutions selected to participate in the "Song Culture of Athenian Drama" seminar this summer.
Led by professors Gregory Nagy and Kenneth Scott Morrell, the seminar will take place July 20-26 at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, D.C.
“I’m extremely excited to be going," Walkner said. "This seminar provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration, because it’s open to faculty from a variety of institutions and disciplines.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity not just for me but for my students as I’m teaching the Ancient Civilizations course in fall,” she said. “I’m hoping this provides students with an alternative way to experience ancient Mediterranean history. I’m really excited to bring back what I learn from my seminar and share it with the Silver Lake College community and the community at large.”
The Council of Independent Colleges has collaborated with the Center for Hellenic Studies since 2005 to provide seminars on teaching major classic texts to faculty members of small and mid-sized independent colleges, according to the CIC website.
Participants stay in campus housing and are awarded a stipend to help cover costs of travel and meals.
Discussions will focus on the work of playwright Euripides and how he drew upon, adapted and transformed a range of lyric traditions. Participants also will compare the choral song making of Euripides to approaches of his contemporaries.