The unusual pace of work at the Institute is made possible by the total immersion and total dedication on the part of both students and faculty. All programs are team-taught by experienced instructors, with hourly rotation of staff providing for exposure to a variety of approaches. In addition to our low student-faculty ratio, each student benefits from an assigned advisor and unparalleled access to our entire staff. The principles of team-teaching, individualized instruction, and a very carefully developed structure are some of the major ingredients that have made the programs so successful. The Latin/Greek Institute provides a unique and exciting intellectual environment for all its participants.
There are six to ten faculty members teaching in the Institute each summer.
Carlo DaVia is currently a Lecturer at Fordham University, where he received his M.A. in Classics and Ph.D. in Philosophy. He previously received a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA. His research draws upon the wisdom of classical antiquity in effort to improve the ways in which we think and argue about pressing ethical issues today. As a former student of the Latin/Greek Institute, he cannot adequately express its merits. Students not only learn Greek or Latin with remarkable rigor, they also experience studium in its truest sense. So while some sign up for mindfulness retreats, Carlo prefers to spend his summers memorizing principal parts.
This will be my 42nd summer teaching in the Greek Institute. I wouldn't dream of spending a summer any other way.
After getting a B.A. in Classics from Princeton and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, I spent most of my career at Brooklyn College. I've now retired from Brooklyn and from directing the Institute--but not from teaching.
My LGI career began when Floyd Moreland, who founded the Latin Institute in 1973, decided to add a program in Greek. Gerry Quinn and I agreed to write the textbook. In the summer of 1978 we launched the Greek program, after an unbelievably intense ten months of drafting and re-drafting every word in the book. By then I had become an Institute veteran. Gerry and I had pre-taught every single lesson for an audience consisting of Floyd, Rita Fleischer, and Stephanie Russell, all seasoned instructors in the Latin program. More than once, we had to repeat a class to get the timing right or to make sure that we were completely clear and consistent. I learned a lot about teaching, and I came to understand the collaborative enterprise that is the heart and soul of the Institute.
Sometimes people ask me if I don't get tired of teaching the same thing year after year. No I don't. Every year the Institute is completely new. The students arrive, knowing little or nothing of the language. Ten weeks later, they have read authors like Plato and Euripides, Cicero and Vergil, at a scholarly level few students ever attain. Just as important, they have learned what you can accomplish when you give everything to a task. We know where the students will be at the end of those 50 days. Seeing them arrive there is the richest reward for our effort.
Just as Gerry Quinn and I pre-taught everything before that first summer, the faculty are meeting this spring to pre-teach the material and prepare ourselves for Institute classes. It still takes plenty of preparation, even if you've done it many times before.
My main summer recreation is walking all over New York City. I need the exercise, both before and after a day at the LGI. My other extracurricular concern is tapirs.
Yekaterina Kosova-Krauss is a three-time alumna of the Latin/Greek Institute, and has taught multiple summers of Basic Latin, Basic Greek, and Upper-level Greek. She holds a B.A. in rhetoric and philosophy from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She has studied classics at Columbia University and New York University, receiving her M.A. from the latter in 2011. During the year she is a working artist and carpenter, and teaches Figure Drawing and Anatomy for artists at Shoestring Studio in Brooklyn. Reading Ancient Greek and Latin is one of her main activities even when the Institute is not in session - get in touch with her if you are interested in joining a reading group!
Aramis López is a Ph.D. student in classics at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also an adjunct at Hunter College, where he teaches Ancient Greek and classics in translation. His research interests include Hellenistic philosophy and poetry as well as Greek metrics. He is also interested in the relationship and possible contacts between Greek and Indian philosophy. He is writing his dissertation on the Greek historian of philosophy, Diogenes Laertius. This will be his seventh summer teaching at the institute.
Jeremy March is a graduate of the 2000 Upper-level Latin Institute. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center, having earned an M.A. in classics at the Graduate Center and a B.A. in classics and philosophy from the University of Mary Washington. His interests lie primarily in Greek language and linguistics, Pindar, stylometry and applications of technology in the humanities. Combining his love of classics and technology he developed philolog.us, a Website and iPhone app which offers an interface to the Greek and Latin lexica originally digitized by the Perseus Project. As a former student of the Latin/Greek Institute, March believes the intensive study that the institute demands will have a lasting and rewarding impact on all who undertake it.
Having been a student in both the basic Greek program (’90) and the basic Latin program (’91), in one way or another, I have remained close to the Institute. I received a BA in Philosophy from Ohio University in 1990, and came to New York City specifically to attend the Institute. I remained in New York to pursue graduate studies at the GC. This summer marks my eleventh summer teaching at the Institute. I will be teaching in the Upper Level Greek program and, once again, I am looking forward to the rigor and intensity that only the Institute offers.
Lucas G. Rubin
Lucas G. Rubin was appointed director of the Latin/Greek Institute in the summer of 2020. A two-time alumnus (Basic Latin ’95, Basic Greek ’96), he received his Ph.D. in classics from the University of Buffalo. An unabashed enthusiast of the ancient (especially Roman) world and a member of Brooklyn College’s Department of Classics, his scholarship is quite eclectic, including forays into Brooklyn history, the occasional inquiry into classics and classical archaeology, as well as consideration of higher education policy and practice. Prior to Brooklyn College, he worked at Columbia University in a range of capacities, from coordinator of archaeology programs to director of professionally focused graduate degrees. When the Institute is not in session, Rubin is the College’s Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, where he administers the College’s extension campus in lower Manhattan and oversees curricular and programming initiatives across campus. He is deeply committed to promoting and advancing the study of Latin and Greek.
Akiva Saunders began his Latin and Greek studies at the institute and has been a teacher here since 2005. During the rest of the year, he is a pioneer in teaching Latin to the very young; every week he teaches Latin to 450 students in grades 2–6 in the New York City public school system.
His B.A. in linguistics is from Reed College and his M.A. in religion is from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His training in classics is from the institute and course work at Columbia University. Along the way he attended rabbinical school at the Center for Torah Study and was a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute for Talmudic Studies, both in Jerusalem. In his spare time he enjoys basketball and hiking in the backcountry.
Christopher Mark Simon
Christopher Mark Simon is a lecturer in classics within the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of California, Riverside. He received his A.B. in classics from Princeton University, as well as an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in classics from Yale University. A former fellow of Thesaurus linguae Latinae, his current research interests broadly embrace Roman historiography and ancient intellectual life, specifically ancient thinking about language, Roman landscapes of fear, and the changing nature of friendship in the first century BC. About him, Sallust might have written: plurumum facere, minime ipse de se loqui. His past students know elephanto beluarum nulla prudentior. This summer marks his fifth year at the LGI.