Senior Ann Gallagher won the 2016 Monteverdi Prize through Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), allowing her to spend the summer as a scholar-in-residence at Monteverdi Tuscany, an Italian hotel and center for the liberal arts founded by PLS alumnus Michael Cioffi ’75. The Monteverdi Prize, a scholarship created by the Cioffi family for PLS majors, also includes research funding for the summer and $10,000 toward the recipient’s university student account.
Several opportunities for further study of the Classics this summer are now accepting applications.
"I became a Greek and Roman Civilization and Pre-Health Studies major to learn more about a time period I found fascinating and prepare for medical school to become a doctor. I did not realize just how much overlap I would find and how instrumental Classics would be in my study of the sciences."
Joshua Benjamins, an MA student in Early Christian Studies, will be presenting papers at several upcoming conferences.
Applications are invited from specialists in Greek literature and culture, with a chief area of interest anywhere from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity, for a tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame, to begin in August 2017.
"Classics isn’t necessarily something you just study; it’s something that can influence the very way you understand the world and live your life."
Augustine of Hippo is recognized as one of the most important church fathers and greatest thinkers of Christianity. While many theologians and philosophers study his work, Hildegund Müller, associate professor of classics and associate vice president for research at Notre Dame, takes a different approach to reading Augustine’s texts.
"Classics molds the way you think and approach different subjects and it helps you better articulate yourself and your arguments. Just as importantly, studying classics gives you an ability to understand the historical and cultural background to Western civilization."
"I love classics not only because it is an interesting subject to study, but also because the influence is timeless and evident everywhere still today."
Tom Hite '16 spent eight months in Europe on three different ventures all funded and accessed through the Department of Classics and Notre Dame.
"I love classics because it is such a versatile subject."