BERKELEY DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS
2012 INTENSIVE SUMMER LATIN WORKSHOP
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About the 2012 Latin Workshop Staff
Director: John Lanier
John Lanier is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his A.B. in Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies from the University of Georgia in 2005 and his M.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Georgia in 2007. As of Summer 2012, John is beginning his dissertation phase at Berkeley. His current interests are diverse and include Greek and Phoenician archaeology in the Iron Age, Classical Greek history and epigraphy, Republican Roman political history, and military history. He has taught courses at all levels both at Berkeley and at Georgia, including Introductory Latin 1 and 2, Intensive Latin, the Summer Latin Workshop (Instructor, 2011), Greek civilization, Roman civilization, and Classical myth.
The Director of the Workshop has a dual role as administrative supervisor and instructor. In the classroom, the Director is responsible for presenting new grammar to students during the afternoon sessions of the first 6 weeks, as well as teaching one each of the Latin prose and poetry classes in the second half of the Workshop.
Instructors for the First Half
The two instructors in the first half of the Workshop are responsible for the morning segment of the first 6 weeks, including office hours for general questions and a three-hour sectional review session over points of grammar presented the previous afternoon. These sessions generally involve reviewing homework and drilling. In addition, the first half instructors administer and grade quizzes and exams.
Laura Pfuntner is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her BA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Oxford in 2005 and her MA from Berkeley in 2007. Her main areas of interest are Roman history, historiography, and archaeology, as well as the art and archaeology of the Hellenistic East. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled "The changing urban landscape of Roman Sicily." She has taught a variety of courses related to the history and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world at Berkeley, including Latin 1
and Roman Civilization.
Instructor for the Second Half
The fourth member of the Latin Workshop team teaches an additional Latin prose and Latin poetry course in the final 4 weeks of the Workshop. These additional classes offer students in the Latin workshop the opportunity to select from a greater range of options for the second half reading courses.
David B. Pass is a PhD candidate in the Classics department at UC Berkeley. He graduated from Dartmouth College and came to Berkeley via the Penn post-bac program. He is currently working on a dissertation on the reception of Plato in antiquity.
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