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Kevin OuelletteKevin Ouellette: Since graduating from BU in 2010 with a double major in Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilizations, I have taught Latin to high school students at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park.  Now in my sixth year of teaching, I have taught Latin II, Latin III, and Latin IV courses.  Each year I strive to create engaging and meaningful lessons for my students through review activities, translation competitions, and interactive projects.  With each successive year, my awareness of classroom dynamics matures and my cache of teacher strategies expands.  I am grateful for the training I received from BU, both in my double major and through SED.  My Classics courses at BU equipped me to teach Latin and my SED courses prepared me for the specifics of teaching.

Molly A. K. Connors: Vergil might have said, Non omnia possumus omnes –we all can’t be all things– but some might say I’ve tried since graduating in 2003.  That first summer, I excavated with the American School of Classics Studies in the Athenian Agora and then traveled through Spain, France, and England before coming back to Boston and taking the first job I could get: a teacher’s aid in a special needs classroom in Chelsea Mass. I spent the following year as an administrative assistant. Since then, I’ve taught Latin and Greek at BC High in Dorchester and the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, Maryland, where I also coached cross-country and riflery. In 2008 I came back to BU (double terrier!) to do a master’s in broadcast journalism. In that time, I interned at WBUR, Boston’s NPR newstation, working in their newsroom, on their web site, and on the nationally syndicated show On Point with Tom Ashbrook. In my last semester in my master’s program, through a BU program, I covered the Massachusetts Statehouse for the Cape Cod Times and Cape and Islands Public Radio – while occasionally working the morning edition shift at WBUR. (I was cranky and you would be too.) Now, with my master’s done – I did my final creative project on a community of cloistered nuns in Jamaica Plain — I’m reporting for the Boston Globe as a hyper local correspondent, covering Hingham, Scituate, Norwell, and Quincy. I guess, for the edification of the department, I should note that my classmates and I are sharing a 2010 college division Associate Press award for best documentary. (I contributed  piece about Trappist monks who make ends meet in part by selling a million and a half jars of jelly every year.)

To see our collective award-winning work, see this link:

To see an audio slideshow I did about those monks, go here:

Professor Johnson always used to say that it’s hard to overwhelm a classics major with work because we’re so used to working really hard just to stay afloat. I find this is true.  I work a lot now, all the time really, but when I compare the workload I have now – 70 hours a week, a lot of night work, a lot of tedious stuff on deadline with people sometimes yelling at me – I then think of my Thucydides class with Professor Haase….and my Peter and Paul class with professor Haase…and my Sallust class with Professor Haase, and all of a sudden, I’m just grateful I’m writing reading and writing in English.  Now that I’m a reporter, I finally have a job that matches my interests and talents while serving a need in my need my community.  I’m eternally grateful for the training in fact-checking and sourcing I received from the classics faculty. But even more, I’m grateful for the friendship and love they have given me.

Beth Jacquet (Beth Beriau, CAS’02): Since graduating in 2002, I have been teaching Latin and history at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut.  Working at a boarding school for high school students has also given me the opportunity to coach soccer and basketball, moderate a number of student clubs, be a dorm mother for a short while, and even lead students abroad to Italy.  In recent years, I gave up my coaching and dorm obligations to pursue a masters degree in History and Culture from Vermont College.   Focusing my research on the Etruscans, I was inspired to look more at history than language after studying in Rome in 2003 at the American Academy in Rome’s Classical Summer School under Ann Vasaly.

BU is a very, very fond memory from past, and I do my best to encourage future classics scholars to join your department.  I have been so pleased to keep in touch with a number of professors from both Classics and the Core Curriculum- and am always so pleased that these teachers are willing to continue to correspond with me despite their busy lives.  It means more to me than many of them can know.

Sarah MacMillen (Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, 2007) is a graduate of the Classics department (BA, Classics and Religion, 2000, magna cum laude).  Professor MacMillen currently holds a tenure-track position in the Sociology Department and the Policy Center at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  Dr. MacMillen draws from her BU courses in ancient philosophy, religion, and civilization to teach classes in social theory, sociology of religion, and peace studies.  She has published articles in social theory, religion, social psychology, and the conflict in Israel- Palestine.  Her dissertation dealt with contemporary grief and mourning in different cultures, religions, and classes–and even includes parallel references to Herodotus.  She has authored a book on Catholic initiation practices, edited a manuscript on religious dialogue that is currently under review, and is working on a book discussing Hannah Arendt, Gillian Rose, and Simone Weil–three Jewish social theorists whose writings examined the Greek classics among other topics.  In her leisure time, Sarah also enjoys singing in choirs in the Pittsburgh area and occasionally appearing in orchestras with her clarinet. Sarah is also an avid runner and swimmer, and plays a pick-up soccer match from time to time.  Her favorite courses at BU were Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire with Loren Samons II, which introduced her to a blend of history with literary analysis of classic texts like Augustine’s Confessions, and a translation class of Plato’s Republic with Stephanie Nelson, which whetted her appetite for political theory.

Anne Mahoney: I received my PhD from the department in 2000. I had started work at Tufts in the summer of 1999 as a researcher at the Perseus Digital Library Project.  Once I received my degree, I began teaching as well. I left Perseus in 2004 to become lecturer in classics at Tufts. I teach Greek, Latin, linguistics, and occasionally Sanskrit.  I have written several textbooks, most recently “First Greek Course,”forthcoming this summer from Focus.  Other books include “Plautus: Amphitryo” (a commentary on the play), “Morice’s Stories in Attic Greek” and “Rouse’s Greek Boy” (new editions of wonderful 19th-century readers), and “Roman Sports and Spectacles” (a sourcebook in translation).  I have also published articles on the 19th-century Latin poet Giovanni Pascoli, on pedagogy, and on various topics in digital humanities.  I’m particularly fond of reviewing books, and write several reviews a year on topics from neo-Latin to ancient mathematics. I am an active member of CANE and was deeply honored to receive that organization’s Barlow Beach Distinguished Service Award in March 2010.