Glodzik Participates in Hellenic Studies Seminar
One-of-twenty scholars selected nationwide
Jeffrey Glodzik PhD, associate professor of History, was selected as 1 of 20 scholars nationwide by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, The Ancient Greek Hero.
Hellenic Studies focuses on the ancient Greek world and includes poetry, drama, politics, history, and religion. The seminar focused on the challenge of the continued use of classical texts in undergraduate education such as the Iliad, Odyssey, Homeric Hymns, poetry of Hesiod, and Histories by Herodotus. Scholars from different humanities were able to share ideas of how to use these stories in their courses.
“My interest in Hellenic Studies grew out of my love of the ancient Roman world,” reflects Glodzik. “While Greek and Roman culture are undoubtedly different, there are some fascinating similarities. I am particularly interested in epic poetry of the Greeks and Romans and how such works reveal the worldview of each culture, notably the perception of heroes.”
Glodzik says he’s excited to apply what he learned into the History course he teaches as part of the new general education core.
“The interdisciplinary nature of our work was enlightening,” he says. “I truly enjoyed working with English and philosophy professors when we were required to present to all the seminar members on different topics within Greek texts. I will most definitely apply what I learned in the seminar to the HIS 112 class that is part of the new general education core at D’Youville.
Glodzik also says he’ll always have time to discuss his favorite part of Hellenic Studies in his courses. “I cannot say that I have a favorite story or god, but I have always appreciated the god Apollo raining down plagues on the Greeks during the Trojan War in The Iliad. The gods can be quite angry, petty, and jealous — yet also loving and protective. I think they are more relatable to humanity than the omnipotent deity of monotheism.”
Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the seminar was held in Washington, D.C., at the end of July.
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 769 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges and other higher education affiliates that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society.