Uploaded imageSophia Stone, assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, was one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, “The Verbal Art of Plato.”

CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies selected 21 faculty members out of 51 highly competitive nominations to participate in the seminar held July 24–30, at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, DC. The program is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Strengthening the teaching of the classics at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar series addresses the challenge of keeping alive in undergraduate education classical texts that a generation ago were read and understood by every college graduate,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

Designed primarily for non-specialists, the seminar explored Plato’s dialogues in which he “stages” encounters between Socrates, his mentor and some of the most celebrated intellectuals in the second half of the fifth century BCE. The language of these conversations reflects Plato’s keen ear for the complex traditions of verbal art.