G&L's newest Ph.D.

Fred Fraser (B.A., Classical and Early Christian Studies, Christendom College; M.A., Humanities, Concentrating in Classics, University of Dallas; M.A., Catholic University) successfully defended his dissertation, Figurative Language in the Philosophy of Plotinus, on December 2, 2022.  He is already a college faculty member in Greek and Latin, having served since 2010 as Fellow and Guildmaster at Thomas More College

First-year departmental major published in New York Times

Nathaniel Erb, a freshman Classical Studies major, has contributed to a New York Times collection of five college application essays dealing with "money, work or social class."

More placement success

  • Patricia Craig, Ph.D. 2022, has relocated to Front Royal, VA, to take up a three-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical and Early Christian Studies at Christendom College. Her position includes teaching multiple sections of elementary Latin using a mixed-method approach that incorporates living language pedagogy, as well as upper-level electives in Latin and Greek literature.
  • Lionel Yaceczko, Ph.D. 2016, has taken a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Classics at Benedictine College. The College has recently announced the establishment of the Sheridan Center for Classical Studies. Dr. Yaceczko is the author of Ausonius Grammaticus: The Christening of Philology in the Late Roman West (2021). He enthusiastically employs active Latin in his pedagogy, and will continue to use spoken Latin in his work with the Benedictine College community of Latinists.

The 2022 Saint Gregory Lecture | Thurs. March 24 | 5:15 PM

This year's Saint Gregory Lecturer is the Rev. Brian Dunkle, S.J., Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Boston College. Fr. Dunkle will be speaking on the topic "Consecrating the Quotidian in Ambrosian Hymnody." The lecture is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 24 at 5:15 PM in Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. It will be followed by a reception and is open to the public.  For disability accommodations, please contact cua-greek-latin@cua.edu at least one week before the event.

On Friday, March 25, at 2:00 pm, Fr. Dunkle will lead a graduate seminar on the topic "The Early Reception of Ambrose's Hymns." To register for this event, please email cua-greek-latin@cua.edu.

The Saint Gregory Lecture is sponsored by the Saint Gregory Institute for the Study of Latin Liturgical Texts, a collaborative project of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and the Department of Greek and Latin.

Celebrating our recent graduates and their placement success

The Department of Greek and Latin is delighted to announce that several recent graduates have been recognized for outstanding achievements and earned new positions in the field.   Congratulations to all!

  • Benjamin Lewis, Ph.D. 2019, was promoted in July 2020 to Director of Translation Services for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). In April 2021, he and his wife welcomed Genevieve Marie Lewis into the world. Her older siblings, Monica (5) and Charles (2), are quite fond of her, and she thinks they're pretty entertaining. 
  • Kathleen Kirsch, Ph.D. 2019, began in fall 2021 as Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Catholic Studies, and Director of the Summer Latin Institute, at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
  • Patricia Craig, M.A. (A.B.D.), is serving for academic year 2021-22 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, while continuing progress on her Ph.D. in this department.
  •  Jodie Augustine, M.A. forthcoming, began in fall 2021 as a full-time Lecturer of Greek and Latin at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, while continuing progress on her Ph.D. in this department.
  • Rachel Elam, M.A. 2021, began in fall 2021 as a Latin teacher at Tidewater Classical Academy, a private Christian school in Virginia Beach, VA.  Joining in a hybrid model of half-day classroom instruction and half-day homeschool instruction, she is teaching Latin for 5th through 9th grade students.
  • Matthew Blanchard, B.A. 2019, M.A. Art History (Ancient Art), University of Massachusetts, 2021, is teaching in fall 2021 as part-time Visiting Lecturer in Art History at Westfield State University.
  • Nissa Flanders, B.A. 2021, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and is currently pursuing her M.A. here in the Department of Greek and Latin.
  • Tim Buonocore, B.A. 2021, is pursuing his M.A. on a full teaching assistantship (tuition with stipend) at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  • Evan Dill, B.A. 2021, is pursuing his M.A. on a full teaching assistantship (tuition with stipend) at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Graduate students create and lead immersive spoken-Latin workshop

Patricia Craig, a Catholic University Ph.D. candidate in Greek and Latin, together with Charles Carman, a Ph.D. student in Church History, and Conor Stark, a Ph.D. student in Philosophy, created and led an immersive spoken Latin event called Triduum Virginiense at Christendom College, July 22-25, focusing upon Vergil's fourth Eclogue. They invited David Ring, who founded an active Latin program at Veritas Prep in Phoenix, AZ, to help lead the event. Triduum Virginiense was supported in part by a Program Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.  Below, L to R: David Ring, Charles Carman, Patricia Craig, and Conor Stark.